Common Fundraising Questions

Tuition at CCC is already high — why do you ask for donations?

Tuition at CCC is not cheap. The same things that make the CCC experience so special for our children – two lead teachers in each classroom, lovely outdoor play spaces, special programs – are also expensive. So, given that tuition is at the level that it is, why does CCC ask families for Annual Appeal donations on top of this? Believe it or not, even though tuition is high, it covers only about 90 percent of the cost to educate each child. The remainder―approximately $1,000 per student―comes from the Annual Appeal, the auction, grants, and other fundraisers.

What is the CCC Annual Appeal?

The CCC Annual Appeal is a yearlong (July 1-June 30) fundraising effort to support the school’s annual operating budget. Donations benefit areas throughout the school, including tuition assistance, competitive salaries and professional development for CCC teachers, and capital improvements and maintenance at all sites.

How much should we give?

We hope to have as many families as possible support the Annual Appeal, and donations of any size support this goal. Gifts of all amounts are important and appreciated. We hope that our families will make CCC one of their highest philanthropic priorities while their children are here.

When is the best time to donate to the Annual Appeal?

Support of the Annual Appeal is important and appreciated at any time; however, donating in the fall allows CCC students to benefit from your generosity for the entire academic year. Furthermore, a strong Annual Appeal early in the fiscal year (July 1–June 30) is crucial as it provides a gauge by which to plan for the end of the year.

We donated last year. Why make a donation this year?

Annual Appeal donations are received and spent in the current fiscal year, so CCC community members are asked to renew this support each year.

This is our family’s last year at CCC. Why should we donate?

Annual Appeal donations are put to work immediately in the school to benefit current students. Furthermore, many CCC families recognize that their children are benefiting from the generosity of families who have donated in the past—the Annual Appeal provides them with the opportunity to keep this cycle going. Departing families have the possibility to donate their $400 enrollment deposit to CCC—visit our online pledge form if this is of interest to you.

Will I receive more than one Annual Appeal request?

Families who make a donation before April receive only one request. The spring appeal letter is sent as a reminder to those who have not made a donation by that time.

Does CCC accept matching gifts?

Yes, and we are grateful to the employers of our families who support CCC. Please contact your employer’s human resources department or CCC Alumni Affairs and Development Coordinator Jennifer Saxe for information on matching gifts.