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Fundraising FAQ’s

“In order for a laboratory school to exist as a site of best practice and innovation, it needs exemplary resources. Those resources are both material and human; they range from the quality of the school’s programming, teaching staff, and facilities to the diversity of the school’s student and faculty bodies.” – Campus School Strategic Plan 2017-2022

  • I already pay tuition, so why ask me to donate to Campus School?

Tuition covers only 91% of the cost of a Campus School education.  Though the Campus School receives significant administrative support from Smith College, including assistance with human resources, facilities, utilities, and technology, we cover all other costs in our budget such as staff and faculty salaries, professional development, supplies and student materials.  As with most independent schools, we need to raise additional funds to cover the whole cost of a Campus School education.  

  • What is the Campus School Fund?

We’ve named our annual fund the Campus School Fund because it more accurately reflects the purpose of the funds raised.  This fund forms the bedrock of all our fundraising efforts and makes possible all the things that make a Campus School education so vibrant and impactful: right sized classrooms (not too big and not too small), dedicated teachers, a curriculum that supports character development and a sense of social justice in students, rich and varied arts and music curriculum, and beloved traditions and experiences that create a strong sense of community.

  • How important is my participation?

Every gift makes a difference and every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated.  When the Campus School applies for grant and foundation support, the application always asks what percentage of our parents donate to Campus School.  A high overall participation rate communicates an engaged and supportive community and makes us much more likely to receive grants and foundation support.  

Your participation in the Campus School Fund helps us meet all of today’s needs.  

Campus School Fund dollars, at work in every classroom, benefit every student and every teacher. They help provide all the things that make Campus School an exceptional school. Since the Campus School Fund requires donations every year, your participation is important now.   

  • When should I give?

Our fiscal year ends June 30th, but of course, gifts are welcome at any time.   We ask all current families, as well as grandparents, alumni and friends, to participate in the Campus School Fund.  You can give online at or by calling 800-241-2056 (option 1).  Please contact our Director of Development and Alumni/ae Relations, Chris Andrews with any questions. 413-585-6510 o 412-443-2491 c  

  • What does financial aid have to do with fundraising?

Currently, 28% of Campus School families receive financial aid. We are committed to  providing need based financial aid that opens our doors to a diverse community of learners and ensuring that every child’s education is enriched by the school’s economic diversity.  Campus School Fund gifts make this important commitment possible.

  • Are there other reasons to give?

Your Campus School Fund gift also ripples out into the larger educational community.  Because a lab school serves as a practicum site for the next generation of teachers, Campus School’s influence extends far beyond our own classrooms. As new teachers disbursed to schools across the country, they carry the high standards and innovative approaches of Campus School with them, to the benefit of all their subsequent students. More than 80% of teachers trained by Campus School faculty take positions in public schools upon graduation.

Contributing to Campus School also deepens your connection to our community.  Many people find it meaningful to contribute in order to move us forward and to serve more children who would not be able to attend without financial aid.   

Finally, unlike tuition payments, gifts to Campus School are tax-deductible.