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Frequently Asked Questions About Fundraising
Q. 
What is Annual Giving?
A. 
Annual Giving refers to unrestricted gifts made on a yearly basis which directly support the operating budget.  Annual Giving is an opportunity for our community to support our greatest priorities, the people and programs that make Beauvoir special. A tax-deductible gift to Annual Giving is the first gift we ask of every parent at the beginning of the school year.

Q. Why Does Beauvoir ask for Annual Gifts in addition to tuition?
A. 
As is the case in most independent schools, tuition income is simply not adequate to cover our operating expenses.  This year the cost to educate each child is $5,050 more than the cost of actual tuition.

Q. Why doesn’t Beauvoir just raise tuition?
A. 
The Administration and the Governing Board are committed to making a Beauvoir education affordable to as many families as possible.  An increase in tuition that would replace the funds raised through Annual Giving would be significant, and jeopardize the socio-economic diversity of our community.

Q. What is an appropriate amount to give?
A. 
We hope that while you are a parent, you will make Beauvoir your highest philanthropic priority.  Only you can decide on an amount that is appropriate for your family.    Beauvoir counts on gifts of all sizes. Last year, parents give from $20 to $15,000 and the average family gift was $2,100.

Q. 
How is Annual Giving different from the Scholarship Auction?
A. 
Annual Giving and the Scholarship Auction both provide critical operating support for Beauvoir, but they play slightly different roles.

Annual Giving is the foundation of philanthropy at Beauvoir – the largest fundraising effort each year which directly supports our operating budget and bridges the gap that exists between tuition and the actual cost of a Beauvoir education. Participation in Annual Giving is also an indicator of our community’s strength, making support at any level especially powerful – and our top priority.

The Scholarship Auction, which is sponsored by our Parents Association is a celebratory community-wide event which is a wonderful way to volunteer and support Beauvoir. The money raised by the Auction directly funds scholarship assistance and the scholarship fund.