About Joliet Montessori School

Annual Fund/How to Give

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What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is our top giving priority because it directly supports our school's greatest assets - our students and teachers.  Dollars raised each year provide the extra margin of excellence not afforted by tuition alone:  

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.

How much am I expected to give?

We ask our families to give to the best of their ability and at a level that demonstrates the value placed on an exemplary education.  Our focus is more on participation than the specific dollar amount. 

When will I be asked to participate in the Annual Fund and how will I be asked?

During the fall, you will receive a written request for participation.  Over the course of the rest of the year, you will receive email reminders to make it easy to follow-up.  Volunteers will also be available to answer questions and help complete your donation. 

How do I give?

You can make your gift online by clicking here at any time during the year.

You can also drop off a check at our Business Office, or send a check, payable to "JMS" in the mail to:
Joliet Montessori School
Business Office
1600 Root Street
Crest Hill, IL 60403

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

What Does the Annual Fund support? 

Gifts to the Annual Fund are used to support a variety of areas of the school's need.  This year, we're focused on financial aid, technology improvements for the Adolescent House, updated office technology for our staff and faculty, and a new badge-controlled security system for ou campus. 

In most circumstances, it is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and the school administrtion to determine where your gift will have th greatest impact.  Restricted annual gifts are not encouraged because they limit the flexibility the administration has to meet operational or programmatic needs.  Additionally, a percentage of the Annual Fund is designated to the Financial Aid Program each year. 

Giving Levels

Partners in Education - $5,000 +
Golden Beads Club - $1,000 to $4,999
Metal Inset Club - $500 to $999
Red and Blue Rods Club - $300 to $499
Pink Tower Club - $100 to $299
Brown Stairs Club - $99 and under

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.

Why is participation so important?

High participation signals institutional strength and school pride.  It also means that more individuals are sharing the financial responsibility to support the school.  And of course, more contributions help our school thrive through more improvements and amenities. 

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, all Annual Fund gifts to JMS are tax-deductible based on the school's 501(c)(3) charitable status. 




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