Building Excellence

Why Donate? | Where do Donations go? | Advancement Committee

Summary of Giving Opportunities

2012–13 Givers List

Nova Classical Academy’s Fundraising Drive is the Building Excellence campaign. The annual campaign focuses on Nova’s ongoing pursuit of excellence in all areas.

Why Donate to Nova

New and returning families may wonder “why does Nova ask families to contribute, not only their time as volunteers but also their money to the school? This isn’t a private school, it’s a public school and we get public funds, right?” True. Nova is a public school which provides an exceptional private-school caliber education to our children. However, unlike traditional public schools, charter schools like Nova are at a financial disadvantage. We cannot raise needed funds through local tax levies the way traditional public school distrcits do.

In order to provide the additional resources our tachers and students need to provide its high quality education, Nova seeks additional funds through grants and fundraising. Unlike most schools, Nova has explicit rules preventing us from encumbering our children with the burden of fundraising. We want them to learn arithmatic and public speaking for life, not so they can count out change as they go door-to-door selling candy and wrapping paper (which is exactly how many other schools fundraise).  Every donation our families make to Nova, goes directly to supporting our children’s education.   The greater the percentage of families who contribute, the easier it is to convince foundations to also give us grants.

As a K-12 school, Nova is committed to educating our children for 13 of the most formative years of their lives—the school is truly making an investment in our children as lifelong learners.  As parents,  we make a similar investment in their education every day when we sit next to them during homework time, when we encourage their hard work, and volunteer at the school.  Making a financial contribution to the school is  making an investment in our students that will bear fruits over the course of a lifetime.

Where do donations go?

Your donations fund a lot of the extra things our students and teacher rely on to make their educational experience complete: from the 8th grade trip to Washington DC to putting computers in the computer lab; from shelves in the library, to  equipment needed to offer excellent extracurricular programs in the arts and sports.

Families who contribute a total of $25 or more to Nova are recognized as building givers and are aiding the Academy in building programs, resources, and support for all students at Nova for now and into the future. Families who contribute $1,000 or more are recognized as Patrons and their names are captured on our Patron wall in the Great Room.

Some parents choose to help finance the Nova PTO, which uses its money for school events and teacher appreciation, through participation in the annual Barnes and Noble book sale, the box Tops for Education program, Scrip and similar programs. These fundraisers help enhance the quality of community life for Nova, and funds raised in excess of Nova PTO needs are donated to Nova to help cover training and materials, but they are not primarily used for essential educational expenses.

  • Please let us know if your employer will match your donation.
  • Donations to Nova are tax-deductible.
  • Donors will be recognized in an annual report, to be published in August.

“When I found out that my daughter and her husband were so pleased with what Nova was doing for one of their children that they decided to enroll the other two, I was confident that those children were getting a good, solid education. As a grandfather, that’s important to me.” Bill Kansas, Grandparent

Advancement Committee

Nova’s Advancement Committee is comprised of administrators and parents devoted to bringing a vibrant presence to support of Nova.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact the committee chair.

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