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Giving FAQs

1. I already pay tuition. Why are you asking for more money?

Our goal is to keep tuition as low as possible and have a diverse student body from a wide range of income levels. Every school year, to sustain The Emerson Fund, we ask those families who have the ability to pay more for their children’s education to do so, and for those who can to give a little to do so as well in order to reach our goal of 100% community participation.

2. What if I don’t like asking for money?

Every year, we have two goals for The Emerson Fund: first, to raise $75,000 to meet the year’s financial obligations and strengthen our programs and, second, to have every family and employee contribute. When we reach outside the community to ask for grants and loans, one of the first questions we are asked is, “How strongly does your community support the school?” There are many ways to give but the clearest way to measure this support is through financial contribution. We don’t necessarily like pressuring parents or spending evenings at fundraising meetings and phone-a-thons but we do it because we love our school.

3. Can I pay online or with a credit card? Can I pay over time? Can I donate stock? Can my employer match my gift?

Yes! For details, call Deb Feinberg on x117.

5. I volunteer, do I still have to give to The Emerson Fund?

Yes! While volunteering is the backbone of every community, financial need still exists. Volunteers of limited financial means are encouraged to shift some of their volunteer hours to fundraising through their networks and by using the Peer-to-Peer tools under the "Fundraise for Us" tab on the Giving page.