Pasadena Waldorf School is sustained and enriched through gifts made by parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. This vital support ensures the school’s ability to continue to offer the most relevant and inspiring education to children today, and far into the future.

Your support enables us to:

  • recruit and retain talented and dedicated Waldorf teachers
  • provide financial assistance to families in need
  • offer a full Waldorf Education from parent-child classes through high school
  • maintain and enhance our two beautiful campuses

As with all independent schools, we rely on extra support above and beyond tuition and fees. The real cost of educating our students is greater than the cost of tuition. As tuition only covers about 88% of our annual operating expenses, we rely on this extra support. PWS remains committed to providing a full and balanced education delivered by a passionate and inspiring faculty. PWS students value creativity, compassion, curiosity, and courage – and are immersed in music, movement, languages, applied and performing arts all in conjunction with a strong academic curriculum. The depth and breadth of a Waldorf Education requires the generous gifts of many.  We thank you for your support!

Ways To Give

Annual Giving

Annual Giving contributions are essential to the day-to-day operations of the school, as tuition does not cover the full cost of a Waldorf education. This vibrant education depends upon your generous tax gifts to go directly to underwriting everyday expenses that make everyday learning possible in the classroom. From the classroom itself, to the teacher in the classroom, and to the students’ experiences, your tax-deductible gifts make a difference every day for every student. For our parents and employees, Annual Giving should be your number one priority when it comes to giving at PWS.  Click here to support Annual Giving.


From the Elves’ Faire to class trips to Parent Council to the school garden to the high school stage, PWS was built upon thousands of community volunteer hours. We are very appreciative of this valued time and continue to rely on many hands to fulfill the work of the school. We hope that each family will identify a volunteer opportunity that meets the needs of their life and the school. There are many ways for you to volunteer for the school whether you are looking for a small, one-time commitment or are able to support a larger time commitment.

In-kind donations

In-kind donations are donations of goods or professional services rather than straight monetary gifts. Examples of in-kind contributions include gift certificates, experiences, travel, and unique items for our Elves’ Faire Community Marketplace, school equipment, services, vehicles, and more. At PWS, we are grateful for the incredible community partners throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond who support our school. To learn more contact the PWS Development Office at

Appreciated Securities

If you own long-term appreciated stock that is subject to capital gains tax liability, you can avoid the tax by making a gift of your appreciated stock to Pasadena Waldorf School. The benefits of gifting your appreciated stock include no capital gains tax on the appreciation, receiving a charitable deduction equal to the full value of your stock gift to PWS, and supporting the education of a child you love. To learn more email the PWS Development Office at

Legacy program

How do you leave a legacy for a lifetime? How do you influence the life of a child? Through the deferred giving program at PWS, your generous spirit will continue to live through our remarkable children and school. Planned giving options include: bequests, insurance policies, charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, charitable gift annuities and beneficiary designations. Contact your tax and/or financial advisor and contact the PWS Development Office at

Passive Giving Program

Turn everyday shopping into classroom and school dollars! Our passive giving programs allow you to contribute to PWS while doing your regular shopping. These programs do not require an additional contribution – and don’t cost you a penny extra!  Many retailers have passive giving programs for tax purposes, and will give a donation to PWS when you shop with them. These programs require minimal set-up and no extra cost to you.  Click here to go see our Passive Giving/Free Money for PWS partners.

Wishing Well School Store

Shop for gifts for all ages, school supplies, jewelry, books for children and adults, and more. All proceeds support our school.

Shop Amazon 

We are an associate! Up to 8% of your purchase goes to PWS when you enter the site from this link. All you have to do is bookmark our any of our Amazon Affiliate pages and click through this link each time you shop. You shop as you normally would – there are no additional fees – and PWS benefits. This random act of kindness really adds up. We earned over $1,500 last year, and our goal is $5,000 for 2017-18! Spread the word to help our earnings grow.