A Community of Giving
Your investment in Fort Collins Montessori School helps to provide our students with an exemplary Montessori education. Your support provides a foundation of generosity and fosters a community of giving.
There are many important causes in our community that invite our attention, but we believe the most important commitment we can make in our lifetime is to our children’s future. Fostering a love of learning at a young age and nurturing children to become responsible, productive and compassionate adults is the greatest gift we can provide to this and future generations.
The Funding Gap
Since the charter public school receive little public funding for land or facilities, charter schools need to make up for that funding gap with fundraising. Here are a number of ways you can help raise funds for the school. If you would like to get involved in helping the school raise funds, please email [email protected]. If you would like to make a donation, click here for the donation form.
How FCMS Raises Funds
The Big Give
The Big Give is Fort Collins Montessori School’s annual fundraising ask. A financial goal is set each year, but more importantly a goal of 100% family participation is set. All gift, large or small, makes a difference. The Big Give is spearheaded by the Fundraising Committee.
This direct ask from our parent organization, the Parent Volunteer Committee, to parents goes to fund staff gifts and appreciation events as well as the Teacher Fund. The Parent Volunteer Committee is a separate organization from FCMS and funds remain so.
Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction
Each spring, Fort Collins Montessori School families, staff, board and friends are invited to the Fort Collins Montessori School Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction. This spiced-up event is fun for all ages and generates funding that goes toward immediate needs for our growing school—including annual required teacher training and low-income early childhood scholarships. Contact the Fundraising Committee at [email protected] if you would like to volunteer or support/sponsor this event.
King Soopers Grocery Cards
Reloadable King Soopers Grocery cards are available from the Fundraising Committee and add only a minute of your time when you shop. FCMS receives 5% of the total value of card reloads. And it can really add up! For example; if your family loads $500 a month on their card to spend on everyday groceries and fuel, FCMS will receive $25. If just 50 families did the same, FCMS would earn $1,250 a month. Over 12 months, this would add up to $15,000! So, don’t delay, get a card today. Contact [email protected]
Shop With Scrip
Shop with Scrip is a no-selling fundraiser that puts your shopping dollars to work. Money raised with this program supports the school and Parent Volunteer Committee activities. To retrieve an enrollment code and sign up contact [email protected].
Scholastic Book Orders
Catalogs are sent home periodically with children. Each order provides funds for our teachers to buy books for the classroom.
For Small Hands Catalog
This catalog, sent home twice a year, features hard-to-find, child-sized tools and toys that encourage self-sufficiency and values consistent with Montessori principles. FCMS receives a 10% merchandise credit for all orders over $25. Please include our school ID number (415005) when you place your order.
Box Tops for Education
Have your child collect box tops from participating products. For each box top collected, Box Tops for Education makes a financial contribution to the school. Money raised through this effort is managed by the Parent Volunteer Committee and used to purchase classroom supplies. Collected labels may be dropped off at the school office.