To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being:
to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.
— Rudolf Steiner

Please make a contribution to WSMC’s Annual Giving campaign by sending a check to our mailing address or clicking a button below. Thank you for your support and generosity!

The Waldorf School of Mendocino County
PO Box 349
Calpella, CA 95418


Students Are a Gift to the World

Students at WSMC may live in the county seat, small rural towns, or farther out, in the hills surrounding them. Yet during the day, in class, they inhabit the whole world: studying and experiencing ancient cultures, natural sciences - geology, botany, astronomy - world history and geography, Spanish, music, art, mathematics, chemistry, physics, movement. At the end of the day, the air is filled with chatter reflecting what they’ve learned. At WSMC, students are receiving an education that prepares them to be responsible and engaged citizens of the world.

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In modern times, when it can seem as though problems outpace solutions, the hope and belonging that are engendered by teachers at WSMC can be essential for children growing up, giving them a home in themselves and in the wide world that they will inherit.

Why Make a Gift?

Why does WSMC ask for an Annual Giving gift in addition to tuition?

Tuition and other income cover about 85% of the annual operating expenses of the school. The purpose of Annual Giving is to bridge the 15% gap remaining. We design our programs and curriculum, operate without financial support from federal or state agencies, and are self-governing. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely on tuition revenues and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses. Gifts to Annual Giving are tax deductible.

Why don’t you raise tuition?

We value diversity at our school (economic and otherwise), so we keep tuition within reach of as many families as possible. We also provide a tuition adjustment program to assist those with demonstrated financial need.

How much am I expected to give?

We simply ask that WSMC becomes a top philanthropic priority for each family in our community. All families, regardless of tuition assistance they receive, are asked to give an amount that is meaningful to them. Year after year, gifts range from under $100 to over $1000. Whenever possible, we suggest a donation of 5 - 10% of your annual tuition. This amount shares gifts equally amongst families in filling our monetary need. Each and every gift, no matter the size, is valued and contributes equally toward the goal of 100% participation.


Donated funds really do matter! When you give, we have funds for the following:

  • Teacher salaries (2018/19): $491,000

  • Financial Aid awards (2018/19): $41,000

  • Renovation of 100-year-old bathrooms (2016): $25,000

  • Replacement of 40-year-old student chairs (2018): $8,000

  • An office that accommodates all our staff (2016): $5,000

What’s next?

In addition to our ongoing operation costs, in the next year WSMC anticipates these needs:

  • Repair the floor and replace the carpet in our Rosebud Preschool classroom - $10,000

  • Repair the rot and re-plaster the original building on this property which is now WSMC's Kindergarten - $13,000

  • Build a new retaining wall - $10,000


You Are the Gift

As you can see from the brief financials included here, there is an ongoing need for income beyond tuition. We depend on Annual Giving and our other fundraisers to maintain our buildings and campus infrastructure and to pay our dedicated employees decent salaries. Please give as generously as you can to help us meet our Annual Giving goal of $25,000. Please amplify your own giving by sharing our request with your circle of friends and family. We pledge to use your donation wisely and well.