Hilltop’s Annual Fund Week, October 27 - November 3, 2017
Shortly, we’ll be celebrating “Annual Fund Week” at Hilltop. You will be receiving a
mailing that will include a pledge sheet. If you are new to the school, or want a refresher
on what it’s all about, please read on…
“Hold on…Hilltop is asking my family for money? We already pay tuition. They want more?”
Hilltop Montessori School works hard to keep tuition as affordable as possible for as many families as possible. The tuition income that we receive from parents does not cover the cost of each student. As a matter of fact, there is on average about a $4,000 gap between tuition income per student and the actual cost of a Hilltop education. Part of that gap is made up by the state funding we receive through the programs we put forth great effort to be a part of. Part of it is covered with grants and foundation donors. And a critical piece is from families, alumni, alumni families, grandparents, alumni grandparents, businesses, and whoever else we can think of who help us close that gap by giving tax-deductible
contributions in accordance with their financial ability.
“Why limit the Annual Fund ask to only a week?”
Short & sweet…we do not want to prolong the request beyond the week. We approach the staff, faculty, board and current parent community first because this is the group that sets the tone for Annual Fund giving for the rest of our Hilltop community and beyond. Shouting from the rooftops that we have 100% support of our constituents sends a very strong message that we’re worthy of support! We then proceed through the year to contact grandparents, friends, and businesses. This year, not only did we get 100% participation from our Board of Trustees…the board doubled their total contribution amount from last year. Additionally, we have incredibly dedicated faculty and staff who have also participated at 100%! What an outstanding show of support for Hilltop!