About Joliet Montessori School

Annual Fund/How to Give

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What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is an annual campaign to which alumni, parents, and friends make both restricted and unrestricted gifts that flow directly into the school’s operating budget each year.  As a parent you are asked to support Joliet Montessori School’s climate and culture by contributing to the Annual Fund at a level suitable for your family’s economic ability.  Last year’s Annual Fund raised more than $33,000.  The Annual Fund runs from July 1 through June 30 each year. 

Why is the Annual Fund necessary?

Joliet Montessori School strives to be 100% tuition-driven so tuition should cover the cost of educating your child.  The annual fund is used to cover financial aid and other enhancements to the learning environment.

Why should I give to the Annual Fund?

Your tax deductible gift will help Joliet Montessori School retain and attract the best faculty; acquire and improve classroom equipment; make new information resources and library acquisitions possible; enhance student life; make improvements to facilities; bring guest lecturers to the school; and expand financial aid.

How much should I give?

Gifts to the Annual Fund range in size from $10 to $10,000. No gift is too small, and each and every one is essential.  Your gift to the Annual Fund can also be made anonymously. 

Giving Levels

Gifts of $300 or greater are considered Leadership Circle gifts. Leadership Circle families and businesses are invited to join us for our annual Leadership Circle Dinner held in the Fall.

How do I give?

In the Fall you will be contacted by a parent volunteer asking you to make your gift/pledge to the Annual Fund. You can make your gift at that time, or, at any time during the year:

Regardless the method a donor chooses to give, each gift supports current operations and will make a meaningful difference for today’s students.

Does participation matter? 

Yes!  Every tax-deductible gift makes a difference to the school.  Participation in the Annual Fund sends a powerful message that you believe in Joliet Montessori School and its educational program and the teachers, guides and mentors who are integral to it.

How will my gift be used?

Each year the Board of Trustees determines the areas of greatest need and asks donors to consider directing their gifts to those areas.  However, donors can also designate their gifts to be unrestricted and used towards the advancement of the JMS mission.

What are matching gifts and how do they help? 

Matching gifts are often provided by your employer as a benefit to increase the impact of your donation.  A company with a matching gift program will make a gift to Joliet Montessori School when you make your gift, often dollar for dollar.  In order to take advantage of this benefit, you will need to get a matching gift form from your employer’s human resources department and send it in with your donation.

My child is receiving financial aid. Is it okay to make a gift? 

Yes, your gift to the Annual Fund will not affect your financial aid package. We encourage all families to support the Annual Fund.

How can I learn more?

For more information about the Annual Fund or volunteer opportunities, please contact Kathy Bertani, Business Manager at 815-741-4180 ext 13.



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Parent Toddler Classes Starting Soon


Openings still available ...


JMS Kicks Off New School Year


with the Annual Parent Orientation Dinner!


JMS Delighted To Announce New Head of School


And New Assistant Head of School