Waldorf School of Orange County is sustained and enriched through gifts made by parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends. This support ensures that our school will be able to continue to offer the most relevant and inspiring education to children today and for many years to come. Your support enables our school to recruit and retain talented, dedicated teachers, support a full Waldorf curriculum, provide tuition assistance, and maintain and enhance our campus.
All independent schools rely on extra support above and beyond tuition and fees. This is because the real cost of educating our children and giving them a solid cultural and academic foundation is more than the cost of tuition. The rich, full Waldorf Education we provide requires generous tax-deductible gifts to preserve our offering of a vibrant and diverse curriculum to as many students as possible.
- 1: Volunteer
WSOC 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.
Click here to learn more about the many ways you can volunteer.
- 2: 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. Your gift will help underwrite everything that facilitates the teaching in the classrooms, like instructional materials and equipment, facilities and utilities, and faculty and staff salaries.
Click here to learn how you can support the Annual Giving Campaign.
- 3: Special Events
WSOC's first fundraising event of the year is our Annual Fall Benefit and Auction - "ZANY2011" - being held November 5, 2011 at the beautiful Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club.
Click here to learn more about the Annual Fall Benefit and Auction.
- 4: Capital Campaign
In September 2009 we signed a 15 year lease with the Newport Mesa Unified School District allowing us to put our roots a little more permanently into our current site. Capital Campaign funds will be used for the improvement and expansion of our school site.
Click here to learn more about the Capital Campaign.
- 5: In-Kind Donations
In-kind donations are donations of goods or professional services rather than money (or cash). Examples of in-kind contributions include donations of computers, printers, books, landscaping services, and much more.
Click here to learn more about In-Kind Donations.
- 6: Other financial gifts
Endowed Gifts are truly gifts that keep on giving. Money is permanently invested, with only the interest spent. The capital remains untouched, providing fiscal stability for years to come.
Planned Gifts are a wonderful way to make a difference in the lives of children. There can be many tax advantages depending on the kind of gift you establish and many ways to give that offer benefit to the donor during their lifetime.
What is planned giving?
Planned giving allows you to help secure the financial future of this fine institution that you love. While the primary purpose of this type of gift is to support WSOC, its secondary purpose may be the financial benefits to you and your family. A planned gift means that WSOC will receive the gift at some time in the future, often after the donor has received lifetime income from the plan.
What are the options for planned giving?
There are a variety of opportunities to make a charitable gift to WSOC.
The simplest form of planned giving is through a bequest in your will. Bequests are exempt from estate taxation and allow for a much larger gift to be made than might be possible during your lifetime. A bequest can be property, a fixed dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or the remainder after other recipients are named. Bequests can be made when creating a new will or adding to an existing will.
Charitable gift annuity
Gift annuities are simple. You support WSOC by making a gift of cash, marketable securities or other property. In exchange, you receive a fixed income for life based on the suggested annuity rates set forth by the American Council on Gift Annuities. A portion of the income paid to you will be tax-free.
Charitable remainder trusts
CRT's are trust arrangements established by you to provide lifetime income to you or a beneficiary with WSOC as the final trust beneficiary. Due to their significant tax advantages, the IRS regulates CRT's. Each trust has its own requirements and offers unique financial and tax advantages.
Charitable lead trusts
CLT's are trust agreements established by you to provide a future gift to a beneficiary at a predetermined time. You place the assets in a trust for a specified period of time. Earnings go to WSOC during the life of the trust. The principal goes to your beneficiaries when the trust terminates. Each trust has its own requirements and offers unique financial and tax advantages.
Other planned gifts
Other options include life income trusts and gifts of life insurance and retirement plan benefits.
How do I set up a planned gift?
Please consult your personal financial advisor for details and advice on planned giving.
Please contact the School, to discuss in further detail.
- 7: Scrip
What is Scrip?
SCRIP (School Cash Rebate Incentive Program) is 'substitute money,' and looks and functions just like gift cards and paper certificates. Families and friends purchase scrip for everyday expenses like food, gas, clothing and entertainment. They then take the scrip to those businesses in exchange for goods and services. As a non-profit organization, WSOC is able to buy these gift cards at a discount from a variety of retailers and then sell them at full value. There are no added fees - it doesn't cost a penny extra! WSOC keeps the difference between the discounted price and face value of the scrip, generating revenue. Offering freedom of choice and versatility, scrip is also a great gift idea for anyone and any occasion.
How is Scrip Purchased?
The Scrip Store is located within the main office. Hours are every school day from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. It is a year-round program; summer hours are abbreviated. Scrip order forms are available for convenience to either fill out at home or at school. One does not need to complete an order form to purchase scrip; hopefully, it serves to pre-plan purchases as a time-saving measure. The Scrip Store stocks all of the merchants and businesses listed on the order form, unless it is out of stock and being re-ordered. The gift cards and gift certificates are activated and ready for immediate use.
Scrip does not expire.
It is against the law in California for expiration dates to be enforced. Payment is respectfully requested in the form of personal checks (to "WSOC"), cash and ATM. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please visit The Scrip Store.
Click here to learn more about SCRIP.
- 8: The Company of Angels, our school store
Our school bookstore and gift shop is called, "The Company of Angels." Inside the doors of our lovely store you will find the book shelves filled with an array of hand-picked books, including subjects for adults, such as natural parenting, child development, and Rudolf Steiner, as well as books for children of all ages. Look for hard and soft bound editions of your favorite classic tales, beautifully illustrated picture books, and seasonal stories.
Toys for babies and youth abound, from our many wooden and natural toys; to our fun-filled and challenging games and puzzles...there is truly something for everyone! Beautiful handmade items fill every corner, along with varieties of yarn, art supplies, loads of unique jewelry, divine smelling soaps, and so much more. You really have to see it to believe it! These gifts from all over the world are purchased by our very own Nona McConville, whose impeccable taste and love for beauty is felt the moment you walk in.
Inventory and seasonal displays evolve throughout the year, and there is always something new to admire. Please come in and experience the warmth of "The Company of Angels" Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. All proceeds benefit special programs within the school. For any questions about The Company of Angels, please contact Nona McConville at (949) 574-7775 ext. 223
Click here to learn more about The Company of Angels.
- 9: Goodsearch.com
Finally, don't forget to make GoodSearch your default search engine with Waldorf School of Orange County as your designated charity. GoodSearch is a simple way to raise funds for WSOC. Use GoodSearch as your search engine—at work and at home—and a penny per search will be donated to our school. Powered by Yahoo!, GoodSearch produces quality search results while generating funds with each search. Ask your co-workers, friends & family members to use GoodSearch as well.
Just go to www.goodsearch.com and enter Waldorf School of Orange County as the charity you want to support.
Click here to learn more about Goodsearch.com.