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TMS Fund FAQ

What is the TMSfund?

The TMSfund is our annual giving campaign and the cornerstone of all our fundraising efforts. It plays a critical role in helping us expand and enhance the educational experience of our current and future students, from continuous program and facilities enhancements and ongoing professional support for our faculty and staff, to expanded financial aid resources for current and future families.


What is our TMSfund Goal this year?

Our TMSfund goal for this year is $75,000 with 100% participation from our Board, faculty/staff and current families.

Along with supporting professional development and financial aid opportunities, we have set the following priorities for enhancing our facilities and programs.

  • Installing an expanded outdoor amphitheater for our whole community
  • Upgrading technology resources for faculty and the elementary program
  • Renovating our entrance sign to represent our rich history and strong future

Why does the school ask for contributions when we already pay for tuition?

Annual funds are common practice among independent schools. The TMSfund is used to support the school’s continual pursuit of improved excellence. The TMSfund provides for opportunities beyond the basic operating expenses (salaries, benefits, utilities, maintenance, etc.) already covered by tuition. Covered by our TMSfund include those items that help make a TMS education the best it can be, from facilities improvements and technology enhancements to ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.


Why is 100% participation from parents, trustees and faculty and staff so important?

The TMSfund is most powerful when each family, teacher, administrator and trustee contributes. As TMS begins to seek more charitable donations from foundations and corporations, 100% participation is critical. These potential donors will only consider giving their support with this strongest sign of commitment from those who know us best.


Our Goal is big; do smaller gifts really make a difference?

Yes! Every gift is important and valued. Just three gifts of $200 put a new iPad in the hands of a teacher. $1,000 sends a teacher to a national conference and $1,500 helps make our amphitheater a reality or may make a TMS education possible for another child.

If you are considering a one-time donation, please consider a monthly gift through automatic bank draft, easy to set up and easy to make the meaningful gift you want. Consider the impact if every family who gave $100 in the past would consider a $30 monthly donation. Wow!


How much should I give?

Being a part of the TMS community adds significant value to the lives of our children and families. We encourage you to give in an amount that is meaningful for your family. Whether your gift is $50 or $5,000, a message of 100% participation speaks. Ultimately, it is not how much you give but that you give.


Can I choose a preference for where the school uses my gift?

Yes. If you have a preference you may indicate one of the following “buckets.”

  • The Big Bucket (Offers TMS the most flexibility to meet needs)
  • Financial Aid Bucket (Supporting financial aid opportunities for families)
  • Professional Excellence Bucket (Supporting professional development of our faculty and staff)
  • Facilities & Programs Bucket (Supporting enhancements to our land, facilities and programs)

How will my gift be recognized?

All contributors will be recognized in the annual report, unless you request to remain anonymous. Gift amounts are not listed. In honor of our founding year of 1973, all gifts of $1,973 and greater are recognized as leadership gifts.


Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes. TMS is a non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible.


Does TMS accept matching employer gifts?

YES! Matching gifts are simple ways to double the impact of your gift. Please submit matching gift forms from your employer to our Business Office.

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