Giving Opportunities

Why your gifts are so important

Madison Community Montessori School is made up of a community of individuals who support the school in many ways. This commitment is a tradition at MCMS that enables the school to enhance existing programs and realize its mission. The philanthropic tradition of giving to non-profit organizations is very much alive at MCMS.

Like all independent schools, MCMS depends on the generosity of current families, alumni and friends to accomplish its visionary goals while keeping tuition costs as low as possible. The high standards we have come to expect at MCMS can only be maintained through the active support of its community.

To learn more about any of these fundraising activities, please contact our Director of Advancement, Courtney Dalton.

Annual Fund

The Madison Community Montessori Annual Fund is the school’s primary fundraising vehicle, which provides direct funding for the enhanced and unique education initiatives that tuition alone does not cover. MCMS deliberately sets tuition below full cost in order to keep the school more affordable to a wider range of students. This allows us to maintain a culturally and socioeconomically diverse community. It also provides an opportunity for parents to make tax-deductible donations, whereas tuition is not tax deductible.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted and allow us to strive for excellence in a variety of capacities. Families are asked to make the Annual Fund a giving priority. If every family gives every year, we can continue to enrich every child.

Contributions to the Annual Fund touch every part of the school – from playground balls to new computers, from books to special Montessori materials for the classrooms, from Parent Information & Engagement (PIE) events to professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff, from field trips to props for classroom performances.

Matching Gifts

This is an opportunity to have your employer match your gift to MCMS.  Please check with your employer to determine if they offer this program.

MCMS Endowment

The MCMS Endowment was established in 2008 with donations made by friends and families of MCMS. Guided by the mission of MCMS, the Endowment will support the following activities:

  • Financial aid
  • Capital funds or other major initiatives
  • Community outreach

The first fund of the MCMS Endowment, the Dorothy Zografi Scholarship Fund, was created by the MCMS Board of Trustees in honor of Head of School Emeritus, Dorothy Zografi.​ Donating to the MCMS Endowment will ensure that your donation continues in perpetuity to support MCMS.


While most support comes in the form of check or in-kind gifts, many have become creative in their giving by using stocks and bonds. Making a planned gift may be as simple as remembering MCMS in your will or naming the school as a beneficiary of an insurance policy.