Ways to Give

Together, we are stronger!

Fragmented communities are far too common in society today, but our mission here at Palm Valley School is to provide a haven for our students, where they can thrive in an exceptional learning community that educates, nurtures and challenges each student to achieve excellence and contribute to our global society. 

You’re invited to join us in fulfilling this crucial quest. 

Contributions of any kind to PVS are valued and celebrated. We appreciate when parents/family members/trusted friends volunteer in the classroom, serve as Trustees, or on Board Committees, as part of the Parent Association, and or offer their expertise on the athletic fields and in the arts. 

Equally, we value your support of the PVS Annual Fund, which is critical to our success. It enables us to invest in important new initiatives (safety improvements, curriculum updates, lab renovations). It supports our faculty as they innovate and create new programs. It helps ensure that our campus and buildings are taken care of and support optimal learning.

There are a number of reasons and ways to give this year.

ANNUAL FIREBIRD FUND

The Annual Fund supports our students, faculty, and programs in ways that tuition does not cover. The Annual Fund makes up a key percentage of our budget each year. It provides additional equipment, program costs, teacher professional development opportunities, tuition assistance, and more. We have an expectation that all families will contribute to the Annual Fund as they are able, since we want our students to feel supported by the entire Palm Valley School community. Many Independent Schools can say that 90-100% of their families contribute and our participation among families has been climbing steadily for years. We’d love this 2019-2020 school year to be the one where we finally break into that 90th percentile of participation. Any donation, such as giving the amount of a PVS student’s future graduation year, gets us closer to that participation goal!  You can donate here.

TRANSFORMATIONAL, ENDOWMENT, AND LEGACY GIFTS

Occasionally, families wish to provide a lasting gift to the school in the form of an endowment. Endowment funds are invested, and the investment returns are utilized according to the wishes of the contributors. For example, endowment funds are often used to finance scholarships or to assist in the financial support of students who would be unable to attend otherwise.

Many new tax incentives and estate planning devices have been developed in the last few years, intended to encourage charitable giving as part of tax planning. While we do not have tax specialists on staff, we can certainly provide families information about planned giving options and then direct them to specialists who can provide insight into options that might meet their needs.

UNDERSTANDING OPTIONS IN THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL INVESTMENT

In the difficult economic environment parents face today, finding creative methods and unlocking new opportunities to help meet important family obligations is critical. Sending your children to a top private school like Palm Valley School is an investment that will pay lifelong dividends for them, whether they are in kindergarten or in high school, but the investment can be substantial, and occasionally pose financial hardships.

TAX-FREE ANNUAL GIFTS

An often-overlooked method to fund tuition is through direct payment of tuition by persons other than parents, such as Grandparents, other family members, friends, or mentors. In this strategy, there are significant tax advantages applicable to the donor and to the recipient. Provided these payments are made directly to PVS, they are not subject to gift tax or the normal annual gifting limits. Contact our CFO, Candace Nelson, for more information at cnelson@pvs.org.

GIFT CERTIFICATE DONATIONS

Many school community members run successful businesses and are able to generously contribute donations of services or gift certificates for PVS fundraising auctions or school events. These are fully tax-deductible and a great way to let others in the PVS community know about how a business helps support our school. If you’re able to provide such a donation to one of our events, please contact Development Director Andrea Turner at aturner@pvs.org.

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