About Joliet Montessori School
Montessori education builds a child's capability to become a fulfilled and productive adult able to contribute to the world- at home, at work, and in their community. Here at the Joliet Montessori School, we are helping our students become independent and successful individuals by focusing on their social, emotional and intellectual development.
Why is the Annual Fund important?
Providing this education is the foundation for the future, but there is a significant cost to providing this service. Also, as a private institution, we do not receive significant funding from federal or state funds. Instead, we rely on tuition to cover all of our operating costs - things like the mortgage and utilities for our two-building campus; faculty and staff salaries; professional development; marketing; and classroom materials. Taken together, this is how we maintain an inviting environment for our students to learn and grow. That is the purpose of the JMS Annual Fund; to provide the funding to continue our mission of inspiring a passon for learning in today's generation and future generations of students.
What can we hope to accomplish with your Annual Fund support?
Last year's donations allowed us to replace leaky windows, improve building security and add equipment to our playground. Also, your generous giving helped fund our need-based financial aid program, affording families the ability to provide a Montessori education for their child.
Our primary focus of this year's campaign is to help our school weather the financial toll that COVID-19 has taken on our school's operating budget. Secondly, we wish to continue to provide funds to our financial aid program.
Are families required to donate?
Yes. As engaged parents/guardians, we ask that all enrolled families participate in the Annual Fund at their own personal level. A suggested giving level is $100 per family, but remember, it's not what you give - it's that you give.
Why are we seeking 100% participation?
100% participation helps cement our JMS families into a united, committed force dedicated to delivering the best Montessori education for our children, and in our area.
Are donations to the Annual Fund tax deductible?
Yes. Because JMS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, all donations to JMS – including those to the Annual Fund – are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. You will receive written acknowledgement of your gift that can be used to claim the charitable deduction on that year’s taxes.
How can I contribute to the $40k by ’21 Annual Fund drive?
Our Annual Fund goal is $40,000 by June of 2021. This is certainly an ambitious goal but one we believe is achievable by the JMS community of faculty, staff, parents/grandparents, alumni and their families, friends and businesses - giving their time, talents, and resources. You can pledge one-time or automatic monthly donations here on our GoFundMe Webpage. Or send your check payable to JMS to the address: Joliet Montessori School, 1600 Root Street, Crest Hill, IL 60403, Attention: Business Office. Please indicate "Annual Fund" in the memo field if donating by check.
Have other questions?
If you have any questions about the JMS Annual Fund, the $40k by ’21 drive, or would like to donate your time or talents, please contact Eileen Kozlowski, Assistant Head of School, 815-741-4180.