We were so delighted to celebrate the launch of the Legacy Fund Campaign this past Saturday night at Indie Studios. The evening provided opportunities for both current and alumni families to gather and enjoy delicious food and drink. Many were humbled to hear stories from alumni and alumni parents about their experiences here at Arbor Montessori School. With a 52 year legacy, Arbor has consistently supported the important work of child development for decades. We can all be very proud to be a part of this community.
There were presentations from 2022 Alumnus Vishwanath Grandhige, 2008 Alumnus Madison Hafitz, and Alumni Parent Karen Horace. All shared stories of their experiences and how Arbor impacted their lives. Our host for the night was Alumni Parent and current grandparent Larry Minnix. He spoke about the importance of seeing the legacy of an Arbor education continue for many more generations.
What does this mean for current parents? Arbor now has two major fundraising campaigns:
The Annual Fund
The Annual Fund continues to be our most important fundraising effort for current families. Contributions to the Annual Fund bridge the gap between our tuition revenue and our operating budget. It helps provide need based financial assistance to students, supports faculty education, and bolsters our athletic program. Having 100% participation from our current community allows Arbor opportunities for supporting grants and other matching gifts.
The Legacy Fund
This new endowment fund gives future generations the opportunity to attend Arbor Montessori School. Endowed funds provide security for an independent school, and create opportunities for expansion. As we launch this new fund, we encourage grandparents and alumni to make a one time gift to this fund. Current staff and families are welcome to make a gift to the Legacy Fund in addition to our Annual Fund, but 100% participation in the Annual Fund should be their priority.
We are sincerely grateful to our grandparents, alumni, staff, and families whose gifts will ensure that Arbor continues to foster lifelong learning for years to come.