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News about ways to support Burgundy. If you have questions about supporting Burgundy through volunteering or making a gift, please contact Michele McCabe.

2018 Auction Fun Continues

Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Officially, Burgundy's very successful auction was just one night in March, but the experiences offered as auction items have kept the fun going during the spring and summer! Several students and families have recently benefited from auction parties and events.

There were pool parties where students splashed into summer, a fairy wand-making party to bring a little magic to the end of the year, and handprint parties where JK students left their mark on the Norton House wall. Children and parents dove into the world of Minecraft with a lesson and lunch in the makerspace in The Logan Loft in two sessions in June, and in May a group of adults enjoyed a Jeffersonian-style dinner party with fine dining and meaningful discussion around the table.

We know there’s lots more fun to come from the auction — coordinator Allison Niedbala welcomes photos at allisonn@burgundyfarm.org.

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Thank You: 2017-2018 Annual Giving

Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who made a donation to Burgundy's Annual Giving Fund for 2017-2018! This year we saw significant increases in two key areas: parent participation and overall giving. For the parents, there was a 30% increase in participation, which is a fantastic achievement. Overall, the Annual Giving Fund saw an increase of 15% in dollars raised, which is another cause for great celebration!

We want to thank all of the volunteers who dedicated themselves to ensure the success of this critical effort, especially class agents and our Annual Giving chairs Mike and Anita Hill. We could not have done it without you!

The Annual Giving Fund starts again with each fiscal year, which is July 1 to June 30 at Burgundy. Help us start the 2018-2019 giving year strong by reviewing ways to give or making a one-time or recurring gift today. Annual Giving contributes a significant portion of our operating revenue. Your contribution helps ensure we preserve the richness of our diverse and exciting programs!

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Volunteer Chairs Returning for Burgundy Events

Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that both the Fall Fair and Burgundy Auction will be chaired by returning volunteers in the 2018-2019 school year! Alex Rutherford and Darcy Katzin return to chair the Fall Fair on Saturday, October 13, 2018, while Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson will helm the auction on Saturday, March 2, 2019. We appreciate having an extended commitment from both of these sets of co-chairs.

Please keep in mind that we’re collecting supplies for Kids’ Closet, Used Books, and Games at the Fall Fair. And we’re always looking for new auction offerings — contact Allison Niedbala at allisonn@burgundyfarm.org if you’d like to discuss an idea for donating an item or experience.

Fall Fair 2017

 

Auction 2018

 

 

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Shop with a Smile on Prime Day

Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Prime Day

Amazon shoppers, you may know that Prime Day is coming up July 16-17. Share a smile — and a percentage of your purchase — by shopping at Amazon Smile! Visit Smile.Amazon.com, where you will be prompted to choose a charitable organization you'd like to support. Type "Burgundy" into the search tool, select our school, and Burgundy will receive 0.5% of the purchase price of your eligible purchases. These dollars add up, and last year Smile shoppers earned approximately $675 for Burgundy’s Annual Giving fund. Thank you!

Please note that only purchases made after logging on from Smile.Amazon.com (not Amazon.com) qualify. Be sure to designate Burgundy before any big shopping sprees on Prime Day!

Don’t forget about the other affinity programs Burgundy has with local and national retailers. Sign up your grocery loyalty card (Giant and Harris Teeter) to benefit Burgundy and look for Box Tops on the products you buy. If you shop at Pottery Barn you can give to Burgundy through their affinity program. For more details, visit the Ways to Give page and click the Affinity Programs tab. We appreciate the community's support in these supplemental fundraising opportunities.

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Auction Update: 2018 Numbers

Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Burgundy Soars

We are delighted to announce that this year's auction grossed $143,045 (unaudited). The net proceeds of $121,174 will go directly to student financial aid at Burgundy and help maintain the diversity that benefits all members of the Burgundy community. Thank you to our wonderful auction co-chairs Jane Hyatt Thorpe and Betsy Erickson and to all of the students, parents and friends, faculty and staff, as well as members of the business community, who helped to make our 2018 auction a success.

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Jostens School Store Closing Soon

Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Jostens merchandise
Merchandise on Burgundy's Jostens school store is customizable, and print on demand.

For the last several months, we have partnered with Jostens to provide an online school store. We are sorry to announce that due to customer service concerns, we plan to end our contract with Jostens early. If you’d like to make any final online purchases, please do so by Friday, June 8. Don’t forget that merchandise is also available at Norton House, including clothing (limited sizes available) and lots of Burgundy gear like folding outdoor chairs, umbrellas, water bottles, hats, and more!

The Advancement office will explore other options over the summer in hopes of establishing a new partnership by the fall.

Shop Online

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Annual Giving's June 30 Deadline Approaching!

