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Annual Giving to Wooster School

Annual Giving encompasses all solicitations for support made on behalf of Wooster School within a single fiscal year and coordinated with the Office of Advancement. Solicitations recur annually and are generally conducted through direct marketing (mail, phone, email, advertising and special events) and through individual solicitations. To be counted as an annual gift, donations must be dated on or before June 30 each year.

Annual Giving is categorized in three areas: gifts to the Annual Appeal; gifts made through Special Events; and Restricted and Designated Gifts to Wooster School.

Annual Appeal

The Annual Appeal includes all gifts attributable to annual solicitation efforts made on behalf of Wooster School. Gifts are typically less than $25,000, repeatable in nature, and are not payments made on major gift pledges. Pledges for annual support are fulfilled within the current fiscal year. All gifts made to the Wooster School Annual Apeal are 100% tax deductible and all gifts benefit the operations of the school in the year they are made.

Special Events

Special Events provide donors with unique opportunities to support Wooster School. Special event gifts are those contributions made on behalf of Wooster School through annual, recurring events including the Wooster Parents’ Association Gala and the Wooster School Golf Classic. Donations that exceed expenses associated with these events are included in Wooster School’s Annual Giving totals. Donors should be aware that a portion of any gift, sponsorship, or ticket purchase made to an annual event will be used to cover the costs of that event. Typically, event ticket purchases are not 100% tax deductible.

Restricted and Designated Gifts

Restricted and designated gifts and gifts of $50,000 or more. In some cases, these gifts may be pledged over time. Restricted gifts for specific programs or purchases not already part of Wooster’s annual operating plan require approval from the Head of School. Designated gifts (for technology, as an example) will be applied in the year they are granted and used for underwriting of annual operations. On occasion, Wooster School may defer these gifts to the following fiscal year. Gifts restricted to tuition assistance will be invested in the year they are received.

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