What is the MMS Fund?

Independent schools depend on philanthropic gifts to expand and enhance the programs that are offered by their schools. Milwaukee Montessori School uses an annual giving campaign – The MMS Fund – to help expand the athletics, technology, green initiatives and fine arts programs, enhance faculty professional development opportunities, increase our needs-based tuition assistance program, and provide unrestricted income to help augment all school programming.

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 When will I be contacted about the MMS Fund?

The MMS Fund kicks off shortly after the beginning of the school year with a letter and a pledge card from your Annual Fund Chair. Your pledge card will allow you and your family to discuss a gift that will be meaningful for your family. The public phase of the campaign ends after the holiday concerts and all pledge payments are due by June 30th at the close of the fiscal year.

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 Why does the school ask for a contribution in addition to my tuition payment?

An independent school education is an investment and an opportunity to be fully involved in your student’s campus experience. Although tuition is not tax-deductible, contributions to the MMS Fund may be deducted from your taxes. Additionally, the MMS Fund allows you to allocate your dollars towards the fund that means the most to you and your family. All donations directly make a difference in the lives of the children who attend MMS.

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 How much money am I expected to give?

The size of gifts to the MMS Fund vary, but all gifts are important! We hope that each family will give according to their means and we hope that every family will find a way to help. All families, regardless of any financial assistance they may receive, will be asked to donate to the MMS Fund. Many MMS parents have stepped forward with a gift at the leadership level of $1,000. Each contribution makes a difference in the life of the School and the quality of the education that your child receives.

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 Who is expected to give?

We hope that all of our Milwaukee Montessori School community: trustees, current and former parents, alumni, faculty, and grandparents donate to the MMS Fund. Last year, 100% of our faculty and trustees gave a gift to the MMS Fund. Additionally, 95% of our parent body generously gave a donation to the campaign; this is 25% higher than the national average of 70% participation in the Annual Fund at other independent schools (NAIS 2013).

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 Why is participating important?

High levels of participation clearly show School leadership and the surrounding community that parents are willing to invest in their children’s future and support the School’s mission. It signals that our community has confidence in the mission of the school and in our strategic plan. It also demonstrates to foundations that our community is strong, united, and worthy of outside support.

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 Does MMS accept matching gifts from companies?

Many companies, including General Electric (GE), Northwestern Mutual, WE Energies, Harley-Davidson, and Merck & Co., Inc., have matching gift programs for their employees. Please contact the Development Office if you believe your company offers a matching gift program. We are eager to increase our annual support by participating in as many matching gift opportunities as possible.

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 Are there other times that I might be asked to contribute?

Milwaukee Montessori School sponsors a wide menu of fundraising opportunities for families, including our Annual MMS Gala and Parent Association sponsored fundraisers, such as the Spaghetti Dinner and the Scholastic book fair.

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 How can I donate to the MMS Fund?

You can submit your donation to the MMS Fund through the following platforms:

Donate online, click here.

Checks:  Made payable to Milwaukee Montessori School with “MMS Fund” written in the memo line. Please send or drop checks off to 345 N. 95th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53226.

Credit Card:  VISA, Mastercard, and Discover payments can be made online at this link or called into our Director of Development, Michelle Vandenhouten, at (414) 259-0370 x128.

Securities:  If you would like to donate a gift of stock, please contact our Director of Development, Michelle Vandenhouten, at 414-259-0370 x128.

Planned Gifts:  Milwaukee Montessori School welcomes gifts – planned, bequests, or otherwise to support its long-range financial stability, programs, and cash reserve. Please contact Director of Development, Michlle Vandenhouten, to discuss the possibilities and benefits of such a gift as or 414-259-0370 x128.

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 Can I make a pledge to the MMS Fund?

Yes! If you would like to make a pledge to the MMS Fund you can do so at this link. The Development Office will send you pledge payment reminders at the periods agreed upon in the pledge form. Pledge payments are due at the close of the fiscal year, June 30th, to ensure recognition in the Milwaukee Montessori School Annual Report.

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 Is my gift tax deductible?

Milwaukee Montessori School is a registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization, therefore your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law as determine by the IRS. A letter of recognition from our Head of School will be provided to acknowledge your gift. Milwaukee Montessori School will also provide you with a cumulative receipt for all donations received during the calendar year to be used for tax purposes.

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 Can my gift be made anonymously?

Yes. Every effort will be made to accommodate your desire to be anonymous. Donations are handled with respect and with confidentiality. Please communicate your intentions for anonymity to Director of Development, Michlle Vandenhouten, at, indicate your intention when donating online, or write your intention clearly on your MMS Fund response card.

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 Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Michelle Vandenhouten, Director of Development, at or 414-259-0370 x128 with any questions, concerns, or comments.

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345 North 95th St, Milwaukee, WI 53226
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