RCS Annual Campaign
What does your donation support?
Every independent school has an annual campaign that helps cover the gap between the cost of tuition and the cost of operating the school. To cover this gap, we would need to raise tuition but instead, we engage in collective fundraising!
Donations to our annual fund support everything we do – such as retaining quality teachers, small class sizes, classroom materials, and technology. It also enhances the relationships your child makes with their peers and teachers, their love of learning, and the safety they feel. Your gifts also make the school affordable to a wider range of students, bringing your child the many benefits of social and economic diversity.
Tuition doesn’t cover all the opportunities that your student receives. The more you give the more your child receives.
We hope that you will make our beloved school your non-profit of choice.
Why I Give
“I give because I know my gift will help to provide a better space and opportunity for the children to learn and grow, teachers to expand, and parents to be involved in the community.”
“I give because I know that this place is more than just an amazing school and a community, its my family!”
“I give because I want to help keep tuition affordable and support the social-economic diversity at Rainbow.”
“An investment in anything Rainbow right now- the kids, the teachers, the campus, is an investment in the world!”
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Rainbow need an annual campaign?
Every independent school has an annual campaign that helps cover the gap between the cost of tuition and cost of operating the school. At Rainbow, 93% of Rainbow’s outgoing expenses pay the salaries and benefits of its highly qualified faculty and staff. Tuition covers most of these expenses; but, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we also rely on tax-deductible donations, grants, and other fundraising efforts to help close the gap.
Why doesn’t Rainbow simply raise tuition instead of having an annual campaign?
Without an annual campaign, many families would not be able to attend Rainbow. In an effort to keep tuition at an affordable price and to support a diverse socio-economic community, Rainbow charges each family less than the actual cost of educating each child.
Where does my donation go?
Your donation supports the programs and people that make our school unique!
- Talented and committed teachers
- Small class sizes
- Holistic approach and accommodations for various learning styles
- Exceptional offerings such as arts, electives, and field trips
- Programs like Love in Action AND so much more!
How do I decide on an amount to contribute toward the Annual Campaign?
We understand that this is a very personal decision and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. When determining your gift amount, please consider these reflections:
- What do you value about the holistic education your child receives?
- What do you value about Rainbow teachers, staff, families, students, and community culture?
- How much does your family value Rainbow’s commitment to socio-economic diversity?
- How might the long-term return on your investment show up today in your family’s life?
- How does Rainbow fit into your family’s general commitment to non-profit organizations?
What if I feel I cannot afford to donate this year?
Whether it is $5 or $5,000, your heart-centered gift is equally valued! As we apply for grant funding, it makes a big statement for us to claim 100% of our staff and families have contributed at some level. With this in mind, we invite your family to make a gift of any amount that is meaningful to you.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, Rainbow Community School is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tuition dollars, on the other hand, are not tax-deductible.
Can I designate my gift?
Yes! If you feel strongly about supporting a specific initiative, we invite you to do so. Simply contact our Development Director, West Willmore, at email@example.com or at (828) 258-9264 x135
Ideas for designating your gift could be…
- Technology and Technology Supports
- Outdoor Classroom Enhancements and Facilities Projects
- Financial Aid
- Love in Action Program
Eight Convenient Ways to Participate!
Planned gifts allow your values to continue beyond your lifetime. These are gift vehicles such as a bequest, trust, a gift of real estate or personal property and can reduce the amount of your taxable estate, which may increase the actual amount available to loved ones.
Your gift to RCS may have an even greater impact if your employer offers a matching gift program. Contact your company’s Human Resource Department to see if your employer matches charitable donations.
Tribute or Memorial Gifts
Make traditional gift-giving occasions particularly meaningful by supporting education. Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion, consider asking for a donation to your favorite non-profit. Or honor the memory of a loved one by making a gift in their name.
Gifts of Stock
Giving stock that has been held more than 12 months offers a two-fold tax savings: a tax-deduction for the full fair market value of the stock on the date of the gift and avoidance of capital gains.
Make a Pledge or Recurring Donation
Invest in RCS over time making a recurring donation or pledge. Pledges can be fulfilled monthly, quarterly, once per year, over a series of years, or however best meets your needs. Contact our business manager, Margaret Gerleve to draft your TADS account.
Becoming a business sponsor at the Gold, Silver, or Bronze levels helps connect you with thousands of community members and potential clients through our social media outlets, our website, and promotional materials.
Make a one-time financial contribution by:
- Donating online
- Asking our Business Manager to draft your account
- Dropping off a check in the main office
- Mailing your check to 574 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
IRA Charitable Giving
Individual Retirement Account (IRA) owners over age 70 may make a transfer of up to $100,000 per year to qualified charities. IRA charitable rollovers are tax-free and not included in adjusted gross income.