What is the Mount Vernon Fund?
The MV Fund is the School’s primary fundraising initiative, supporting our 2020-21 operating budget and is of particular importance during a pandemic with the additional COVID expenses. Gifts to the MV Fund close the gap between the necessities funded by tuition and the extra resources that are essential to the Mount Vernon experience. The 2020-21 MV Fund supports:
- Strategic investments to protect and promote the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students, and families.
- Resources for our faculty to be agile and impactful in a dynamic learning environment.
- Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action (IDEA) within our community.
- Supporting our Athletic teams and Arts programs as they reimagine their unique school experience and adhere to stringent safety protocols.
Are my gifts tax- deductible?
Yes, they are – 100%. The new CARES Act allows those who don't itemize deductions to reduce their taxable income for charitable contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $300 (individual) or $600 (joint filers). If you have not already met the threshold, this is an easy way to support Mount Vernon while receiving a valuable tax benefit. Qualifying donations must, however, be made before December 31.
How do I donate?
Gifts can be made securely online by credit card. You may also elect to set up monthly withdrawals from your credit or debit card.
Please remit checks, payable to The Mount Vernon School:
Community Development Office
Attn: Elizabeth Werdesheim
Mount Vernon School
510 Mount Vernon Highway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
**Please denote “2020-21 MV Fund” on check.
For questions regarding Giving at Mount Vernon, please contact Director of Community Giving, Elizabeth Werdesheim, at firstname.lastname@example.org
What about matching gifts?
Some corporations match the gifts their employees contribute to nonprofit organizations. Many families in our School are able to double or triple their personal contributions through their employer’s matching-gifts program. Does your company participate in a matching gift program? Please also check with your employer to see about the availability of matching funds.
Why is participation important?
The School’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of the School family. What’s more, when we ask foundations and corporations for support, we are often asked to share our participation rate in our annual-giving campaign. The higher the participation rate—regardless of gift size—the more credibility we have in presenting a Mount Vernon community that buys in wholeheartedly to our mission.
How much should I give?
The most important thing is that you participate. Giving is highly personal and you are the only one who knows how much you are able to give. We ask only that you consider Mount Vernon as one of your philanthropic priorities.
Can I donate stock to the Mount Vernon Fund?
Yes. This is a great way to make a gift to the School. Giving appreciated securities provides you with a tax deduction for the appreciated value of the stock without incurring capital-gains tax.