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We invite you to join the 2023 Drive to Thrive; our singular fundraising event for the 2023-24 school year.  Our goal this year is to ambitiously raise $75,000.  

Last year, the Drive to Thrive campaign funds allowed us to add sunshade sails, new sand, woodchips, and Covid-19 related purchases in addition to making other enhancements to the school.

This year, your donation will help enhance various areas inside and outside the classroom, including recreational equipment for our gym, as well as enhanced classroom materials.  In light of recent events in the surrounding communities, we would also like to explore incremental safety improvements to help protect our students and faculty.

Suggested Levels of Giving

Founders Circle


Leadership Circle

$2,500 - $4,999

Community Circle

$1,000 - $2,499

Family Circle

$500 - $999

It is our hope that 100% of all families will participate at the Family Circle level or greater.  All funds raised will go to enhance the school’s programing, facilities and faculty training.

Your support helps strengthen our community – please donate today!


What is Drive to Thrive?

The Drive to Thrive is our singular fundraising event for our school year. Each year it supports enhancements to our school’s programming, facilities and/or faculty training. While tuition covers our operational needs, Drive to Thrive helps further enrich the experience for all of our students and families. It also allows us to limit our fundraising ask to a single event each year. As a valued member of the Ronald Knox community, your partnership and participation is critical to the school’s success.

I have no idea how much to contribute. What is the suggested donation level?

Your support of the school is vitally important. We understand that each family has different circumstances and we encourage you to consider giving at a level at which you feel comfortable. Below are suggested levels of giving. Giving at these levels will be recognized in the year-end bulletin as well as on our plaque in our school.

  • Founders Circle: $5,000+
  • Leadership Circle: $2,500 - $4,999
  • Community Circle: $1000 - $2,499
  • Family Circle: $500 - $999

Our goal is to have 100% of families participate at the Family Circle or greater.

What is Company or Employer Matching?

Many employers offer matching gift programs and it’s the easiest way to maximize your donation. Please check with your employer to see if they provide this benefit!

Where does my donation go?

Each year our board, faculty and staff review the most pressing enhancements and needs that would provide a heightened Montessori experience for our students and their families. In past years, this included items to better protect our students from COVID-19, replacement materials, faculty development, etc. In the future, we will continue to use these funds to improve our facilities, support our faculty as well as add programming that will benefit all.

Will I receive a tax benefit for my donation?

Yes! Ronald Knox Montessori School is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation so your gift will be tax deductible. Following your donation, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt from the school for your records. Please consult your own tax advisor to confirm eligibility for deductions.

Will there be other fundraising events throughout the year?

No. The Drive to Thrive campaign is the only fundraising event at Ronald Knox. That is why it is so important that each family participate in helping us reach our goal! We will have several other "community events" throughout the year that give families the opportunity to meet each other, build friendships and develop a deep bond with our school, however, Drive to Thrive is the only event that raises money to support the school.

2031 Elmwood Avenue

Wilmette IL 60091


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