To understand why schools have “annual funds,” consider the financial model for independent schools. Independent schools have no government resources from which they are initially funded. BDS was created through the conviction of its founders who more than 55 years ago, put their money where their hearts were and made gifts to build the physical plant, to hire teachers, and to buy books before there were any students in the classroom.
The BDS Annual Fund campaign is a vital component to the operating budget of our school. Those making a gift of $1,000 or more will be recognized as members of the BDS Society. The Terrace Level will recognize those making a gift of $2,500 or more. Regardless of the amount, a gift at any level is greatly appreciated. Full participation among all of our families is a major goal of our Annual Fund.
There is another important aspect to our Annual Fund apart from the simple fact that we need the dollars raised to cover the cost of the program we want BDS students to have. Even in times when only a small contribution will fit in a family’s budget, it is important to make it. Among ourselves, it feels good to know we’re all in it together; to an outsider, the percentage of our supporters who give may be the thing that distinguishes us from the competition when we are in the running for special funding from outside sources.
The Annual Fund campaign is an effort that is overseen by the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, with support from the Development Coordinator and the Head of School. Please make a pledge or give online TODAY! Your gift is tax deductible; Burlington Day School is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.