The Annual Fund
The Vermont Commons Annual Fund bridges the gap between tuition and operating expenses. This gap, typical at most independent schools, is about 17% or approximately $3,000 per student. Contributing to the Annual Fund helps ensure that the following initiatives are supported at Vermont Commons:
- Encounter Weeks
- Academic Enrichment Center
- Financial Aid Program
- Research and Service Program
- Faculty Salaries and Benefits
- Small Class Size
- World Languages Program
The Development Office at Vermont Commons works with Trustees and other volunteers to raise funds from parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, and friends of Vermont Commons School. Our goal for the 2012-2013 Annual Fund Campaign is $150,000. Equally important are our participation numbers. This year we are looking for 100% participation of our various constituencies. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today by donating online (click on the gold button above). A gift at any level is welcome and appreciated.
This Year’s Annual Fund Letter
Please click here to read the letter from our Annual Fund Chair.
Ways to Give
Gifts of Securities or Stocks
Gifting securities or stocks also offers a tax deduction for the full, fair market value of the shares. In addition, you avoid the capital gains tax that would have applied had you sold the shares yourself. To make a gift of securities or stocks, please refer to our Stock Transfer Information and contact Mary Hamilton-Homer, our Development Director.
Gifts of Real Estate
Real estate in the form of a home, an undeveloped lot, or commercial property, may be contributed outright, used to fund a life income gift, or transferred to Vermont Commons School for a life tenancy agreement.
Gifts of Personal Property
The School also accepts gifts of personal property that can be used in support of the mission of the School. Books, artwork, scientific or historical collections, inventory given through businesses are ideal and may generate tax deductions equal to the fair market value of the gift. A qualified appraisal, arranged and paid for by the donor, is required for income tax deduction purposes for gifts of $5,000 or more.
A planned gift can be an outright gift, a life income gift or a charitable bequest, and it can be made during your lifetime or at the time of death. For more information about planned giving, please contact Mary Hamilton-Homer at 802-865-8084 x13.