Dear Parents and Friends,

The curriculum at the Cincinnati Waldorf School is unlike any other in the city. It weaves art, movement and music into daily academic studies. It engages not only the intellect, but also the heart and hands. It nurtures reverence for the wonders of nature, gratitude and respect for others and the development of self-discipline. Waldorf teachers are dedicated to inspiring students with genuine inner enthusiasm for learning – fostering academic excellence, artistic expression and critical thinking skills. At every level, Waldorf Education seeks to build community. In the classroom, it accomplishes this by replacing competition with collaboration, by setting the stage for deep and lasting relationships among students and between students and their teachers. Simply stated, the Cincinnati Waldorf School educates the whole child – enabling children to take initiative and change the world.

Tuition only covers a portion of what it costs to provide a comprehensive Waldorf education. The difference between school expenses and tuition income is approximately $500 per student each year. With its strong commitment to cultural and economic diversity, the Cincinnati Waldorf School relies heavily on the success of its annual fundraising to achieve a balanced budget each year. Through individual donations, fundraising events and foundation grants we raise 15% of our budget.

This would be impossible without the incredible Cincinnati Waldorf School community. Faculty, parents and friends come together to make amazing things happen for our school. The generous donation of time, talent and money enable us to provide a full Waldorf curriculum and remain accessible to families of many different economic circumstances. Community defines us and enables us to foster a new generation of thoughtful, socially responsible students, who will one day make our world a better place to live.

Please take a moment to reflect upon what education means to you and consider making a gift to the Cincinnati Waldorf School. Your investment in Waldorf education is a demonstration of your belief in our children and your hope for our future.

Sincerely,

Naimah Bilal
Development Director

HARVEST FEST

We begin our fundraising efforts each fall with the beloved Harvest Fest event! Our CWS parents and community come together under the stars to listen to good music, enjoy great food, bid on festive baskets filled with treasures of all sorts, and dance the night away!

Save the date! This year’s Harvest Fest will be on October 13, 2018! We look forward to another fun and successful event hosted by our Dads of Waldorf Committee!

Please see the Harvest Fest website for more information about this fantastic event!

If you would like to volunteer or get more information about being a sponsor for this event please contact Naimah Bilal at nbilal@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org or 513-541-0220 ext. 202. 

CHILDREN'S CAMPAIGN

The Cincinnati Waldorf School’s annual Children’s Campaign raises money to support the school’s operating budget. From tuition assistance to faculty support, classroom materials to salaries and benefits, the success of this fund drive ensures our ability to continue providing a quality Waldorf education to our students. CWS strives to achieve 100% participation from the school’s Board of Trustees, Faculty and parents and appreciates all donations from friends and supporters. To support the CWS Children’s Campaign, please donate now!

SPRING GALA

“Speakeasy” Spring Gala – March 3rd

The 2018 “Speakeasy” Spring Gala
Saturday, March 3, 2018
6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Columbia Performance Center
3900 Eastern Avenue

The Cincinnati Waldorf School looks forward to celebrating with you on Saturday, March 3rd! The Columbia Performance Center typically functions as a concert venue; with loads of character, it lends itself well to our speakeasy theme. This year’s event includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and an expertly matched and sourced bourbon tasting featuring award-winning bourbons from some of the region’s top distilleries.

Please join us for this fun, engaging and intimate experience that will blow away notions of what a “Gala” should be! We will celebrate all things Waldorf, local, and joyful. The result is a re-dedicated sense of pride in our school and the many people, including you, that make it possible for us to offer a quality Waldorf education to our students. At evening’s end, our aim is to make everyone feel more connected to what makes the Cincinnati Waldorf School community great.

Purchase Gala tickets HERE!

THE SPEAKEASY PLATINUM RAFFLE TICKET!
One Hundred $100 Speakeasy Platinum Raffle Tickets are for sale. The winner will take home their choice from a selection of Live Auction items. Our live auction items are always enticing and typically go for very high dollar amounts. Imagine winning a trip to Italy or a year of massage for only $100! Our full list of Live Auction items will be published in the coming weeks. Speakeasy Platinum Raffle Tickets can be purchased any time in the CWS main office and at our Gala auction site HERE.

MORE EXCITING EXPERIENCES AT THIS YEAR’S GALA:

  • Silent Auction
  • Community Sign-Up Parties
  • “Angel Fund” Paddle Raise
  • Entertainment and Dancing
  • Bourbon Tasting
  • Tub Of Booze

WAYS YOU CAN HELP:

Solicit and/or Donate Silent Auction Items
We are looking for donations of special items for our silent auction. Do you, or does someone you know, have a special talent, gift, or service to offer? Do you frequent a local business that would offer items or gift certificates of interest to Waldorf families? We enthusiastically welcome your donations. Download a Donation Form HERE. Email Myles Zernik-Traxler at mzernik@cinciwaldorf.org for more details!

Procure Event Sponsors
Business sponsors receive a banner at our event and exposure via our CWS website and social media postings. What a great way to reach our vibrant and growing community! Let us know if your business, or one you frequent, would be interested in this great opportunity. Click HERE to learn more about sponsorship options.

Host a Community Sign-Up Party
Community Sign-Up Parties are a wonderful way to support the school while enjoying yourself with like-minded members of the CWS community. We have a wide variety of events to appeal to every individual and family as well as every budget. If you have an idea for a party or even if you don’t have an idea but would like to host a party, please contact Joni Sherman at joni@sproutsfloral.comLook for early bird sign-up opportunities in February.

