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Oak Hall Annual Fund FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does the school ask us for contributions in addition to our tuition?

The cost of an independent school education is such that tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of educating each student. As is the case with many other independent schools, our development efforts are designed to solicit charitable gifts in order to bridge the gap between income and the actual cost of operating the school.

Why doesn't the school charge enough to cover operating costs?

If tuition was increased to cover the the actual cost of programs, many families could not afford to send their families to our school. This could mean a drop in enrollment, resulting in a cutback of our programs and steeper tuition increases in order to fund all operations, which would adversely affect your child's education. Additionally, charitable gifts would be even more difficult to obtain given the increased cost of sending a child to the school. This would preclude our ability to finance many of the important campus programs and improvements made possible by charitable support.

Is giving to an annual fund unique to our school?

No. Independent schools have long relied on the generosity and loyalty of their constituencies to advance their institutions. Very few, if any, private, independent schools, colleges or universities meet their financial obligations with tuition alone.

May I request that my gift go toward a specific interest?

Certainly. We currently have identified four areas that need our attention.

  • Greatest Need:  Greatest Needs gifts support every student and faculty member by giving the school flexibility to meet needs as they arise and to fully fund our priorities.

  • Academic Programs: Oak Hall is committed to providing high quality, challenging academic experiences to prepare each student for a successful future. This fund supports curriculum needs, materials, guest speakers and tools in the classroom that bring subject matter to life for our students.

  • Faculty Professional Development: Increases opportunities for our faculty to engage in professional growth and development, which is crucial to retaining our great faculty and attracting dynamic new faculty members. Our students benefit most from an energized faculty who have a regular opportunity to grow and learn.

  • Technology and Classroom Tools: From 3D printers to iMacs and iPads, lab equipment like spectrometers and genetic kits, this fund supports our students’ daily learning environments and better prepares them for the future.

If there is a project you would like to fund, please contact Rebekah Johnson.

May I make a gift of something other than cash?

Of course. There are many ways to make a gift to the school. Rebekah Johnson, Advancement Team Leader, can help you determine what type of gift is most appropriate for your circumstances and the school's needs.

May I give anonymously?

Yes. When you send your contribution, be sure to let us know that you would like it to be anonymous and we will be happy to honor your request.

Can I make a gift in memory of someone or to honor a special individual, for instance a former teacher?

Certainly. The Development Office will be happy to discuss either of these options with you. The family will be notified of the gift, if appropriate.

My company offers a matching gifts program. Would the school be interested in this program?

Absolutely. Matching gifts are an easy way to double or in some cases, triple your gift to the school. Please let us know when you make your gift that your company offers matching gifts.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

All contributions are fully tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.

How much should I give?

Only you can decide. We ask you to remember that your contribution, along with those of all our donors, will directly enhance your child's education. We hope that every member of our school community will participate.