Who contributes to TRUE BLUE and why is 100% participation important?
McLean relies on Annual Fund support from parents, faculty, staff, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends. For the past five years, we have had 100% Faculty and Staff participation. However, parent support is also critical. When applying for outside grants, the participation rate among parents is an important criteria.
Why am I being asked to contribute to TRUE BLUE when I already pay tuition?
McLean provides transformative education to a diverse student body, while maintaining small class sizes and expert teachers. For these reasons, tuition is substantial. Nevertheless, for every student, there exists a $2,150 difference between tuition and fees and the actual cost of a McLean education. The TRUE BLUE Fund helps to cover that gap.
Is my gift tax deductible?
Yes! McLean School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts to the TRUE BLUE Fund are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please contact your tax advisor for specific questions.
What is the difference between a gift and a pledge?
Many families will want to make an outright cash, check or securities donation as their gift. Others will prefer to make a pledge, which is a promise to make a specific gift at a later date. Pledges allow families the freedom to make an early commitment to the Annual Fund while maintaining the flexibility around when they make their specific cash gift before the close of the fiscal year, June 30.
Our family is a beneficiary of Financial Assistance, is it important for me give?
Yes! Participation matters, and we invite everyone to be counted. A strong parent participation rate not only shows support for the 100% of faculty and staff who give, but is also an important factor when applying for outside grants.
Should I give to the TRUE BLUE Annual Fund or the Auction?
TRUE BLUE Annual Fund and the Auction are important fundraising opportunities for McLean, and we encourage every family to participate in both if possible. The Annual Fund supports our operational budget; the Auction has different focus each year. The Auction is a wonderful community celebration, and we hope you will support them both.
How Much Should I Give to TRUE BLUE?
The most important thing is that you participate at a level that is significant to your family and reflects your level of commitment to McLean. Gifts range from $25 to $25,000.
My company matches gifts. Can they match my gift to McLean School?
Matching Gifts are a great way to double or even triple the impact of your gift! Ask your employer about matching your gift to McLean School. Please contact the Development Office at 240.395.2459
for further information.