Questions you may have about the Annual Fund

We pay tuition for our child to attend the Campus School. How does the Annual Fund benefit our child?

The Campus School supports its basic operating budget with tuition and related fees, but unlike public schools, does not receive tax dollars to fund students’ education. The yield from a small endowment and a limited amount of funds from the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Credit (OSTC) are largely restricted to scholarships. While the School is affiliated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, it does not receive funding from the Diocese.

Instead, independent schools like The Campus School must rely on private support to sustain and advance academic excellence, and improve and upgrade classroom tools and technology needed for today’s learner-centered educational environment.

In order to provide the full the Campus School experience to each student, we ask those who care most about the school—parents, grandparents, alumni and friends—for financial support.

We plan on volunteering our time at the Campus School. How does that factor in?

The Campus School’s accomplishments owe much to the tremendous human and social capital of its faculty, students, parents and alumni whose dedication to animating the School’s mission grows with each passing year. Under the strong leadership of Executive Director and Head of School, Michelle Peduto, the School is developing a vision for the future that invites participation by a wide range of stakeholders. You will find many opportunities to pitch in and help, including with the Annual Fund!

Why do we put so much emphasis on parent participation?

Gifts of every amount make a difference and count toward participation. Participation in the Annual Fund connects you more closely to the school, enriching your child’s learning experience while bringing you into the larger community. In the independent school community, high parent participation is seen as a benchmark of parent pride and engagement. We strive for 100% participation.

What is the “gap” and why not just add it to tuition?

Many independent schools and colleges refer to the difference between the price of tuition and the actual cost of educating each student as the “gap.” Sometimes parents ask why the Campus School doesn’t just charge higher tuition and eliminate the need for charitable contributions. Adding $3,000 to $4,000 per student in any given year to tuition would put the Campus School out of reach for many of our families. The Campus School supports its basic operating budget with tuition and related fees, but unlike public schools, does not receive tax dollars to fund students’ education. The yield from a small endowment and a limited amount of funds from the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and Opportunity Scholarship Credit (OSTC) are largely restricted to scholarships. While the School is affiliated with the Diocese of Pittsburgh, it does not receive funding from the Diocese. We at the Campus School believe in teaching students by example that generosity and charitable giving are inextricably linked with social responsibility.

How much should we give?

Gifts to the Annual Fund vary widely depending on the ability of parents to make a gift.  We ask you to make the Campus School one of your top giving priorities while your children are enrolled.  Annual Fund gifts from the Campus School parents range from $25 to more than $10,000. We also offer recurring gifts that can allow you to give a larger gift, dispersed over monthly payments.

What is the 1963 club?

You can be a member of the 1963 Club, so noted because 1963 is the year of the school’s founding, with a gift of $1,963 or more. Gifts at this level raise the bar of excellence at the Campus School in a measurable way.

What kind of recognition will I receive for my gift?

All contributors to the Annual Fund receive recognition in our annual listing of donors on our website. But you’ll also feel the pride of helping make the Campus School stronger—not just for this year, but for years to come.

My employer has a matching gift program. Is the Campus School eligible to receive matching funds?

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Campus School is eligible under IRS rules to receive matching gifts.  The amount contributed by your employer is credited to you and you’ll receive donor recognition for the entire amount. To find out if your employer participates please contact your employer’s human resources department.

How do I make my gift?

Gifts can be made with check or credit card. Check gifts, made payable to The Campus School of Carlow University, can be mailed to The Campus School of Carlow University, c/o University Advancement, 3333 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

You can also make your gift online via our secure donation form.