Annual Fund – Please Contribute!

Hello CHIME Families,

Today is the kick off of our Annual Giving Fund drive! The Annual Giving Fund is our most important fundraiser of the year, and we wanted to share more information about why it’s so critical to the success of our school.

Most schools in the area rely on annual giving drives and even ask for a specific contribution amount from each family to meet their financial needs/budget. Keeping with CHIME’s inclusion mindset and our understanding that every family has different financial resources, we are not asking for a specific amount, but we are asking for 100% participation at whatever level your family can give. It is our hope that after understanding the importance of the Annual Giving Fund drive, that you will make the best decision that supports your family’s commitment to our amazing school.

So why do we need to raise all of this money annually? The reality is that CHIME starts every year with a shortfall in funding. The state gives a pre-determined amount of money to CHIME based on certain criteria and based on CHIME’s demographics. Because of certain state budget regulations, we get less than many other surrounding schools. In addition, we have a priority of keeping class sizes small, of supporting art and music with highly trained teachers, and tof providing individualized support for ALL students.

You might find it shocking to learn we actually have a $1,000 gap per student every year. This means, despite the fundraising efforts you witness at CHIME on a regular basis, and our administration finding innovative ways to raise money behind the scenes, we still find ourselves facing a financial shortfall every month. This is where your annual giving becomes a crucial component to our sustainability as a school. The Annual Giving Fund is the money that will support CHIME’s priorities each month, most importantly keeping our class sizes small with a high adult to student ratio, which is a key component to providing supportive and enriching learning environments for all of our children.

Because the Annual Giving Fund is so crucial to the success and longevity of CHIME, we are asking EVERYONE to give as soon as possible. We’ll be providing gifts of gratitude in appreciation for your generous contribution at the following levels:

  • CHIME Advocate ($250-499) – Receive a special-edition CHIME magnet
  • CHIME Influencer ($500-$999) – Receive all of the above, plus a water bottle and custom school-year calendar
  • CHIME Champion ($1,000-2,499) – Receive all of the above, plus a CHIME t-shirt
  • CHIME VIP ($2,500+) – Receive all of the above, plus two All-Access Passes to all CHIME events during the 2018/19 school year and priority seating at your child’s winter performance

Giving is easy. You can donate one lump sum by check or credit card by filling out the attached form and returning it in the office. Or utilize PayPal and give all at once or create a recurring monthly gift by going to www.chimeinstitute.organd clicking on the red “SUPPORT CHIME NOW” button.

Additionally, all families who give any amount by October 19, 2018 will be entered into an “Early Bird” raffle to win two Universal Studios tickets!

If you have any questions, please contact Mara ( or Dawn ( We’ll also discuss at the first CCA meeting on September 4th at 7 pm in the auditorium or look for our table at the Back to School nights.

Finally, we will be communicating our participation to you throughout the fall – watch for the status thermometers going up around the school. Our goal is 100% participation. Together we make the difference!!!

We thank you for your gift and for your support. CHIME wouldn’t be CHIME without YOU!

Thank you,

Mara Damianov

Annual Giving Fund Coordinator
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller