“We only have what we give.”

–Isabelle Allende

Your Gift of Gratitude to the Urban Prairie Annual Fund during this pandemic year helps us achieve our strategic priorities:
  • Excellence in Teaching – Mentoring and professional development provide our teachers with ongoing support for delivering our experiential, whole child education.
  • Diversity Initiatives – As our curriculum continues to evolve, integrating diverse stories and perspectives to ensure that all the children in our community feel seen and loved as they learn, your gift supports faculty training; underwrites our Variable Tuition Fund to widen our doors; and supports our recruiting efforts among families from diverse communities. 
  • Practical Sustainability – In 2020 our progressive curriculum gained us recognition as one of three Illinois nominees for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program. The next step in our vision for sustainability is to retrofit our electrical systems. Our ultimate goal is to install solar panels and transition to sustainable power consumption. 

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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 donations@urbanprairie.org

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 development@urbanprairie.org.

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.