Giving at WNS


Westside Neighborhood School is grateful for the longstanding generosity and philanthropy among our community. Financial support from parents and guardians, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends provide exceptional opportunities for our students, teachers, and programs.

Cathy Gemgnani

Director of Development

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Since WNS’ founding in 1980, each family has played an important role in building the school’s success. WNS is fortunate to receive meaningful financial support from families and our extended community every year. The school strives to create a culture of engagement where each member contributes to their personal capacity. Tuition covers only a portion of the cost of the outstanding education students receive at WNS. Financial support makes up that difference and has a direct impact on every student and our excellent programs.

The WNS Annual Fund (Oct. 4-Dec. 18)

The Annual Fund is WNS’s most vital fundraiser every year and is essential to the school’s sustainability and success. Gifts to the WNS Annual Fund bridge the gap between what tuition covers and the actual cost of a WNS education. It supports the year’s greatest needs such as financial assistance, classroom technology, extracurricular activities, and professional development opportunities for our teachers. This year’s fund is also helping cover the extra costs related to COVID-19 such as the HEPA filters, PPE, desk barriers, outdoor sinks and canopies. Like all private-independent schools, the Annual Fund kicks off right at the beginning of the school year to help fund these essential programs and is why we ask that all families participate at a level that is right for them. A gift to the WNS Annual Fund is tax-deductible.
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Annual Gala & Auction (April 24, 2021)

Save the Date!

The Gala is WNS’s biggest annual fundraising event. Last year due to COVID-19, we hosted our first ever Virtual Gala and it still lived up to the Gala’s reputation of the party of the year! We came together to celebrate and uplift our community when we needed it most. On top of the dancing and community building we also raised funds through a virtual Raise the Paddle and an Online Auction with all proceeds going to our school’s Financial Assistance Emergency Fund.

The auction is a fun way for everyone to get involved! Whether it is volunteering to solicit fun items, donating items, or bidding! We can’t wait to see what auction items our community will be sharing with us this year! Vacations, wine, experiences and more…we love our auction!

Other Fundraising Opportunities…

A high level of support to the school also comes through grants, company matching, and corporate sponsorships to targeted areas of need. Many of these donations support initiatives like Financial Assistance, campus enhancements, specific programs or our Endowment.

The school also launches specific campaigns as needs arise. Campaigns fund specific initiatives and are focused on long-term strategic goals. Campaign gifts are usually larger in size than an Annual Fund contribution and may be pledged over multiple years. During a campaign, donors are asked to support both the WNS Annual Fund and the campaign effort. This ensures that WNS’ operations are sustained as the school embarks on a major fundraising initiative.

WNS deeply appreciates the support from our families, alumni, alumni parents, foundations, friends of the school, and grandparents.

Ways to Give

We strive to make the process of giving back to the WNS community as straightforward as possible. Gifts made to WNS (501C3 Nonprofit Organization) are tax-deductible.

Make a Pledge

Pledges may be made to any fund or campaign. Installment plans for pledges are available.

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Give a Cash Gift

Give using cash, check, or credit card. Gifts can be made in person, over the phone, or online.

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Give a Stock Gift

We accept gifts in the form of stock donations. Contact the Development Office for details.

Give a Matching Gift

Double the impact of your gift with a matching gift from your employer.

Gift & Donor Acknowledgement
Donors to all annual giving funds and campaigns at WNS are acknowledged with gratitude in our Philanthropy Report. Donors are listed by giving levels based on total donations to the school throughout the year. If you wish to not be listed in the report you may request your gifts to be anonymous.

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