Who participates in the Latin Fund?
Everyone in the Latin community! Parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, parents of alumni, former faculty and staff, neighbors and other friends of the school all come together each year to contribute.
What does the Latin Fund Support?
The Latin Fund supports the people and programs that make the Latin experience so powerful. The impact of your collective contributions funds nearly 10% of school life, playing an essential role in executing our vision of a liberal arts education that makes learning inquiry-based, personal and inclusive. Gifts immediately support our community by providing substantial funding to:
Give each department the state-of-the-art tools and resources necessary to provide Latin students with unique learning experiences and a hands-on, immersive education.
Support technology, athletic equipment, set pieces for the plays, access to scholarly archives and more that benefit every student and faculty member every day.
Recruit and retain top faculty by ensuring competitive pay and benefits.
Provide thoughtful professional development, allowing teachers to grow in their profession and bring that enrichment back to the classroom.
Access and inclusion are central to Latin’s identity.
Robust financial aid is critical to ensuring economic diversity and attracting talented students regardless of their economic circumstance.
Latin will award $4.1 million in financial aid for the 2019–2020 academic year with nearly 13% of Latin students receiving some level of financial aid.
How much should I give?
We receive gifts from $20 to more than $25,000 each year. Everyone chooses an amount that is meaningful for them, and each gift is powerful.
There are a lot of people paying attention to participation in the Latin Fund: lead volunteers and donors, and prospective families, teachers and administrators all look to annual giving as a way of measuring how invested the Latin community is in our school.
Because of supporters, like you, Latin is consistently at the top of our peer schools nationally in parent giving, and our alumni giving has grown by leaps and bounds in the last 10 years.
Why is it important that parents make their commitment before December 31?
Since all Latin Fund donations are used during the academic school year they are received, your commitment today helps the school better anticipate the total amount that will be raised and utilize funds immediately to benefit all students, faculty, staff and community members.
You enrolled your child in an independent school because you were attracted to the excellent faculty and small class size. You found excellence and your gifts allow you to help sustain it.”
— The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
How is the Latin Fund different from the annual event, Scholarship Dinner?
The Latin Fund and Scholarship Dinner both provide critical support, but they play slightly different roles. The Latin Fund provides community support for Latin’s program and strategic direction. Scholarship Dinner supports need-based financial aid for students, demonstrating our commitment to increased access to a Latin education through financial aid.
This year’s Scholarship Dinner will be held on February 29, 2020. Individual and corporate sponsorship is a key element in the success of Scholarship Dinner and an important way of supporting Latin. Sponsorship levels range from $1,500 to $50,000.
How can I make a gift?
Donate online where you can set up a monthly or quarterly gift if that is more convenient for you. Or you can send a check made payable to Latin School of Chicago can be sent to: Latin School of Chicago 59 W. North Blvd. Chicago, IL 60610.
I still have questions about fundraising at Latin. Who can I talk to?
Development and Alumni Relations Office