In an ongoing effort to maintain affordable tuition rates, our annual budget relies on fundraising events scheduled throughout the year. These events are vital to the success of our program and feed directly into our scholarship and teacher training funds, community outreach programs, curriculum development and extracurricular activities. MCS parent volunteers, board members, staff and our extended community come together to coordinate, facilitate and participate in each fundraiser. Of course, at any time, you can donate online with your credit card via PayPal.
Fall Wine and Coffee Raffle (October/November)
In this annual fall fundraiser, MCS families are asked to donate bottles of wine and local coffee vendors donate delicious coffee. Families are then asked to sell raffle tickets (10 tickets per family) for wine and coffee prizes that are awarded in time for the holidays. Proceeds go largely to curriculum development, extracurricular activities, and teacher training funds. In the past we have asked families to bring in their wine donation before the raffle, but after the school year began. We ask families to bring in their donation of one or more bottles of wine to the school during their scheduled early visit at the beginning of the school year. Choose a special favorite to donate, or if you don’t have one, ask Worden’s, CVS, Liquid Planet or the Good Food Store for a recommendation in the $10-$20 range. Information will go out in early October for selling raffle tickets, with the drawing in early November. Prizes are awarded for top ticket sellers and include tickets to the spring silent auction, summer camp discount, and a bottle of fun, saucy, William Shatner-esque wine..
Annual Year End Letter (December)
Each year the school distributes an annual letter including; photos, articles, MCS news, and a request for year end charitable donations. It is fun way for grandparents, alumni and other friends of the school to see what is happening this year while also supporting the school. Families are asked to let the school know of friends or family they would like added to the mailing list. Families are given MCS envelopes to address and have their children decorate.
Spring Silent Auction (April)
Our most important fundraiser of the year features wine, chocolate and coffee tasting, live music and a silent auction of items generously donated from our families and our extended Missoula community. This is a fabulously fun springtime celebration of our community, with proceeds primarily going to our scholarship fund. Each family is asked to donate or solicit a raffle item. Items donated include services (past examples are homemade breakfast delivered to you, hula party, gardening at your home), goods (past examples include homemade kids skirt, jewelry, framed art), all around fun packages (past examples include night out package, parent-kid date package, treat yourself right package), and nights away (past examples include Family Fun Night at Fairmont, weekend at beach house on Cannon Beach). MCS families past and present, and community members who just want to enjoy a fun Missoula evening, come together to support the school. We typically also offer very affordable childcare through Bitterroot Gymnastics. The Spring Silent Auction is many people’s favorite night of the MCS school year! Donation requests will go out in January or February.
Spring Yard Sale (May)
Do you have almost enough stuff to have a yard sale, but not quite enough to hold your own? Save your time and effort and donate your stuff to the annual Missoula Community School group yard sale! This event raises money while also helping you with your spring cleaning! Look for more information in March or April of each year about when the sale will be held, and when items will begin to be stockpiled for the sale at school. The yard sale itself will likely be in early May.
Give Local Missoula (May)
Give Local Missoula is an opportunity to give back to many non-profits in the Missoula area- including our school. We promote this day along with many other organizations. This event is usually in mid May.