Tuition and other fees cover about 80 percent of the annual operating expenses of our school, and the purpose of giving is to help bridge this 20 percent gap. Swallowtail offers tuition assistance to families who would not otherwise be able to give their children this wonderful educational experience. Thanks to the support of our families, alumni, and community members, like you, we can continue to offer this enriching education to children

We operate without financial support from federal or state government agencies, and are self-governed. Unlike public schools, which are funded by tax dollars, independent schools rely solely upon tuition revenues and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses.

Your support enables us to continue to provide children with a creative and holistic Waldorf education.

Annual Giving

Annual Giving is a vital part of our annual operating budget. Each year we invite our families, staff, alumni, and others to make tax-deductible donations through Annual Giving to help support Swallowtail School's day-to-day expenses.

Annual Giving helps close the gap between tuition and the actual costs of a Waldorf education. Annual Giving proceeds allow us to keep tuition increases to a minimum. In addition, these gifts make it possible to offer a generous tuition adjustment program, which in turn makes it possible for children to attend who otherwise could not.

Parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and other friends of the School are asked to participate in Annual Giving and together bridge the gap between tuition and actual costs. We understand that each family has a different gift capacity - some giving more or less than others. Please join in with a gift that is personally significant for you and your family.


Spring Fling Benefit Auction & Golf

The Spring Fling Benefit Auction and Golf Tournament is one of the school's primary fundraising initiatives. Just as impor¬tantly, it is a great community-builder as well. Funds raised help support faculty salaries and professional development, our Accessible To All tuition adjustment program, and build our emergency reserves, all of which contribute to the vitality of Swallowtail School. We hope that you will choose to participate in and support the Spring Fling Benefit by attending the event, recruiting a golf team, donating items for the live and silent auctions, volunteering on the committee, or becoming a sponsor.


Capital Campaign

The Swallowtail School Community is seeking partners to develop our 26-acre parcel of farmland on the border of Hillsboro and rural Washington County into a campus for school and community use — a beautiful setting blending rural beauty with urban accessibility and amenities. The envisioned campus will be dedicated to furthering the core values embodied in a Waldorf education: integration of critical thinking, creativity, the natural world, social responsibility and spiritual growth. Our unique design showcases the capacity of human beings to engage responsibly and creatively with the natural environment.

Our Capital Campaign will set the future course of Swallowtail School by raising $4.2 million to build Phase One of our new school at our 26-acre farm campus in northwest Hillsboro. Everyone has a part to play in making our new school a reality. In this campaign, pledges will be solicited over the next year with contributions being made over a three to five year span.



Why Is Participation in Giving Important?

The school's financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of its constituency. Your participation generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting the school, and it is a key indicator to foundation and corporate donors that we have consistent support from those we serve, both past and present. Our goal is to have 100 percent participation from our current families and staff each year.

Do Corporations and Foundations Support Giving?

Corporations typically contribute to independent schools by offering matching gifts to their employees' contributions. Several families in our school are able to double their personal contributions through their employer's matching gift programs. Please check with your employer to see if such a program is in place where you work. Foundations generally are much more interested in specific projects that are within their funding guidelines and advance their specific areas of interest.

Why doesn't Swallowtail Raise Tuition to Cover Operating Costs?

If tuition was increased to cover the actual cost of all programs, many families could not afford to send their children to Swallowtail. Our commitment to remaining accessible to our families leads us to seek different ways of funding our operations so that tuition does not bear the whole burden.

Can I Donate Stock?

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.


For information about the fundraising programs at Swallowtail, please contact the Development Coordinator at