dear parents,

As with most private schools, even those with a long history, our main source of revenue – tuition – does not cover the full cost of annual operations. The annual operating budget for 2018-2019 is $1.37M, with tuition expected to cover approximately 90%. The amount of the operating budget covered by tuition will fluctuate as the school grows enrollment, adds space, and ultimately increases programs and services.

For 2018-2019, a gap of approximately $1960 per student exists between tuition and the full cost of education at New Amsterdam School. We ask families to consider using this number as a starting point for their giving. For some families, contributing the full amount is not possible. We ask each family to give to the best of their financial ability. Gifts of any amount will help us bridge the gap.

Our goal is 100% participation in The New Amsterdam Fund, which is supported by our annual appeal. The appeal is launched annually at the outset of the school year and closes in the spring.

This year, a generous NAS family has offered a $100,000 Challenge Grant. When we raise $200,000 before December 31st they will give another $100,000. Meeting this goal will allow us to begin to invest in our real estate expansion and increase teachers’ salaries. This is an amazing opportunity for our school and we are setting our sights high.



We encourage families to participate in the ways that most meaningfully meet their needs and abilities, and welcome the opportunity to meet one on one to create an individual plan for giving for the year.



How can I give?

Monetary Gifts

Monetary gifts are a direct and impactful way to give.

  1. Make an online contribution directly from our website. Just click the “Giving” button.

  2. Make a pledge and customize your giving timeline. Donors who wish to contribute at a future date may make a pledge. A pledge is a promise to make a specified payment within the school's fiscal year. Pledges can be made by mail or e-mail or by contacting our Development Coordinator directly.

  3. Send a check. Checks can be made payable to:

    New Amsterdam School

    62 Avenue B

    New York, NY 10009

  4. Double your donation. Ask your employer’s Human Resources Department about matching gifts. Matching gifts are initiated by you. We can verify the amount of your contribution and complete any necessary paperwork required by your employer. Be sure to designate New Amsterdam School as the beneficiary of your matching gift with your employer.

  5. Donate appreciated securities with a stock transfer. Gifts of appreciated stock may allow a donor to avoid a capital gains tax in addition to receiving a charitable income tax deduction for the fair market value of the stock. To initiate a gift of stock, we ask that you follow the instructions on the appropriate stock transfer documents. Please email us with information about your stock transfer when it is completed by your broker.

  6. Create a challenge pledge. Challenges pledges are helpful in attracting other donors. Please contact the Development Coordinator directly to organize a challenge pledge.

  7. Attend, bring friends to and participate in fundraising events.

In-Kind Donations

The school is happy to provide tax-deduction recognition for donated goods and services. We greatly appreciate donated items and services that help offset the expense of operations and events. Contributions include but are not limited to: print and design services, photography, catering and food services, spirits, flowers, free or low-cost venues, equipment, and legal services.

Endowment Funds

Please reach out to our School Director if you are interested in creating a lasting gift to the school. Endowment funds are largely restricted as per the precise wish of the donor in discussion with the New Amsterdam School Board of Directors. Examples of endowment designations include and are not limited to scholarships, facilities, and faculty benefits.


Give your time and talent! Volunteerism is crucial to New Amsterdam’s success. Each year we rely on thousands of volunteer hours to fulfill our mission. Volunteering is a rewarding way to get involved, connect with others and contribute to our vibrant community life. Speak to us to join one of the following volunteer committees:

1. Campus Development
2. Gardening
3. Development & Special Events 

In addition to these main committees, come on board to help with our one-time events such as Winter Fair. We appreciate any and all contributions of time and support. If you have a new idea for a way volunteers can support the school, speak to the school director or the New Amsterdam Parents Association (NAPA) chair.


Which Giving Circle will you join?

Your participation is vital to maintaining the financial and overall vibrance of the New Amsterdam School. We celebrate and thank our contributors at every level of giving. Giving circles are provided as a suggested gift ranges and as a way to thank and publicly acknowledge donors. Donors may also request to remain anonymous. All donors, unless otherwise requested, are listed in our annual report which is published each summer.

Community Circle: Up to $999

Friends Circle: $1,000 - $4,999

Sustainers Circle: $5,000 - $10,000 

Visionaries Circle: $10,000 - $49,999

New Amsterdam Society: $50,000+

The New Amsterdam Society comprises donors who have given $50,000 or more over the course of the school’s history. Membership is offered annually and is permanent.

Note: Major donors giving more than $25,000 in one year are welcome to designate where they wish their funds to go, whether to the New Amsterdam Fund, the SEE program, faculty benefits, or somewhere else.

In Thanks,

Through the generosity and vision of our parents and supporters, we are able to bridge the budget gap of 10% to 25% and develop the foundational programs necessary to sustain New Amsterdam School now and into the future, including:

  • Competitive salaries and benefits for faculty and staff

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Socially Equitable Education (providing up to 99% tuition assistance for economically diverse families)

  • Teacher training and professional development

  • Facilities (rent, maintenance and upgrades)

  • School food program



The New Amsterdam Fund advances our mission to bring Waldorf education to lower Manhattan, and it needs your gift to become a reality. We aim for 100% parental participation in the New Amsterdam Fund each year. Your devotion and generosity, in whatever form, is deeply appreciated. Thank you!

The New Amsterdam School is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization.