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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.


Frequent Asked Questions about Annual Giving

What is Annual Giving?

The Annual Giving Campaign is a yearly direct appeal to our community of parents, faculty, staff, trustees, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends of PWS for financial contributions in support of the school’s day-to-day operating budget. It is a way to sustain the highest functionality of the school while keeping tuition increases as minimal as possible. Tuition is not tax-deductible, but as Pasadena Waldorf School is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit independent school, gifts to Annual Giving are tax-deductible.

What are the major components of the school’s operating budget?

The majority of the school’s operating budget is spent on salaries and benefits. The remaining is spent on facilities, program expenses, class supplies and activities, and general operating costs. The Board of Trustees strives to run the school as lean as possible without compromising the integrity of the program.

Why is Annual Giving necessary to an Independent School?

Tuition income covers most of our operating expenses. The remainder must be funded through other sources, which for most independent schools is the purpose of the annual fund. Each of our attending families is asked to make a donation to Annual Giving in addition to paying tuition, to help close this gap. Annual Giving is the single most important component of our Giving Program. If a family had to choose one type of giving over another, hands down we would encourage Annual Giving to be their choice.

We design our own program and curriculum, operate without financial support from federal or state government agencies, and are self-governed by our Board of Trustees and College of Teachers. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, PWS relies solely on revenue from tuition and philanthropic gifts to meet operating expenses.

Why not just raise tuition?

Our school came into being because of an extremely generous gift. Philanthropy is part of our soul and our culture. By keeping tuition as reasonable as possible, we attract an economically diverse student population, which makes for a richer education for all our children. Remember, tuition is a non-tax-deductible contracted contribution to the school, while gifts to the Annual Giving fund are fully tax-deductible.

Are there other fundraising activities besides Annual Giving?

Yes, in addition to Annual Giving, the school has several initiatives and events to help close the yearly budget gap. These include our Annual Spring Event (usually a Gala), the Elves’ Faire, and our Passive Giving Program.

Who supports Annual Giving?

Every segment of the school community! The Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni, and friends. Last year our parent participation rate was 95%. We strive for 100% participation as a testament to our community’s dedication and indication of how much they value this education for their children.

Why is participation important?

The school’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of its constituency. Your participation generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you. It is also a key indicator to foundation and corporate donors that we have consistent support from those we serve, both past and present. Last year with the help of high parent participation, we received corporate donations and three grants for our programming and facilities. When 100% of the people who benefit from our organization also care enough to donate, this sends a strong message helping us to obtain outside grants and gifts.

How much should I give?

An artistically and academically rich education is expensive. We ask each family to look into their heart and give to their family’s best ability. Some families truly cannot afford to give that much, yet others in the community are blessed with the means to contribute more. Many families make their gift in monthly installments to maximise your contribution over time.

Please consider making your child’s education and school your top philanthropic priority and be as generous as you can. We are deeply grateful for gifts of all sizes.

Does this apply to me if I receive tuition assistance?

Yes – we strive for 100% participation from our entire parent body, regardless of the size of the gift. Every gift counts. Please give a gift that is meaningful to you.

Do employers, corporations and foundations support Annual Giving?

Corporations typically contribute to independent schools by offering matching gifts to their employees’ contributions. Many PWS families are able to double their personal contributions through such employee match programs. Check with your employer to see if they have a matching policy. If they do, we will do whatever is necessary to help obtain the gift.

Foundations general give to Annual Giving appeals when there is a direct personal connection to the organization. Usually they are more interested in specific projects that are within their funding guidelines and advance their specific area of interest. If you have a family foundation or a relationship with a foundation that may be a good fit for PWS, please contact Leslie Stevens, PWS Development Officer at

Can I donate stock to Annual Giving?

The school welcomes gifts of appreciated stock. If you have been fortunate enough to recognize some substantial capital gains, please consider donating your appreciated stock to the school’s Annual Giving fund. It’s a convenient way to make a meaningful contribution while recognizing some potential year-end tax planning benefits. please contact Leslie Stevens, PWS Development Officer at  for details on how to donate stock.