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Frequently Asked Questions

These are answers to questions we are commonly asked about the MIR Fund.

What is the MIR Fund?

The MIR Fund is an unrestricted giving fund that is used to support facilities improvements, faculty professional development, and MIR’s financial aid program.

WHAT IS THE “DONE IN 31” GIVING CAMPAIGN?

Each year we try to achieve 100% community participation (Board, staff, and families) in the MIR Fund. “Done in 31” is a campaign to get as close to this goal as possible each October to reduce the number of fundraising appeals sent throughout the year.

WHY IS 100% PARTICIPATION IMPORTANT?

MIR pursues additional outside funding to support its initiatives. Organizations awarding grants look at MIR Fund participation as an indicator of the school's strength and long-term viability. High participation significantly helps our success in getting grants.

MIR has achieved 100% or very close to 100% participation since 2012-13. This has helped us secure grants totaling $170,000 for facilities and program improvements, such as building the Student Services Center and investing in adaptive technology for students receiving services.

If you have multiple children enrolled at MIR, only one donation is needed for the whole family to count toward 100%.

I ALREADY PAY TUITION. WHY DO YOU DO FUNDRAISING?

Tuition covers the cost of your child’s education. Donations allow us to fund important projects that enhance your child’s experience at MIR. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, MIR has significantly expanded and transformed every class outdoor area to provide plenty of space for outdoor learning.

In other words, fundraising makes the difference between a good school and a great school.

Asking for voluntary donations lets people give according to their ability, and donations may be tax-deductible.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE MIR FUND DONATIONS?

The Fund pays for

  • Professional development for faculty and staff. The MIR Fund helps pay for the continued training and development of teachers, assistants, support staff, all of whom have a direct impact on your child’s education and well-being.
  • Campus and classroom improvements. MIR is constantly improving the campus and classroom to provide a safer and better educational experience for all students. 
  • Tuition assistance for families facing unexpected financial challenges. This allows students to remain at the school they love with their friends rather than facing the disruption of changing schools.
HOW DOES MY CHILD BENEFIT DIRECTLY FROM THE MIR FUND?

Your child benefits from

  • Well-prepared, highly qualified faculty and staff.
  • The best learning environment we can provide, indoors and out.
  • The security of knowing the school offers financial assistance if you have an unexpected need. (Please note, there is a qualification process for financial aid.)
AM I REQUIRED TO DONATE?

No. Your donation is a greatly appreciated voluntary gift.

HOW DO I DONATE?

Donate online using our donation form. Please do not make a donation through TADS. All payments made through TADS are processed as tuition payments.

WHAT IF I AM NOT ABLE TO DONATE DURING DONE IN 31?

 

You may donate at any time during the school year using the donation form. All donations for the 2021-22 MIR Annual Fund must be made by June 30, 2022.

WHAT ABOUT IN-KIND GIFTS INSTEAD OF MONETARY DONATIONS?

The MIR Fund is used for current year expenditures and for that reason we ask that you consider unrestricted gifts of cash or securities. Monetary donations also strengthen our efforts in seeking funding from outside sources.

HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU TRYING TO RAISE?

Our goal is to raise $75,000 during the 2021-22 school year.

WHO DETERMINES HOW THE MONEY IS USED?

MIR is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees. Each year the Head of School and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) work with the Finance Committee to prepare an annual budget for the Board of Trustees to review and approve. The Finance Committee works with the CFO throughout the year to ensure that income and expenses are keeping within the approved budget. Contact the office for more details.

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Each family’s financial situation is different. Please work with a qualified tax professional to determine the extent to which you may deduct your donation.