The Way of the Shepherd Annual Appeal
2020 – 2021 Annual Appeal Current Status
The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School Annual Appeal is the school’s yearly giving campaign. Each donation made directly to The Way of the Shepherd is considered part of the Annual Appeal campaign. In this way, we can stay in communication with our friends and supporters with the hope that they will continue to be part of our mission each year. It is an appeal to all of our friends and families, so that everyone can be part of our mission and vision for Catholic Montessori education. Your gift, no matter the amount, is welcomed and appreciated. Our school is facing several financial challenges, including the additional resources required for COVID-19 compliance. We will make it through these tough times, but only if we gather all our support, to meet these urgent needs. We appreciate that for some families, making a donation is a real sacrifice, so we humbly ask for your prayerful consideration to give according to the best of your ability. It is encouraged, moreover, to encourage other family members to support our school, for your testimony is very effective. For all our alumni, we ask you to consider how a Catholic Montessori education has been a blessing in your life – and then invite you to help make that possible for future students. We challenge you to give back in the amount of your graduation year (i.e. $20.05 for those who graduated in 2005). This is a beautiful opportunity for you to show your school pride and gratitude for all those who helped make your education possible. Now, you can make it a reality for future students! We ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to Way of the Shepherd as part of your yearly giving.
Annual Appeal FAQ
Why does The Way of the Shepherd have an Annual Fund Campaign?
From the beginning, our school founders wanted to keep tuition affordable, so that any family could have access to this new model of Catholic education. Thus, The Way of the Shepherd created a plan to keep tuition comparable with other Catholic schools and much lower than other Montessori schools. This takes tremendous effort, as WOS does not have the typical revenue streams a public or parochial school has. Our fundraising events (Golf Tournament, Gala, etc.) as well as hundreds of volunteer hours from our school families help in accomplishing our goal of affordable tuition. But it is not enough. The Annual Appeal fills the funding gaps in our daily operations. This includes everything from our utility bills to materials for the classrooms. We rely upon the generosity of our friends and benefactors giving to our Annual Appeal to keep the doors of WOS open.
What does this mean for parents and families?
We need your participation. So many of our families already support us in many ways. THANK YOU! The Annual Appeal is an important way of keeping all our stakeholders, including board members, donors, staff, alumni and current and former families connected to the school and its mission. Therefore, we ask for everybody’s participation. Data speaks! When we have 100% participation for the Annual Appeal, not only does this make an impact with Grantmakers and new families, but we are also witnessing to our commitment and belief in the mission at WOS.
How can I make my annual gift?
Thank you for thinking of us for your annual giving! To make an online contribution, you can simply click on the “Donate” button to pay online via Pay Pal here. To inquire about a stock transfer, please call the school at 763-862-9110. You can also mail donations to 13200 Central Avenue NE, Blaine, MN 55434 or drop off your donation and stay for a tour or a visit!