The Annual Fund Drive (AFD)
As a crucial supplement to tuition, The Annual Fund provides for curricular materials, state-of-the-art technology, professional development for faculty and staff, supplemental programs and events, and financial aid for qualified students.
CEE has gratefully acknowledged 100 percent participation by our current parents in the AFD for the past several years. In addition, participation by grandparents, alumni, and parents of alumni continues to grow. Donors to the AFD are recognized in The Center's Annual Report and in other publications, and AFD gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The CEE Gala
Each spring, CEE hosts a gala to raise funds for the school’s educational programs. Every year there is a different theme, and every year it is a hit! This beloved event is a favorite for many CEE parents, grandparents and alumni, who come to enjoy the company of other CEE community members and have a blast shopping, dining, and dancing into the night all the while doing something wonderful for the school!
The Leading from The Center Campaign
Over the years, our capital campaigns have raised funds for the construction of two new instructional buildings, underground parking, renovations to existing facilities, and the furnishings that created state-of-the-art science labs, art, and music studios and a 700-seat Community Center.
Donors to capital projects understand that exceptional teaching must take place with excellent tools, including classrooms that accommodate the latest technology as well as enough space to sprawl on the floor to read.
The Leading from the Center Campaign is designed to support The Center's $75 million Campus Enhancement Plan
that will create the physical and virtual spaces that CEE needs in order to foster the innovation and design thinking that modern education requires. The Campus Enhancement Plan will be completed in 2020.
The Opportunity Fund
CEE is an urban school. Playgrounds are on the roofs. Our buildings are tall and compact. We need to think like city dwellers, so CEE maintains an Opportunity Fund for donors who understand that the right real estate purchase at the right time may never come again. Gifts to the Opportunity Fund are restricted to property purchase or development and accompanying costs.
The Endowment Fund
CEE established its endowment in 1994 and continues to encourage donors to consider making a gift for today AND tomorrow. When you make an endowment gift, you are stipulating that your gift will remain intact but that CEE may use all or a portion of the returns it generates through prudent investment. The Center's Board of Trustees takes your mandate very seriously and has set policies in place to put a portion of your gift returns to work for the school while reinvesting a portion to protect the future value of your gift.
CEE offers a number of endowment fund alternatives, including an Unrestricted Endowment Fund as well as named restricted endowment funds for donors considering gifts of six-figures or more. Endowment donors are recognized in publications and on permanent campaign plaques as determined by the Trustees.
Sometimes donors have a passion. It might be hard-working teachers, music or art, or helping a student in need. If a special interest enhances or extends CEE's curriculum, we are more than happy to work with you on a restricted gift. To learn more about restricted funds, contact the Advancement Office
Thanks to supporters like you, we can continue to focus on the quality education that we offer to students in a supportive, inclusive, respectful and diverse environment. You can show your support with a gift today and witness the benefits of your generosity, or you can arrange a gift for after your lifetime. Both offer you appealing tax and financial benefits and will be a difference to CEE students for generations to come.
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer's name below.
If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to The Center for Early Education may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.