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 $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.
2018-19 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 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.
2020 Auction2019 Fund-a-Vision
We are pleased to share our Annual Report with you. This publication includes our many 2018-2019 successes, recaps of our fundraising endeavors, a financial report, and a thank you to our generous supporters.
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.
Fund-A-Vision 2019: Empowering Educators, Inspiring Students
Empowered, passionate teachers delivering high quality instruction are the key to our students’ success. We strive to empower our teachers to be the best they can be, affording them the ability to inspire our students and elevate the Meridian learning experience.
This year, our goal is to raise $140,000, to be expended over three years, to provide our teachers with a variety of enriching professional development opportunities. Your generous philanthropy will allow Meridian teachers to:
- Strengthen their connection to Meridian, their colleagues, our students and their parents.
- Actively participate in effective, impactful, differentiated professional development.
- Continually grow and develop their practice throughout their Meridian tenure.
- Prepare for a new generation of different types of learners.
- Always be at the forefront of new and innovative educational concepts.
Support empowered educators and inspired students today!
Click here to see our past Fund-a-Vision projects