Q. What is The Robinson Fund?
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Every year all Robinson parents, faculty, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents and friends are asked to make an annual gift of any size to help bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of educating your child.

Q. Why do you ask me to give when I already pay tuition?
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Because tuition alone does not cover the actual expense of educating your child. Annual tuition ranges from $12,000 to $15,000 and the actual cost per student is approximately $1,800 more. The Robinson Fund subsidizes the true cost of a Robinson education.

Q. Why don’t you just charge more tuition?
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We want Robinson to be affordable to every qualified student and so we try to keep tuition reasonable.

Q. What does my contribution go toward?
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Supplements tuition dollars to give our teachers well-earned salary increases; provides teaching tools and equipment to enhance our children’s classrooms, technology and libraries, environmental programs, athletic and fine arts opportunities; and subsidizes our endowment program, which in turn helps keep tuition affordable.

Q. How much should I give?
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Only you can determine the amount of your gift to Robinson. We encourage every family to make Robinson a philanthropic priority. By our example, we teach our students — our future leaders — the value of giving generously to help others. There are gift clubs to suit anyone’s comfort level.

Q. Do I have to send a check right away?
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No, you can pledge your gift now and indicate a payment schedule that is most convenient for you and we will be happy to remind you when your pledge is due. All pledges should be paid in full by the end of Robinson fiscal year on June 30. Gifts may be paid by cash, check stock transfer or credit card (MasterCard or Visa). You may also set up an electronic transfer schedule. Alternatively, contact the Development Office to find out how easy it is to donate.

Q. How will you recognize my gift to The Robinson Fund?
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Your gift to Robinson will be recognized in the Robinson Annual Report of Giving unless you specify it as an anonymous gift. In addition, donors who give $2,500 or more to The Robinson Fund each year are designated as members of the Society for Excellence and are recognized at a special party and have reserved seating at year-end events.

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Do the faculty and staff give to The Robinson Fund?
A. Our wonderful faculty and staff have given for the past years!

Q. Who leads The Robinson Fund – Annual Giving efforts?
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Each year a Chair and Co-Chair are selected from the Board of Trustees. They un turn recruit Parent volunteers to assist them by writing letters and making phone calls to peers about The Robinson Fund and its importance to Robinson. The alumni also have a Chair and class representatives who work together to reach goals set by the Board of Trustees. All volunteers work with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

Q. Why is Annual Giving necessary?
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Tuition, fees and summer programs cover not quite 80% of the School’s annual operating budget. Annual Giving helps bridge this 20% gap. Unlike public schools which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely upon tuition revenues and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses.

Q. Do corporations and foundations support Annual Giving?
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Corporations contribute to Robinson by offering matching gifts to their employees’ contribution. You may want to check with your employer to see if such a program exists. Foundations generally give to Annual Giving appeals when there is a direct connection to the School. Robinson’s Development Office occasionally works with the faculty to apply for grants when specific projects meet the criteria of a specific foundation.

Q. Why is participation important?
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Robinson’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of our entire school community. Your participation generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting the School, and it is a key indicator to foundations and corporate donors that we have consistent support from those we serve, both past and present.

Q. Can I donate stock to Annual Giving?
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Yes. This is a great way to make a gift to the School. Giving appreciated securities provides you with a tax deduction for the appreciated value of the stock without incurring capital gains tax. For more details contact Mariela Cabán, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, 787-999-4612 or email her at mcaban@robinsonschool.org.