Giving FAQs

Bixby & Associates is our official name and it is a qualified nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.  Our Federal Tax ID No: 84-0766841.

How exactly does giving at Bixby work?

 

Like all independent schools, Bixby relies on family support — time, treasure, and talent — to provide exceptional student experiences.  Each year, our Show the Love Annual Fund takes place in the autumn.  Participation is the most critical aspect of the annual giving as it shows the strength of our community and makes us more likely to receive grants and corporate sponsorships.  Please help us get to 100%, and remember that whether you give $5 or $50,000, the most important thing is that everyone gives something!  You can make a pledge in the fall (we ask for all pledges to be made by December 31st) and pay it in installments or make a single payment by May 31st.  One great option that makes your dollar stretch further is to pledge early, then pay your pledge on Colorado Gives Day as we get extra matching funds from the Community First Foundation.

 

Each spring, Bixby hosts its annual auction and social where proceeds are used to enrich classroom experiences for both students and faculty, build joy and community for our families, and reward our fabulous faculty through service awards, an annual bonus, and starting a retirement fund.  In addition, the auction always has a paddle raiser that supports a specific cause- like professional development, new computers or technology, expensive equipment, library improvements, etc.  In 2017, we raised professional development monies for our extraordinary teachers.  The auction is always as much a “funraiser” as it is a fundraiser; put it on your calendars now – March 17th, 2018!  In addition, Bixby Community Builders (BCB) holds several smaller giving opportunities throughout the year.  These include: The Handmade Holiday Market (in December) and Read-a-thon (mid-January through mid-February).

 

Why are families being asked to give a gift when they are already paying tuition?

This is a great question! Like all schools, Bixby relies on fundraising to make possible our incredible education. Things like swimming, chef-prepared lunches, Spanish, Art, Music, Sports, Swim, and our incredibly low student-teacher ratio are supported through donations. Fundraising helps us build a more inclusive community, and also offers tax benefits that tuition does not. One incredible incentive is that every gift to Bixby is eligible for the Colorado State Childcare Tax Credit, a 50% credit on your state taxes. Depending on your tax bracket, each dollar you give to Bixby can cost you as little as 30 cents. Talk to your tax advisor for more information, but know that this is a significant advantage over just increasing tuition.

How will I know how my money is being used?

We take the responsibility of stewarding your money very seriously, and commit that every dollar we raise will be reflective of the Bixby mission and used with gratitude and thoughtfulness. We also promise to communicate with transparency and regularity how gifts are being used.

Is there a way that I can maximize my gift?

Many workplaces offer matching gifts for their employees. This is a wonderful way to double your gift to Bixby! Just check with your employer to find out if they participate in such a program.

How can I ask questions or find out more?

We would love to talk with you!  Please contact us for more information at development@bixbyschool.org.  And thank you for showing the love!