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10.19.2017 at 8:46am
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"I am so grateful for a school that is focused on giving kids their best every day. Having our son attend Virginia Academy has been a wonderful experience. The academic challenge here is much greater than the private schools he has attended in the area. We were recently presented with a challenging dynamic, for which I was extremely pleased with the support and speed for which the teacher, principal, and even the headmaster intervened to provide. This level of caring and dedication from the teachers and administration helps both our child and our family know that we've chosen the right school. Thank you, Virginia Academy!"
Jon W. Lindberg, MBA, CAE, CEO
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
Virginia Academy has a continued tradition of charitable giving, and these gifts help to create the best possible learning environment for our students. Every aspect of the school is touched by annual giving, including academics, the lab, technology, the arts, athletics, and other student activities.
It is our philosophy that all members of our school community should support annual giving at a level that is appropriate for their situations; most importantly, we want our donors to feel good about their contributions.
Parents often come to Virginia Academy with very different views of and experiences with philanthropy, and many have questions. To help provide a better understanding of Virginia Academy’s philanthropic philosophy, we provide this list of frequently asked questions, featuring topics you may have questions about but may be uncomfortable asking.
Why does Virginia Academy have the annual giving campaign?
Virginia Academy, like all private schools, relies on income beyond tuition to fully support its students and programs. Gifts to annual giving are used in the year in which they are received, and so Virginia Academy depends on these donations to support current student programs each year. In fact, making a gift to annual giving has the most direct and immediate impact of any type of gift to the school.
Why doesn’t Virginia Academy operate like other businesses and charge the full cost instead of asking for donations each year?
The tuition that would be necessary to fund our current level of education would restrict even further the number and type of families who could afford to attend. This would limit enrollment which, in turn, could mean a cutback in programs and opportunities for students.
In addition, a for-profit business can cut costs through consolidation and streamlining. To employ these strategies at Virginia Academy would mean reducing staff or combining classrooms, making us unable to provide the individual attention and quality of education that everyone wants and expects for Virginia Academy students.
Finally, a gift to annual giving is tax-deductible. Tuition is not. (Yearl, each contributor will receive a statement of donation for tax purposes.)
What if I don’t like something at Virginia Academy and feel the only way to be heard is to withhold support from annual giving?
We ask that you please contact the person involved or a school administrator. Please do not jeopardize the students’ educational experience to make your point, but instead handle it directly and appropriately. Virginia Academy encourages open discussion and strives to communicate effectively with all members of the school community.