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Annual Fund FAQs

The Annual Fund directly impacts our students and faculty every day. Contributions raised each year for the Annual Fund enable the school to retain superior faculty and staff, ensure small group learning, cutting edge technology, financial aid support, and dynamic programming.

Stevens relies on generous Annual Fund contributions from parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and alumni to elevate academics and enhance the student experience.

Still interested in learning more? Below are some of the most common questions we receive about the Annual Fund.

Have more questions? Feel free to reach out anytime to Francesca Lanning, Director of Advancement, at francesca@stevenscoop.org or Kaitlyn Woodward, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events, at kaitlynw@stevenscoop.org.

Where does the money go?

The money you give to the annual fund goes towards meeting the current operating needs of the school. This means the Annual Fund helps cover such items as teacher salaries, financial aid, classroom supplies and other typical school expenses.

Why aren’t tuition dollars enough?

Tuition only provides 85% of the average independent school’s operating income. It is important to us to keep our tuition relatively affordable as we are committed to providing a Stevens education to as many qualified students as possible. Raising tuition to cover all costs would make an independent school education out of reach for all but the wealthiest families.

Why is participation in the Annual Fund so important?

Stevens Cooperative School relies on your gifts to meet its annual operating expenses, to continue its tradition of offering an exceptional education through progressive practices, and to provide opportunities to qualified students through its financial aid program. High participation rates also provides increased opportunities for Stevens to apply for additional private and state grants, magnifying the impact of each gift made!

Where do I get started?

Make a gift today in support of the Annual Fund! The Advancement Team is always here to help and answer any specific questions you might have!

Francesca Lanning, Director of Advancement: francesca@stevenscoop.org

Kaitlyn Woodward, Director of Annual Giving and Special Events: kaitlynw@stevenscoop.org


How do I make a gift?

You can make a gift online here. We can also accept cash, personal or business checks made payable to Stevens Cooperative School and sent to:

Attn: Advancement Office 100 River Street South, Jersey City, NJ 07310.

Checks can also be dropped off at any of the school’s facilities. You can, of course, also contact our Advancement Office at any time by emailing francesca@stevenscoop.org or kaitlynw@stevenscoop.org to make a credit card payment.

Is my contribution tax deductible?

Yes. Stevens is a non-profit institution, and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.

Does the donation qualify for my company’s matching gift or volunteer program?

Yes. As an accredited elementary school, and a registered 501(c)3 institution, the school qualifies for most matching gift programs, including those offered through the United Way and many employers. If you are not sure if your company offers a match, please visit the ‘Matching Gifts’ tab to search for your company.

Does supporting an event count towards the Annual Fund?

Our Annual events, such as the Auction and 5k, are a great opportunity to go above and beyond in supporting Stevens! While contributions to these events do not count toward participation in the Annual Fund, they help support the development of new programs for the school and expand our opportunities beyond the operating budget.

Do donors receive public acknowledgement of their gifts?

Yes, names of donors are listed in our school’s annual report. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the Advancement Office.

How do I know if I already gave?

After you make a gift you will receive a ‘Thank You’ note mailed to your home with tax information. If you make your gift online, you will also receive an automatic receipt acknowledging your gift! If you are a current Stevens families, you can log-into your ‘Family Portal’ and in Family Forms see a record of your giving this school year. Otherwise, please contact the Advancement Office by emailing francesca@stevenscoop.org or kaitlynw@stevenscoop.org and they will be happy to assist!