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Make Your Annual Gift Today

Support the fiscal health of the school by making an annual commitment each year. Annual giving improves our planning ability for each new school year and gives us a stronger sense of what pedagogical programs we can improve and what new programs can be introduced. Your dollars, in addition to directly benefiting the school and our students, will go to:

  • Special yearly projects (e.g., Playlot 3.0)
  • Providing a financial buffer for the school during enrollment fluctuations
  • Closing the gap between the overall tuition brought in and the annual expenses of the school

Giving Levels

All donors in the Sponsor Circle and above will receive an invite to the Annual Dinner each year. Mark your calendar for April 23, 2022!

Legacy Circle $25,000 and above

Visionary Circle $10,000 – $24,999

Sustainer Circle $5,000 – $9,999

Partner Circle $2,500 – $4,999

Sponsor Circle $1,000 – $2,499

Ways to Give

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the primary way that the UPWS community makes charitable donations to the school.  Urban Prairie is sustained by the support of our whole community, and we seek 100% Annual Fund participation of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and Urban Prairie families.  Please make Urban Prairie your highest giving priority while your child is enrolled in our school.

Matching Gifts

Many Chicago-area employers provide full or partial matching funds for your charitable donations.  Request a matching gift form from your company’s HR office and submit it with proof of your donation.  If you have any questions, a member of our fundraising team will be happy to help you.  Contact

Appreciated Securities

If you own long-term appreciated stock that is subject to capital gains tax liability, you can avoid the tax by making a gift of your appreciated stock to Urban Prairie Waldorf School. The benefits of gifting your appreciated stock include no capital gains tax on the appreciation, receiving a charitable deduction equal to the full value of your stock gift to UPWS, and supporting the education of a child you love.  To learn more email the UPWS Development Office at

Amazon Smile

When you purchase eligible products at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price back to UPWS! Click here to sign-up for free and register to support UPWS.

Facebook Fundraiser

Get your friends to donate to a cause you care about by starting a fundraiser on Facebook! It’s easy to do, and no fees are charged for fundraisers supporting non-profits, so 100% of donations go to UPWS. Click here to start your fundraiser today!

In-Kind Donations

Having recently moved into our new campus, we have a long wishlist of items that will help to make our new house into a “home.”  You can find our wishlist here.