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 doesn’t Rainbow simply raise tuition instead of having an annual campaign?
Without the 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. Tuition helps cover the majority of costs, but since RCS is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization we also rely on your tax-deductible donations.
I am already paying tuition; what benefit does my child get when we donate money as well?
Your donation supports the programs and people that makes our school unique:
Talented and committed teachers
Small class sizes
Holistic approach and accommodations for various learning styles
Exceptional offerings from the arts to electives
COVID-19 has changed nearly every facet of our lives, but in the face of uncertainty, we have worked hard to make returning to school possible. Your support this year is helping to ensure that RCS is a pandemic resilient school!
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% staff and family participation. With this in mind, we invite your family to make a gift of any amount that is meaningful to you.
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. Before you make this heart-centered exchange, we invite you to 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 does Rainbow fit into your family’s general commitment to nonprofit organizations?
- How might the long-term return on your investment today show up in your family’s life?
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 one or more of the specific initiatives listed below, we invite you to do so.
- Technology and Technology Supports
- Outdoor Classroom Enhancements and Facilities Projects
- Health and Safety COVID Mitigation Efforts
- 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 by pledging or a recurring donation. Pledges or recurring donations can be fulfilled monthly, quarterly, once per year, over a series of years, or however best meets your needs.
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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, or mailing it 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.