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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the Annual Giving Campaign

Why does the school ask for an annual contribution to the Annual Giving Campaign?

FWC is committed to keeping tuition at a competitive level. Simply put, the Annual Giving Campaign enables FWC to do more than just what tuition provides. Whether it be additional support to attract and retain outstanding teachers, continued technology enhancement, or additional need-based scholarship support, your Annual Giving support makes a difference each and every year. It also provides you an opportunity to receive an income tax deduction for your charitable gift to FWC to the extent allowed by law.

How is my Annual Giving support different from supporting the auction?

Support for the Annual Giving Campaign and the auction are both important and appreciated.  However, they are designed differently and typically serve different purposes and have different benefits. Annual Giving Campaign gifts are tax-deductible and there are no goods or services provided in exchange for the gifts.  Participation is key in Annual Giving and we ask all constituent groups (teachers, trustees, parents, etc.) to participate. Annual Giving is currently targeting three specific impact areas: faculty, technology, and scholarship. The auction is both a fundraising and community building event that typically involves ticket purchases, sponsorships, a silent and live auction, and a student-impact appeal.  Both are important, but they are constructed differently. 

If I support the Booster Club, a capital project, purchase an advertisement, or support another area, will I still be asked to make an Annual Giving gift?

We do ask everyone to consider supporting the Annual Giving Campaign. As the name indicates, it is “annual” and helps us fund specific needs that impact our teachers and students. High participation numbers enable us to approach foundations that measure our culture of philanthropy on our Annual Giving participation.  

How will I be asked to give and when will this appeal occur?
The school will make an appeal to you early in the school year asking for your support of the Annual Giving Campaign. We ask you to consider making a gift or pledge of support soon after receiving this first appeal. If you do choose to make a pledge at this time, it may provide you the opportunity to give more than you first anticipated by spreading out the pledge payments over a longer time period. Our goal is for all pledges to be made by commitment week (typically in October).

Is it important for me to participate in the Annual Giving Campaign even if I am not able to make a large donation?
We want everyone to join us in support, no matter the gift amount. Our desire is for gifts of equal sacrifice not equal amounts.  

What are the ways I can make a gift?

Gifts can be made by check, bank draft, credit card, stock, or matching gifts. Gifts can be made online at  

Can I pledge a gift and pay in installments?

Gifts can be pledged and paid in installments. A monthly pledge enables you to spread out your payments and possibly give a larger gift.