We have raised $195,473!!
The Monarch Fund represents the transformative power generous community support has on Meridian’s people and programs. Funds raised through the annual Monarch Fund benefit every student, every teacher, and every classroom, EVERY DAY by allowing faculty and students to explore new ideas and interests beyond what would be possible with tuition dollars alone.
The Meridian School is grateful for the numerous ways in which parents, teachers, trustees, alumni, families, grandparents and friends support the school. Please give careful consideration to the giving options listed below. Meridian is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Our tax ID number is 91-1005629.
Giving to Meridian is as simple as clicking here to make your gift online.
Writing a personal check is a simple way to make a gift. Checks should be made out to The Meridian School.
Meridian gladly accepts donations charged on MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover. These gifts are recognized at full value on the date that a charge is accepted by the bank.
The impact of gifts can be doubled or even tripled by corporate matching. Please check with your Human Resources department to see if they will match your Meridian giving.
Some of the most common companies that match gifts to Meridian are: Adobe, Alaska Airlines, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Expedia, Google, Microsoft and Starbucks.
Please contact our Development Office for more information.
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 $10 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, 95% 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. Please contact our Development Director to further discuss giving a restricted gift.
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 has stepped forward to bring this endowment to nearly $2.3 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 to make a pledge.
We are pleased to share our Annual Report with you. This publication includes our many 2019-2020 successes, recaps of our fundraising endeavors, a financial report, and a thank you to our generous supporters.
With heartfelt gratitude, we thank the amazing members of our community who collectively contributed $156,753 to ensure that we have the emergency tuition assistance funds necessary to support families in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.
An excerpt from a note to the Meridian Community, April 2020
We know Meridian families are being impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we anticipate more families will need financial support. Retaining all of our amazing Meridian students and families is vitally important to us as a community. We do not want any family in our community to make the difficult decision to leave Meridian because they can no longer afford tuition. To keep our community together and strong, we need to raise additional money to meet the anticipated financial needs brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. The heart and mission of our annual Night to Shine auction will endure this year, but as “Meridian Together,” a community-wide effort to raise $150,000 to increase tuition assistance available to our families. Having robust tuition assistance has long been one of Meridian’s tenets. Now, it is even more critical to keep our community thriving by providing aid to those who need it most. We know we are asking for your support and to give to Meridian even when you may be experiencing uncertainty and challenges in your own lives. If the time is right for you and your family, please help us achieve our goal. Together, we can do this. Together, we are stronger.
Fund-A-Vision 2021: Experts & Explorations
Over the past thirty-five 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.
Although we won’t be gathering in-person this year due to COVID-19, the heart of the evening will stay the same: to support our students.
Families choose Meridian so that their children can experience engaging, place-based, hands-on experiential learning. There is so much to be proud of – from our partnership with the Wing Luke Museum and the Youth Conference to strengthening and expanding our relationships with Native American tribal representatives and deepening students’ appreciation for the curriculum through incredible field trips.
At the auction, we will celebrate the accomplishments of this program over the last several years while looking forward to our bright future. With a goal of at least $160,000, funds raised will support three years of expanding our students’ horizons via experts with specialized knowledge and experiential education adventures.
Philanthropy will ensure many more years of hallmark experiences by grade, school-wide moments of connection and learning, and an opportunity to continue to enhance the Meridian experience for students today and in the future.
To learn more about the event and/or if you’d like to support this program, please contact Lauren Collette, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org