Volunteer to help before and after the event
There are many more ways to help our Gala Team in the weeks and days preceding the Gala, as well as set-up and clean-up the night of the event. Leadership and support roles still need to be filled. Keep an eye out for volunteer sign-up sheets in the CWS hallway in the coming weeks or contact Naimah Bilal nbilal@cinciwaldorf.org with any questions, suggestions or offers of volunteer assistance. We look forward to working together with all of our community members and friends as we plan this wonderful event. Thank you!

 
 
WAYS TO GIVE

Best Choice: Make a Recurring Gift
Embody the “Spirit of Giving” and sustain the Cincinnati Waldorf School’s work throughout the year by committing to a recurring monthly donation. It’s quick, easy, and one-stop giving! Just click here

Check or Credit Card 

  • Make your gift by check payable to ‘Cincinnati Waldorf School’ and send to:

6743 Chestnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45227

  • Make a gift online by clicking here.

Matching Gift
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. What is more, some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please click this link to search for your employer. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it, completed and signed, with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to the Cincinnati Waldorf School may be doubled or possibly tripled!

Stock
Contribute appreciated securities to provide valuable support to the Cincinnati Waldorf School while receiving tax advantages. 

IRA Gift
Donors 70 ½ and older may make tax-free gifts directly from an IRA to the Cincinnati Waldorf School. An annual maximum of $100,000 applies.

Bequest or Planned Gift
Support the Cincinnati Waldorf School’s future by including CWS in your estate plans. Bequests, charitable gift annuities and charitable lead and remainder trusts nurture CWS’s growth while providing you with financial and/or tax benefits. Consult your attorney or accountant. 

Donor Advised Fund
Maximize current income tax deductibility and receive the benefit of our expertise to focus your support where and when it’s needed most. The Advised Fund you create through a minimum gift of $10,000 may issue grants to organizations with missions consistent with that of the Cincinnati Waldorf School. 

Mark a Milestone
Celebrate a significant occasion—such as a birthday, wedding, graduation or Mother’s Day—or honor the life of a special person with a gift to the Cincinnati Waldorf School. 

Gift in Kind
Supporters of the Cincinnati Waldorf School have contributed advertising, leadership training, food and more. 

Together, we’re investing in the value of Waldorf education!

The Cincinnati Waldorf School is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations made to the Cincinnati Waldorf School are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Cincinnati Waldorf School’s EIN is:  31-0846773.

For more information about contributions, the Cincinnati Waldorf School may accept, please refer to the Gift Acceptance Policy. 

Become a Sponsor of the Cincinnati Waldorf School

The Cincinnati Waldorf School recognizes the power of community. To engage a broad spectrum of the community in supporting Waldorf education in our region, we encourage businesses to consider sponsoring our school.

By partnering with the Cincinnati Waldorf School, your company receives:

  • Exposure to our audience of more than 2,500 individuals
  • Prominent online recognition through our website, and social media 
  • Promotional opportunities at events (at applicable sponsorship levels) 
  • Public demonstration of your business’ investment in the community and commitment to education.

 

For more information on ways to give or corporate sponsorship and contribution opportunities, please contact Naimah Bilal at nbilal@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org or 513-541-0220 ext. 202. 

SPONSORSHIP

The Cincinnati Waldorf School offers you – our corporate, foundation, and government donors – great value through sponsorships and community recognition for your dedication and support.

For more information please contact Naimah Bilal at nbilal@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org or 513-541-0220

ALUMNI
Our alumni play an important role in the Cincinnati Waldorf School community! There are many ways to get involved as a CWS alumnus. From attending Michaelmas, Lantern Walk, and volunteering at various school events, we invite you to join your fellow alums who want to reconnect with their alma mater. We love seeing former students return and we’d love to see you as well!
 
 
Get Connected
CWS’s Alumni Association seeks to provide alumni the opportunity to reconnect with former classmates, teachers, and friends. The Alumni Association also seeks to gain the support of alumni for the school’s current and future needs through gifts of time, talent, and financial resources. 
 
Take the first step and join the CWS Alumni page on Facebook. Click Here to join and you’ll receive updated information about events at the school and have the ability to engage with fellow alumni in one place. 
 
If you would like more information about how you can become more meaningfullly involved with CWS’s Alumni Association (committee service, volunteering, etc.), please contact Naimah Bilal (nbilal@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org) or Karen Crick (kcrick@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org).  
  
Keep in Touch
We encourage you to send us updates about yourself on the “Keep In Touch!” page or by emailing us at Naimah Bilal at nbilal@cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org. We would love to include your updates and announcements in our Waldorf Weekly publication which reaches our entire school community.
 
 
Leave Your Mark
The Cincinnati Waldorf School is committed to seeking a diversity of backgrounds and incomes within its student body and offers a tuition assistance program to help accomplish this goal. Awards are made to students whose families qualify for assistance on the basis of financial need. We invite all CWS Alumni who are inclined and able to contribute to the fund to do so by clicking here.
 
If you would like more information about how your contribution will further our aim to keep quality Waldorf education in reach please contact Naimah Bilal at nbilalcincinnatiwaldorfschool.org. 
VOLUNTEER

CWS is always seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help on our many committees and special events during each school year. To offer your time and talents, please complete our online volunteer survey HERE.

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