Since 2013 Mountain Sage Community School has been providing children a tuition-free Waldorf-inspired arts-integrated education unlike any other K-8 experience in the Fort Collins area. As a public charter school we receive little public funding for major expenses such as land and facilities, which are key to the success of our program. Your gift, no matter the size, serves as an example of generosity, fosters a community of giving, and helps ensure the future of our school.
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Help our children explore the world! Support this year's campaign to purchase a small fleet of minibuses! This will greatly increase our ability to extend the educational experience beyond the walls of Mountain Sage by making it easier to conduct field trips into our community. Inspiring wonder about the world often means getting out into it, and new transportation will help our students to get out and explore new destinations.
Why does the school need independent transit now? Exploratory learning is at the core of the Mountain Sage mission. As we enter our seventh year of operation we are looking to the future and how we can expand these opportunities for our children. To date, we have made do with what is available through the school district, but that has comes with many compromises. District buses are only available for a limited amount of time during the day (typically 9:30am-1:30pm). With your help, we can expand these learning opportunities and capitalize on the learning opportunities that come with living in such an amazing area.
How will this benefit my child and/or family? This initiative will benefit students in grades 1 through 8. Teachers will have more freedom to coordinate field trips with greater ease. Parents will see additional opportunities presented to classes.
What is the overall fundraising goal? We have a BIG goal, which we can absolutely meet with your help! The Mountain Sage community is working to raise $50,000 to aid in the purchase four 14-passenger minibuses. We have done our research and believe that if each family can pledge a monthly donation of $10/$25/$50 we can reach this goal.
Is $50,000 enough to purchase four minibuses? No, it isn't. That's why we have multiple avenues we're exploring, with auto dealer donations, corporate and local business sponsors, and grants chief among them. All the money generated from the Mountain Sage Scrip Program and other school-wide fundraisers this year will support Destination Exploration. A $50,000 collective contribution from the parent community will be an essential piece of the puzzle!
Why can’t the school use state-available funds? As a charter school we have additional costs that other school district schools don’t, such as our building lease. On average we spend $350,000 of our annual budget on facilities expenses. Yes, that’s a lot of money! Which is why your support is so critical!
What will happen to the funds if we don’t meet our goal? We are committed to purchasing transportation to support exploratory learning for our children. If we don’t reach our goal this year, we will continue our fundraising efforts until we do.
When will the minibuses be purchased and available for students? With your help, we hope to have minibuses purchased in the summer of 2020.
How will the school ensure students will be safe on the minibuses? Who will be driving the minibuses? Safety has and will always be our first priority. Research shows that 14-passenger minibuses provide the safest mode of transportation and do not require a commercial driver’s license. All drivers will be required to pass a comprehensive driving record check and will receive training on minibus driving safety.
Wasn't this a van fundraiser? What changed? Yes, originally we thought that 12-passenger vans were the safest and best option. New information from the Colorado Department of Education has come to light and we are now required to purchase 14-passenger minibuses. We are still pursuing four vehicles and they do not require a commercial driver's license; they only aspect that has changed is the shift from vans to minibuses.
Do I have to make a monthly contribution and can I write check? We welcome all donations! This includes one-time contributions and both checks and cash. To make a one-time contribution on the website, simply click the "Today" option. To make a contribution with check or cash, please stop in the front office and let the receptionist know what the contribution is for. We will be sure to include your donation in the Destination Exploration total pledged.
Is my donation tax-deductible? Yes, as a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, your donation will be tax-deductible. Donations made through our online portal will receive an on-screen acknowledgment. A copy of that letter will also be emailed to you.
Why is the donation tracker on the school's website different than the one on the MS Gives page? The tracker on the school's website shows the anticipated entire amount pledged by monthly donors, as well as one-time donors and other parent contributions through scrip, employer matching, and additional fundraisers. The tracker on the Mountain Sage Gives page (where the Donate Now button leads) takes into account only donations that have been made and processed through that site. This means out of a 12 month donation, only the months that have passed will be reflected.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions? Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ways to Give
Mountain Sage Gives Direct donations are always accepted, and as a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit your donations are tax-deductible. Participate at any time, or as part of Colorado Gives Day on December 10, 2019. Here are two ways to make your donation, today!
Click hereto make a online donation to the school through ColoradoGives.org
Mail or deliver a check to: Mountain Sage Community School, 2310 E. Prospect Rd. Suite A, Fort Collins, CO, 80525
Vehicles for Charity Turn your old car, no matter how run down, into cash for the school. Click this linkto fill out the form and get the process started.
Scrip Raise money for our school by participating in our Mountain Sage scrip program at no additional cost to you. Simply purchase Sprouts or Natural Grocers cards from our Mountain Sage receptionist. A percentage of the amount you spend goes to Mountain Sage. This program is eligible for family benefits under our Mountain Sage Scrip program. Click here for details. King Soopers Community Rewards One of the easiest ways for you, friends, and family to raise money for the school, and it costs nothing! King Soopers Community Rewards Program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on shopping you do every day. Once you link your King Soopers savings card to Mountain Sage Community School, simply swipe your SooperCard (or enter Alt ID) when shopping and help our school raise money. This program is eligible for family benefits under our Mountain Sage Scrip program. Click here for details.
Caps 4 Cash The charitable giving program through locally owned and operated Morning Fresh Dairy, families can collect the cleaned caps from their milk bottles and bring them to school. Put them in the basket in the school lobby. We get 5 cents for every cap!
Online Shopping that Gives Back When shopping at the following sites, simply enter Mountain Sage Community School as the donation recipient, and our school will automatically get donation!
Amazon Smile - Use this for all your Amazon shopping needs. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of any purchase made through smile.amazon.com to the charity of your choice. Be sure to select Mountain Sage Community School as your charitable organization.
Have an idea for a fundraiser? Our fundraising committee looks forward to hearing your idea. Please use the button below to submit your request for review.
If you would like to give in some other way to Mountain Sage, get more directly involved in fundraising, or have other questions please contact the Mountain Sage Fundraising Committee at email@example.com.