The Hartsbrook School

The Annual Fund

Building and Supporting the Hartsbrook Community

Development is a term that incorporates both philanthropy or fundraising for the needs of an institution and relationship building.  We work with parents alumni and alumni parents as well as the Board, faculty and staff to continue to build the Hartsbrook Community that will in turn sustain the school.

What Does Your Financial Support Mean?

The school is committed to providing strong, vibrant programs that yield the deeply rewarding education that students receive here.  Your support also means that we can continue to sustain a socially and economically diverse student population through financial assistance for tuitions.  Fully a third of our families receive some kind of financial aid, and we annually spend over $600,000 on that aid.  In recent years, we have seen a number of anonymous gifts come forward to support such tuition assistance, gifts that truly represent the “compassionate philanthropy” that shows a sense of supporting others within the school community.

Other members of our community are often willing to step forward to help fund programs and projects as they emerge, again showing their deep appreciation for Hartsbrook’s education and commitment to deeply held shared values.  Our donors help make it all happen.

Fundraising for the School’s Current Needs:  Our Goals

Our Annual Giving Campaign is focused on raising unrestricted funds through the Annual Fund to help meet the operating budget needs of the school.  As a community, we join togther to make an investment in the school with our donations, that combined with tuition revenue and other revenue support the school’s vibrant programs and facilities, faculty salaries as well as providing financial aid/tuition assistance. Additionally, some donors have chosen to make significant designated gfts to support such areas as financial aid or special projects.

Thank You!

Our financial goal for 2016-17 was to raise $250,000, with nearly 100% participation of all parents, Board members, core faculty, and salaried staff. This is a way for each of us to make a gift to each other, to know that we thrive together as a community.  Together we raised $241,339 with additional gifts for special projects, including governance transition.  We are also profoundly grateful for philanthropic contributions from our extended community of grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, family, and friends. Your donations acknowledge the value you place on the unique qualities of a Hartsbrook education.

Our new Farm2Table event on September 16th, 2017 was very successful, with net revenue of approximately $43,000.  A great time was had by all, with profits directed to Tuition Assistance/The New Sliding Scale Model and the Land Stewardship Program.  We are grateful to our donors and to our community partners who joined with us to make this an uplifting and welcoming event.

New Goal for 2017-18

This fall we will launch an annual giving campaign with a goal of $271,000.  We will be providing more details shortly as we prepare for the fall campaign launch.

Current Parents Appeal

kelly-feeney-2On behalf of the Hartsbrook Community, I would like to invite you to join me in support of The Hartsbrook School through your gift to the Annual Fund as you have done in the past.  The Annual Fund is the school’s biggest fundraiser. Your gift is a powerful and essential financial resource that bridges the gap between tuition and the growing costs of running a school. Every year Hartsbrook parents, board members, faculty, staff, and alumni work together toward a common goal of 100% participation. When everyone in our community contributes, the result is powerful.

My husband and I moved to the Amherst area two years ago from Colorado. From the moment our daughter began preschool in Boulder, we felt a deep resonance with the educational philosophy and social values of Waldorf education. Enrolling Marcella in Hartsbrook was a natural decision for us: it is where we felt at home.  We have seen our child thrive—and have personally felt enriched by—an atmosphere of reverence for childhood, respect for humanity and nature, and a belief in fostering imagination and intellect.

A school like ours requires more than stellar volunteers, great faculty, and an inspiring curriculum. Sustaining Hartsbrook also requires the financial engagement of the entire community to meet our students’ needs today and into the future. The generous gifts we receive from alumni, parents, and friends go directly to meeting expenses not covered by tuition alone.

I invite you to give what you can, monthly or annually, and help us reach our goal!  Your tax-deductible donation will help support innovative programs, day-to-day operations, faculty salaries, professional development, and tuition assistance.  Thank you for being here, and for helping steer Hartsbrook on a path of continued growth.

Kelly Feeney, Hartsbrook Annual Fund Current Parents Chair

Hartsbrook Community Engagement 

Our parents and alumni parents are deeply engaged in the life of the school, through a variety of projects including special events, Parent Council and new endeavors such as the Natural Play Yard Project, the newly revived School Store and a new Farm to Table fundraising event.  These activities build a strong and engaged community that helps the school and all the individuals involved in a way that demonstrates for the students and the next generation what it means to build a strong and supportive community around a deeply held shared purpose.  That community engagement is also an important factor in teaching students how to follow a “moral compass.”

How to Make a Gift

Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made via check, credit card, online (Paypal), and gifts of stock or other securities. Recurring payments can be made on a monthly basis.  Donations to The Hartsbrook School are tax deductible as allowed by law. The school’s Tax ID is 042 734 173, a number that verifies the non-profit status of the school.

To offer your support for the school, or to obtain more information, please call Pilar Schmidt, Director of Development, at (413) 586-1908, ext. 129, or email her at For contributions sent through U.S. Mail, please address them to:

The Hartsbrook School
Development Office
193 Bay Road
Hadley, MA 01035

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Charitable IRA Distributions; Tax Advantages While Meeting Required Minimum Distributions by David Smucker CPA