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.
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.
The 2017 Auction raised $196,544 and these proceeds will provide the necessary funds to offer tuition assistance to families, professional development for teachers, and enhance students’ formative growth as stewards of their local community, engagement in learning, and academic success. Click here to visit our Meridian Auction page!
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 students and teachers. 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, Experts & Explorations raised $121,970 that will be expended over three years. Matching funds will increase this amount further. Click here to visit our Fund-a-Vision page!