Annual Fund FAQS

Annual Fund FAQs

What does the Annual Fund Support?
The Annual Fund is unrestricted giving that supports the areas of
greatest need within the school’s budget.
The Annual Fund supports areas such as:

Student Enrichment
Academic Programming
Student Support Services
Experiential Education
Teaching Excellence
Student Scholarship

Why am I being asked to support the Annual Fund in addition to paying tuition?
Tuition alone does not cover the full expense for a student to attend Telluride Mountain School.
As an independent school and 501(c)3 non-profit organization, TMS relies on the generosity of
our community to make up the gap between expenses and revenue from tuition and fees.
For the 2020-21 school year, this gap is approximately $3,000 per student.

Why not raise tuition?
No independent school could charge the full cost of educating its students without pricing itself out of the market.
That’s why every independent school has an Annual Fund. At our current tuition levels, the school is able
to make a TMS education more affordable to more families. Many families appreciate the opportunity
to claim a tax deduction; gifts to the school are tax deductible, but tuition is not.

Who supports the Annual Fund?
We strive to receive 100% participation from current families, trustees, faculty, staff, grandparents and friends.

How much should I give?
You are the only one who knows how much you are able to give, and we ask only that you give to the
best of your ability. If you feel you are of average means within the community then please give accordingly.
If you are able to give more, please do so. Every gift is important and sends a message of strong support
for the school and our students. While your children are enrolled at Telluride Mountain School,
we do ask each family to make the school a philanthropic priority.

Are there other fundraising activities besides the Annual Fund at TMS
Yes. In addition to asking everyone in the school to participate in the Annual Fund, we have several events
and ongoing projects each year that strive to raise significant funds, such as the Winter/Spring Fundraiser
and various other events throughout the year.

Why is participation important?
The school’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of its constituency.
Participation sends a strong message of support for the school and our students.

May I make a pledge in fulfillment of an Annual Fund Gift?
Yes. Gifts to the Annual Fund Campaign may be fulfilled by pledges and you may pay in installments.
To work out a monthly installment schedule for your donation, please contact Director of Advancement,
Stephanie Griebe at 970.728.1969 ext 15.

Can I donate stock to the Annual Fund?
Yes. This is a great way to make a gift to the school. Giving securities provides you
with a tax deduction for the appreciated value of the stock without incurring capital gains tax.
Stephanie Griebe at 970.728.1969 ext 15 would be very pleased to provide you with details on how to make stock gifts.

Have more questions?
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Griebe, Director of Advancement,
at 970.728.1969 ext 15 or 
sgriebe@telluridemtnschool.org.

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