Date: 
Friday, June 1, 2018

Annual Giving

Burgundy’s current fiscal year ends June 30. Please make a gift to the Annual Giving Fund or fulfill your pledge by this date. Annual Giving provides critical support to Burgundy's operating budget for the fiscal year, contributing to the budget for professional development, program and instruction, and financial aid. Donations make a difference for every single student and family at Burgundy. Show your support for our community with a gift today!

Give Now!

Questions about giving? Please contact Michele McCabe, Advancement and Annual Giving Coordinator, at michelem@burgundyfarm.org.

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Annual Giving Update: Let's Be ALL IN for Burgundy!

Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018

Annual Giving ​and fundraising at independent schools including Burgundy​ comprise a vital part of schools' annual operational budgets​. At Burgundy, Annual Giving provides critical monies t​hat directly impact our children's experience, from professional development opportunities for ​teachers ​to the financial aid ​that supports 25% of our student population​!

According to data from the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, ​the average current parent participation rate in annual giving for area independent schools​ is 73.8%. Right now, we’re at 55%​​ — and we know we have more gifts coming​! As a school community we pride ourselves on being ​so much more than average, so we hope to reach — or even exceed! — this area average. Can we get to 75% participation as a whole? Can your class reach 100% participation? It is within reach! We’ve seen 90% participation in the past.

We hope you will join other families and be ALL IN! ​Remember: all gifts, no matter the size, count toward participation for each of your children’s classes and for our overall participation goal. Now is the time to give, before our fiscal year ends June 30.

Our budgeted financial goal for this year is $250,000. To date, we've raised $178,000 toward this goal. Right now 55% of current families are participating with a gift or pledge to Annual Giving. Specific class participation rates are detailed in the chart below. With 100% parent participation, we’re optimistic that we could eclipse our budgeted goal!

AG Class Participation

*8th grade is also fundraising for their Class of 2018 legacy gift to Burgundy.

Help us be above average for current parent participation for Annual Giving. It's all about ​demonstrating that year-in and year-out, we believe in what Burgundy is and stands for. Annual giving support says “This is our school, we believe in it, and we want it to thrive!” Every gift counts. YOUR gift counts! Thank you!

Give Now!

Questions about giving? Please contact Michele McCabe, Advancement and Annual Giving Coordinator, at michelem@burgundyfarm.org.

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Planning for the 2018 Fall Fair

Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018
Fall Fair 2017
Fun at the 2017 Fall Fair. More photos on Facebook!

Believe it or not, we’re already beginning to prepare for the Fall Fair! We’re looking forward to it, and we know you are too. Please save the date: Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

We’re pleased to share a defining statement for the Fall Fair:

Burgundy's annual Fall Fair is always a fun day for our community! Fair proceeds support financial aid, but the event's main purpose is as a "friendraiser," not a fundraiser. The Fall Fair is a homecoming event for our alumni and their families, a casual way for neighbors and prospective families to get to know Burgundy, and a celebration of community with current families and friends!

Stuffed animals
We're collecting gently used or new
stuffed animals for a new game this fall.

Do you have plans to clean out closets or straighten up bookshelves over the summer? Start saving supplies for Kids' Closet, Used Books and Games at the Fall Fair! Collection will begin in the fall. Limited storage is available in the basement of the Advancement Office at Norton House (5622 Norton Road).

Here's what we are looking for:

  • Kids' Closet: gently used kids' clothes and toys. (We cannot accept electronics, car seats, helmets, pajamas, bathing suits or underwear.)
  • Used Books: children's books of all types; adult fiction, and adult non-fiction in these categories: cookbooks, travel (2010 to now), art/coffee table books, self-help/parenting. Media, including CDs of audible books or music, and family friendly DVDs. (We cannot accept VHS and cassette tapes, encyclopedias, textbooks and damaged books.)
  • Games: gently used/new stuffed animals for a new game.

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Annual Giving Supports Cove Trips

Date: 
Friday, May 18, 2018
Cove bridge
Buckeyes working together on an assignment at the Cove. Photo by Joanne Petty.

This is the time of the year when classes make their spring journey to the Cove. This experience is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the natural world — in our own outdoor laboratory!

Annual Giving helps to support the wealth of opportunities our curriculum offers students at the Cove. Funding helps to maintain Cove facilities and more. The bus that gets students and chaperones to and from Burgundy is an important part of the experience and it too is funded by donations to Annual Giving.

If you've already made an Annual Giving donation, thank you! If you have not made a gift or would like to make an additional gift, please consider doing so today to support Cove trips,  professional development, classroom budgets, and so much more! All gifts, no matter the size, help us to reach our goal and are greatly appreciated.

Give Now!

Questions about giving? Please contact Michele McCabe, Advancement and Annual Giving Coordinator, at michelem@burgundyfarm.org.

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