Frequently UNasked Questions
Let’s go right to the bottom line – my family is already paying tuition. Why should I make a donation or participate in fundraising as well?
The bottom line is this: Your gift supports the people and programs that make The Imani School so special. This means talented teachers. Small classes. Educational resources that our children need. Up-to-date technology. Accommodations for different learning styles. And exceptional offerings in everything from the arts to athletics. Gifts are necessary because tuition does not cover all the opportunities your child receives. That is why independent schools need auxiliary revenue sources such as summer programs, and yes, fundraising.
Is my donation to The Imani School tax-deductible?
Yes, as The Imani School is a nonprofit tax-exempt, 501c3 organization, you are eligible to receive a federal charitable deduction for the amount of your contribution.
Why not just raise tuition?
Simply increasing tuition would eventually make The Imani School unaffordable for most families. We strive to be a community of learners who are diverse in many ways. A gift to the School is tax-deductible. Therefore, it's actually less expensive for families to meet this cost of education by giving a tax-deductible gift.
How much should I give?
We ask each family to participate at a level appropriate for that family’s unique financial circumstances. All we ask is that you give no more or no less than you are able. Every gift, regardless of size, is important and helps support the school in essential ways. We strive to have 100% participation from current families. The Imani School is a nonprofit, tax exempt 501.c.3 organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.
But does my support or contribution really make a difference?
Yes! Every gift, regardless of size, when combined with other gifts makes big things happen. Each gift is an endorsement for Imani and has a much broader impact than its financial support alone. Foundations, grant-making institutions, and other donors all look at parent participation as a key indicator of satisfaction. If the parents whose children are attending the school don’t support the school, why should they? If our parent community stands behind the school, those organizations deem Imani more deserving of their support as well.
Is Imani eligible for employer matching gifts?
Yes! Many corporations have giving programs in place to promote charitable giving among employees. In these programs, companies offer to match employee gifts to certain charities and schools. Many businesses match these gifts at a 1:1 ratio, but some will even triple or quadruple the gift amount. However, every year millions of dollars in donations are left unmatched by employers simply because their employees are unaware of the matching gift program at their company. Please ask your employer about matching gift programs that may benefit our school.