Why independent schools need both tuition and donations.

Q: My family is already paying tuition... What does my child get when we make financial contributions to Altamont?

A: Your financial contributions to the Altamont Fund support the people and programs that make Altamont the great school that it is: talented teachers, small classes, library and instructional resources, technology, enriching arts and athletics programs, and much more. Your child’s education is financed by both your tuition and Annual Fund gift. Because tuition only covers approximately 80% of our operating budget, charitable gifts are a necessary part of Altamont's healthy financial profile. Unlike tuition, contributions to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible and allow each family to give at a meaningful level to which they are able.

Q: How much should I give to the Altamont Fund and how much of a difference can my gift really make?

A: Ideally, current parents, grandparents, parents of alums, faculty, staff and friends identify Altamont as one of their top philanthropic priorities and recognize that their contributions make a significant impact. Altamont Fund gifts range from $10 to more than $15,000. We encourage families to consider giving at the Leadership Gift level of $1,000 or more, if they are able. Leadership gifts ensure that we raise the necessary additional funds for our students above and beyond what tuition covers to support our program, faculty, and facilities. Your gift can have a large impact on our School. Your participation encourages others to give, helps the School receive foundation grants, and sends a message to our community that Altamont does make a difference. Every gift counts!

Q: When should I make my Altamont Fund gift or pledge?

A: The earlier we receive your gift, the earlier we can put it to work for all our students. We encourage all families to make their pledges by December 31st, though payments are accepted until June 30th.

Q: Is Altamont eligible for Employer Matching Gifts?

A: Yes! Please ask your employer about Matching Gift Programs that support K-12 schools. This is a great way to double and sometimes triple your gift to Altamont.

Q: How can I help?

A: First, as an ambassador for the School, your positive endorsement of the program to the broader community helps attract and retain mission-appropriate students.

Second, encourage others, such as grandparents who want to support the School and its mission, to contribute to the Altamont Fund.

Third, the success of our Altamont Fund is dependent upon volunteers. We invite you to join us. Please contact our Development Staff to learn more about how to become involved. Thank you!

The Advancement Office coordinates Fundraising, Alumni Relations, Communications, Special Events, and Publications. If you would like more information, to volunteer your time, or make a gift to the school, please contact:

Charlotte Russ
Director of Capital Campaign & Advancement
(205) 445-1225

Beth Corey
Director of Altamont Fund
(205) 874-3506

Julie Beckwith
Director of Marketing & Communications

Margaret Whiteside
Director of Alumni Relations
(205) 874-3502