Monarch Fund FAQ Marilyn Easton Endowment
Why do we need The Monarch Fund?
The Monarch Fund supports the people and programs that make Meridian so remarkable: inquisitive students, talented teachers, and a curriculum that provides a solid academic foundation. Students have access to many learning opportunities at Meridian that tuition does not cover. Philanthropic contributions make this possible.
How are gifts to The Monarch Fund spent each year?
The Meridian School Board of Trustees, supported by the Finance Committee, determines the school’s priorities in alignment with the school’s mission and strategic plan. Gifts raised through The Monarch Fund support these priorities and ultimately fulfill the mission and core values of the school: balance, contemplation, action, and community.
Why am I asked to give to The Monarch Fund on top of tuition?
As at all independent schools, tuition does not cover the true cost of educating each student. Monarch Fund gifts support the school’s dynamic and creative curriculum, competitive faculty compensation, enhanced professional development opportunities, well-maintained and safe learning spaces, and expanded access and opportunities for a diverse population of students.
How much should I give?
Monarch Fund gifts range in size from $1 to $15,000. Every gift truly makes a difference. We encourage you to make The Meridian School a philanthropic priority and give an amount that is meaningful to your family. Contributions to The Monarch Fund are 100% tax-deductible.
Do all parents contribute to The Monarch Fund? Who else is asked to give?
Community is a core value at Meridian and is clearly evidenced by the strong Monarch Fund participation from the community. Last year, 87% of parents contributed to The Monarch Fund and 100% of faculty, staff, and trustees made gifts. In addition, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and other friends of Meridian are asked to support The Monarch Fund each year.
Can I restrict my Monarch Fund gift to a specific project?
Gifts to The Monarch Fund are unrestricted. This allows the school to support a variety of programs and direct funds to the area of greatest need within the school. Donations restricted to a specific program or project are absolutely welcome and appreciated, however. If you are interested in making a restricted gift, please contact Brigette Quichocho, Director of Development, for more information.
2016-17 Annual Report
Excellent education thrives in a diverse environment, and The Meridian School has been committed to diversity for many years. We promote diversity of thought and identity by bringing together community and curriculum; we strive to create a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive culture; and we are one of the few elementary schools that has a full-time Director of Equity and Inclusion.
In 2015, the Board of Trustees made an even more powerful commitment by designating $1.5 million of accumulated reserve funds to create The Marilyn Easton Endowment to fund access and opportunity for families of color. An outstanding cohort of donors stepped forward to bring this endowment to over $2 million, enabling the school to offer tuition assistance to students of color demonstrating significant financial need.
The Meridian School welcomes thoughtful and meaningful contributions to the Marilyn Easton Endowment. Please click below to make a one-time gift, or contact Development Director Brigette Quichocho to make a pledge.
2018 Auction2018 Fund-a-Vision
We are pleased to share our Annual Report with you. This publication includes our many 2016-2017 successes, recaps of our fundraising endeavors, a financial report, and a thank you to our generous supporters.
Over the past thirty-four years Meridian’s March Auction has been the venue for inviting the community to help support a “vision” which benefits the entire student body and faculty. It is a strategically chosen priority which is not yet funded by the operating budget and where fundraising helps turn visions into reality.
This year, our goal is to raise $160,000 to support Inspirational Learning Environments that are:
- $12,000 per classroom (two classrooms per grade K-5)= $144,000
- Balance of $16,000 for enhanced and diversified classroom libraries that will include more books representing varying cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, gender identities, family composition, and level of text complexity.
Inspirational learning environments are key to a student’s ability to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. With updated learning spaces that cultivate collaboration and problem-solving, and an enhanced book collection that promotes diversity and identity development, Meridian is seeking to prepare its students to succeed in a dynamic 21st century.
At the core of Meridian’s philosophy is the relationship between teachers and students. Collaborative work spaces foster these relationships, and new, flexible, and innovative classroom furnishings will improve the facilitation of this indispensable element of the Meridian experience. Our hallmark cooperative and interactive learning opportunities will be enhanced by effective and adaptive classroom settings that encourage creativity, inquiry, and problem-solving. Innovative classroom settings will allow us to create effective spaces that facilitate differentiation and foster the positive relationships that are so important at Meridian.
This year’s Fund-a-Vision contributions will also support the diversification and enhancement of classroom libraries. The Teachers College Reader’s Workshop curriculum encourages our students to develop and stretch their reading skills and strategies by reading a wide array of texts. Classroom libraries should be rich and robust in the selection of books from which students can choose. Increasing the quantity, variety, and complexity of genres allows teachers to recommend “just right” books for all students. These enhanced book collections will also normalize differences while creating a healthy and safe environment for identity development, fostering self-awareness, confidence, family pride, positive social identity, and the ability to express comfort and joy with human diversity. We pride ourselves on being an equitable and inclusive community, and our enhanced classroom libraries will reflect our commitment.
Click here to see our past Fund-a-Vision projects