Without financial aid, my daughter could not have attended Burgundy. I was a single mom and on a very tight budget, so when I was asked to give to Annual Giving, at first I just thought, "they can't mean me!"
Then the parent who was asking for donations in my class explained that there is no minimum gift for Annual Giving. She said that it is important for everyone to participate with a gift of whatever amount is possible for them. Having everyone participate, even with a small gift, helps build a sense of community. And that is something that's important to me.
Once I realized that I could give a small gift, it was an easy decision to chip in. Helping the school to reach its participation goal was something I could do!