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How We Raise Funds

The mission and values of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor began through the dedicated commitment of a small group of pioneering families in 1980. At the core of our community is the building and nurturing of relationships with individuals, organizations and businesses who share our vision of educational excellence. Gifts of time, money and expertise are essential components of commitment to our school. This valuable support enables our school to remain fiscally healthy and academically sound.

RSSAA, like most independent, non-profit 501(c)3  schools, relies on a combination of tuition and fundraising revenue to support our operations. Tuition and other fees cover about 90% of our costs.

Our hope is that everyone who is part of the RSSAA family will consider a gift to our school. The collective strength of our community makes our circle strong. Please, join our circle of giving.

The fundraising year for RSSAA runs from July 1 through June 30.  Giving is easy; please select from the following options:

Gifts & Pledges

Direct gifts and pledges to the school are welcome throughout the year. Gifts may be made by mail, phone or online, with check (made payable to RSSAA) or credit card. The school's fiscal year ends June 30.  Checks can be sent to: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, 2230 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

Matching Gifts

Taking advantage of your employer's matching gifts program helps RSSAA considerably. Enclose your company's matching form with your gift. If you are not sure whether your company participates in this plan, the Development Office can find out and help you obtain the proper forms.


Gifts of appreciated stock may offer significant tax advantages to the donor and are simple to arrange.  To make a gift of appreciated stock, please contact the Business Office at or 734-669-9394.

Planned Giving

Making a gift to the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor using appreciated stock, real estate, charitable trust, or life insurance can be beneficial - whether for the tax benefits that planned gifts offer, the financial flexibility they afford, or the lasting legacy they can help a donor leave behind. There is a type of planned gift that will allow you to make a significant impact on RSSAA through your estate plan. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your long-term charitable goals.

Bequests: Naming the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor as a beneficiary in your will or in a codicil to your will. Most planned gifts are bequests. They allow a donor to make a larger contribution after death than is generally possible during their lifetime. The donor receives an estate tax charitable deduction for this gift.

Charitable Lead Trust: A trust created by the donor that provides an income stream to RSSAA for a specified term of years. When the trust terminates, the principal goes to beneficiaries chosen by the donor. The donor does not incur income tax on the income stream paid to the School. The gift tax, on the principal passing the beneficiaries, is reduced or eliminated.

Life Income Gifts (Charitable Remainder Trust or Charitable Gift Annuity): A trust or annuity created by the donor that provides an income to the donor's beneficiaries for a specified term of years. When the trust or annuity terminates, the principle is paid to RSSAA. The donor receives an immediate income tax deduction for the value of the deferred gift of the principal to the School.

Life Insurance Plans: The transfer of ownership of a life insurance policy on the donor's life to the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. The donor continues to pay any premiums after the gift is made, for which they receive an income tax deduction. The total investment in the life insurance policy is also tax-deductible.

Retirement Assets: Naming RSSAA as a beneficiary of the any balance remaining in an IRA, 401(k), or other retirement plan at the time of death. The amount that is gifted to RSSAA is not subject to income tax or estate tax (as it would be if left to an individual).

Remainder in Real Estate: A gift of real estate (such as a home or a vacation home) that allows a donor to reserve the right to live in and use the property for the rest of his or her life. The donor receives an income tax deduction for the value of the deferred gift. RSSAA receives the property upon the donor's death.

The material presented here is intended as general educational information on the topics discussed herein and should not be interpreted as legal, financial or tax advice. Please seek the specific advice of your tax advisor, attorney and/or financial planner to discuss the application of these topics to your individual situation.

Please contact Katrina Klaphake, Development Director, to inform her of your gift or to discuss your long-term charitable goals. or 734-669-9394.

Annual Fund

Annual Fund is a yearly request to members of the RSSAA community. Contributions support faculty professional development and tuition assistance. One-hundred percent participation by parents is our goal, which also encourages major donors to support our mission.  When you consider your giving for the year, this important funding source for our school should be at the top of your list.

Capital Campaigns

Capital campaigns raise significant funds for major institutional projects or programs in a specified period of time. The focus of the campaign begins through the strategic planning process and ultimately supports the mission of the school. The resulting project or program benefits the community in a transformative way.