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We invite you to join the 2021 Drive to Thrive; our singular fundraising event for the 2021-22 school year. Our goal this year is to ambitiously raise $75,000. Some of the projects that will benefit from your donation include the enhancement of our outdoor classroom space, including the purchase and installation of sun/shade sails, new sand, woodchips, and more! (Earth science and nature are key components of our Montessori education and our outdoor spaces allow for a more enriching experience for all!)

We will also direct some of the raised funds toward ongoing COVID expenses for the continued health and safety of our children.

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 families will participate at the Family Circle level or greater. All funds raised will go to enhance the school's programming, facilities and faculty training.

Your support helps strengthen our community — please donate today.

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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 allows us to create an even more enriched 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. In order to minimize the time required for your family, Ronald Knox has partnered with Double the Donation who quickly confirms match eligibility and necessary paperwork. Enter your company name in the search bar to confirm your match eligibility, terms and to learn more. Please contact Morgan Ruey or Stuart Bewley.

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 to the fullest extent of the law. Following your donation, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt from the school for your records.

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.

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Wilmette IL 60091


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