A letter from Rachel about donation allocation

So… Where does the money go?

This question has come up in more than one conversation I’ve had over the last few weeks.  As The French School and The Spanish School continue to grow and as SLLIS plans for the future, charitable contributions will become increasingly important.  Donors retain the right to instruct how their gift is used.  Many donors make an unrestricted gift, and these gifts are typically used where they are needed most – for example, an unrestricted gift could be used to maintain our required fund balance, make capital improvements and support our Social Equity Campaign.   Some donors choose to be more specific about where their gift is used – in this case (and these are just examples), a donor could specify that their gift be used to endow a teaching position, purchase supplies, enhance a music program or support a particular grade/classroom/school.   As a donor, you always retain the right to know how your gift was used and what impact was made.

If you have not yet given, I encourage you to consider a tax-deductible gift to SLLIS.  An anonymous donor has offered to match parent donations between now and the end of the year, up to $1000.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more about SLLIS & charitable giving, please do not hesitate to contact me!

In January, I will share the results of our appeal and the next steps necessary to create a strong, multi-channel giving program for SLLIS.  In the coming months, I will be working with members of our board, staff, and parent volunteers to launch a variety of planned initiatives to ensure SLLIS’ long-term success.  I look forward to working with you and creating a stable foundation for SLLIS’ growth.

Wishing you the best,

Rachel D’Souza-Siebert

Director of Development

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