The Hartsbrook School

Annual Giving Campaign

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 $250,000.

Current Parents Fall Appeal


With the shortening days of late autumn before us, we begin to turn inward and take stock of what sustains us when brilliant leaves have faded to brown. In addition to the other seasonal traditions and celebrations that every culture observes, at private schools everywhere the fall is the time of year to launch the Annual Fund.

An annual fund is exactly what it’s called: funds for it are received and spent within the same year. This yearly tradition is when we ask everyone in our community to renew their commitment to Hartsbrook’s mission. It is only with your help that we can give the school’s budget the robustness and flexibility required not only to educate our children, but to support teachers, and to fund tuition assistance.

This year’s Annual Fund goal is $250,000.  We have already raised more than $150,410 from Board, Faculty Conference and some key donors. I invite every Hartsbrook family, regardless of tuition assistance, to give an amount during this year’s campaign that is meaningful to them.  Community-wide support is essential not only because it strengthens our connection to one another, but it also generates enthusiasm about our school’s mission and encourages others from beyond our circle to participate.

My husband and I moved to the Amherst area three years ago from Colorado.  From the moment out daughter began preschool there, 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 immediately at home.

Thank you for being here, for being our community.  And thank you for helping steer Hartsbrook on a path of continued growth, no matter what the season!


Kelly Feeney, Hartsbrook Annual Fund Current Parents Chair for FY2017-18

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

Act Now

Donate Online

Matching Gift Form

Set Up a Recurring Gift

Download an Annual Fund Pledge Form (PDF)

Stock Gift Instructions

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

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