Green Vale’s development efforts are designed to strengthen the School’s relationship with its families and to generate charitable gifts for financial support. The Green Vale School is a designated 501c3 charitable organization.
As a non-profit, independent school, the Green Vale community – parents, students, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni , parents of alumni, and friends – are encouraged to be involved and invested. We could not accomplish what we do for our students without this integral support.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Green Vale is an independent school, incorporated as a non-profit organization, and governed by its own Board of Trustees, which is entrusted to define, preserve, and promote the School’s mission.Trustees are parents, alumni, and parents of alumni, and are selected through a nominating process to serve on the Board as volunteer members.
The Board of Trustees sets school policy, is responsible for its financial condition and physical plant, and hires and works with the Headmaster in governance of the School. The Board of Trustees is not responsible for the day-to-day operations of the School. The Headmaster runs the School according to the policies established by Trustees and serves as the educational leader and administrator.
PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION (PA)
All Green Vale Parents are members of the Parents’ Association.
The partnership between Green Vale and its families is a vital component in securing a quality education for our students.
- Green Vale’s PA is committed to advancing the mission of the School and contributing to a positive school climate.
- The PA President is elected through a nominating process, serves a two-year term, and manages a roster of volunteer opportunities (See below).
- The PA President attends the Board of Trustees meetings as an ex-officio member and acts as the communication link to the parent community.
- PA dues per year ($125 per family) cover various activities, including hospitality for school events.
- PA meetings, e-newsletters, and class parent contact keep parents informed of school news, issues, events, activities, etc. Please see the calendar for scheduled meetings.
Parents’ Association (PA)
Green Vale Fair - November 2013 (see below)
Annual Book Fair - May 2014
Faculty Appreciation Breakfasts
Annual Blood Drive
For more info, contact PA President Jill Jervis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fair 2013 Committes
Live Auction & Dinner
Almost Live Auction
Tavern on the Green Vale
Star Vale Café
For more info, contact Fair Chair Kate O’Neill at email@example.com
Admissions Office (Parent Ambassadors; call list)
For more info, contact Alexis Morledge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications Office (photography, general support)
For more info, contact Peggy Bell at email@example.com.
Advancement Office (Annual Fund; Alumni Relations, Events)
For more info, contact Liz Remsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like most independent schools, Green Vale’s tuition rates only cover 80% of the School’s annual operating expenses. Additional revenue is necessary to cover the shortfall between tuition and full operating expenses. We ask for money beyond tuition in order to ensure the School’s margin of excellence – quality teachers, enhanced program, suitable technology, safe facilities, and more.
Many people ask why Green Vale (like other schools) does not charge
full tuition – there are 3 basic reasons:
- We keep tuition as low as possible in order to attract as many qualified students as possible.
- Tuition rates must remain competitive and in range of other local independent schools.
- Green Vale is a designated 501c3 charitable organization. A charitable gift to Green Vale is tax-deductible. In after tax dollars, tuition plus a charitable gift is less expensive than increasing tuition to cover the full cost.
This critically important appeal is the primary revenue source to help cover the shortfall or ‘gap’ between tuition and the full costs of the educational experience at Green Vale. Every year, families are asked to make a charitable gift to the School’s Annual Fund.
Trustees, current parents, alumni, alumni parents and grandparents all support the Annual Fund. A formal request is mailed in November, after our fall Fair, but gifts to the Annual Fund can be made any time during Green Vale’s fiscal year, between July 1 – June 30. Every student benefits from the generosity of the entire Green Vale community.
Please know the Annual Fund is a vital component of Green Vale’s annual operating budget. Leadership gifts start at the ‘gap’ per student ($5,000+) and provide 70% of the total funds raised each year. However, gifts range in size from $25 - $25,000 and the combined impact of every gift, no matter the size, is vitally important.
The percentage of parents who make a gift, of any size, to the Annual Fund is very important. All schools aim for 100% parent participation. High participation is a vote of confidence, an important sign that virtually all parents invest in their children’s welfare and support the mission of the School. This percentage can also have an impact from outside sources; most foundations consider parent participation rates before donating funds to a school.
In addition to the Annual Fund, proceeds from the fall Fair directly support the current annual operating budget. In early November, the Fair Chairs and Committees – GV parents - work with the School Administrators and Faculty in producing the annual Green Vale Fair.
The weekend begins with a Dinner and Auctions Evening, followed the next day with a Children’s Fair, boutique shopping, luncheon and more. It is a community-wide weekend, providing volunteer opportunities that bring families together to help raise important funds for Green Vale.
Another important component for additional revenue is the School’s endowment. Green Vale’s endowment represents funds intended to be kept permanently and invested to provide income for continued support and future stability of the School for generations to come. The endowment is increased through specific endowment drives, often through a Capital Campaign and planned gifts. A portion of the interest from the investments of the principal supports the annual operating budget and capital expenditures.
The Green Vale School occasionally seeks capital gifts in support of capital projects above and beyond the current operating budget. Gifts for capital purposes are made within the context of maintaining or increasing support for the Annual Fund.