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Donations are Always Welcome!
Capitol School of Austin believes that our small class sizes and our highly qualified staff of speech-language therapists and special educators make us a unique and successful program. Take a look at our Success Stories to get to know a few of the many students who have blossomed at Capitol School. Maintaining this quality is impossible through tuition only. It has been through the continued support of people like YOU that we have been able to consistently meet our operating expenses for 26 years.
They say that many hands make small work, and the same goes for donations. Please help us with a donation - large or small - to support programming, scholarships, campus improvement, technology, or an unrestricted donation to be used for operations. We manage all fundraising activities ourselves, so 100% of your donation will be used as directed!
Monetary Donations - Making a donation is as easy as sending a check to Capitol School of Austin or donating by credit card in three quick steps:
Click the Donation button (above). Choose to pay by credit card or by PayPal.
Type in the purpose of your donation (In honor of, in memory of, or other notes).
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Enter your credit card information and click the"Review Donation & Continue" button.
Press Donate Now. That's it! You've brightened the day for Capitol School, our students, and our families, friends, and supporters.
Stock Donations - There may be additional tax advantages to donating stocks instead of cash. Please contact your financial advisor for
more information about this option or contact Rob in the office if you're ready to make a donation of stock.
Four Events, One Great Cause.
Our annual fundraising events help provide the funds needed to cover the gap between program income and our operating expenses. We manage all fundraising activities ourselves, so 100% of donations are used on our school programs. Our four annual events are:
This year, our annual Grandparents/VIP Celebration and Grandparents Challenge will be held on Friday, February 17th. We look forward to seeing you here! Last year, more than 80 grandparents, grandfriends, and other Very Important People came to see what their grandchildren love about Capitol School of Austin. The students put on a performance for their guests (pictured below) and then invited them to their classrooms. The students absolutely LOVED having their special guests here!
We also use the celebration to kick off our annual Grandparents Challenge for current and previous grandparents to help cover our operating expenses for the year. Last year, we raised more than $7000!
Violet & Joseph Birchill, Julie & John Brown, Roderick & Laurie Garner, John & Adrienne Garrison, John & Christine Gercans, J Barry & Michele Griswell, Robert & Catarina Hasdorff, Donna Nashold James, James Kaufman, Mary Ann Key, Francis & Ursula Lyons, Mary Merhar, Lucy O'Brien, Mary & Joe Pratt, Sreedevi Saladi, Carol Springer, Marcia Sliger, Juliet Smith, Douglas & Ruth Smith, Howard & Anne Ttee, Mr & Mrs. A. B. Walters, David & Marsha Wehmeyer, Vernon & Nancy Wilson, Dr. James & Linda Willson, Bettye Yeager, Mary Jo Zappone
Give Back to the City You Love
Amplify Austin is Austin's 24 hours of giving. The one-day of giving campaign raised more than $9 million for 700 Austin-area non-profits and we were thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who took a moment to support us during this event.
The excitement of Amplify Austin is not only the donations we receive, but also the many people who help spread the word about the students we are serving at Capitol School through Facebook postings, Tweets, and emails. Thank you! To learn more about Amplify Austin, watch their 2-minute below.
Amplify Austin Donors!
William & Jillian Ankeney, Natalie Berko, Astrid Calderon, Charlie and Leslie Cunningham, Liz Darwin, Ian and Stephanie Davis, Sharon English, Tanya Feng and Mike Nguyen, David Friday in honor of Vincent Pesina, Adam Garcia/Waterloo Printing, Vanessa G. Gonzales in honor of her Buddy Bears, Evelyn Gonzalez in honor of Megan Gonzalez, Kevin Green, Jennifer Hackett in memory of Josh Kent, Robert & Catarina Hasdorff in honor of Mateo W., Ann Hillis in honor of the wonderful teachers at CSA, Sally Holland, Margaret Izard in honor of Kelly Jerden, Heather Jank, Marilyn and Craig Jennings, Jordan-Brown family, Jay and Annette Juba Kristin Knifton in honor of the amazing Level 2 class R. Lefteau, The Lyons Family, The Macatee family, River Mitchell, Corina Montes de Oca in honor of Hayden, Mindy Aviles Nahkunst, Darylene Netzer in honor of Henry N., Jane O’Brien, Betty Plank in honor of Sharon English, Jeanice Pokorny, Delaney Quattlebaum, Melissa Rachal, Jason & Sarah Railey, Suzanne Sandback, Miranda Sims in honor of Megan Gonzalez, Erin Soloman in honor of Kelly Jerden, Emily Jane Smith, Madison Stacy, Subu Subramanian in honor of Naveen and Deepak, William Sydes in honor of Heidi, Byron Theodosis, Bill & Gin Tolany, Edward J Ungvarsky, Brenda Veselka, Alicia Willson in honor of Mateo W., Benjamin Wolff, The Wright Family, Jeannette Young in honor of the CSA staff, and twelve anonymous donors.
Western Murder Mystery Poker Night
There was a Mystery in the Making at the Deadwood Saloon! On Friday, October 21st, CSA staff, families, and friends attended our annual fundraising event at Capitol School. Our gym was transformed into the Deadwood Saloon for a poker tournament, western-style games, and an whodonit mystery to solve.
The event included casino games, the murder mystery party, a raffle, and a chuckwagon food trailer. We will also held our popular Paddles Up giving campaign to fund several campus-improvement projects.
We closed the evening with a hilarious parent and staff costume contest. Guest judges Jeff and Anna Stewart faced a tough deliberation, since many people pulled out all the stops with their costumes. Winners were CSA parents Bethany and Jason Winkler and CSA speech pathologist/saloon girl Vanessa Gonzales. Congratulations!
For pictures, please see our FaceBook page.
If you couldn't attend but would like to support this event or this year's Paddles Up projects, please contact the office 512-467-7006 or use the Make a Donation button (above left) to make a payment online.
Casino Night Donors!
Robert & Elaine Anderson, Julie McGraw Brown, Jean Cunningham, Leslie Cunningham, Peter & Abigail Donovan - in honor of the incredible staff at CSA, Law Offices of Dicky Grigg, Joe & Kathy McSpadden, Richard & Madeline Meier, Paula Nissen, Susan & Dan Nold, Jay & Susie O'Brien - in honor of Nico Jara, Betty Plank, Susan & Michael Plank,
Law Offices of Broadus Spivey, Mr. & Mrs. A.B. Walters, Doug & Leigh Wolfe, Jill & Art Zeitz
Giving Tuesday & End-of-Year Giving
As the end-of-year season approaches and we turn our thoughts to giving and supporting the causes in which we believe, we ask that you include Capitol School in your end-of-year giving. 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to supporting our mission. The end-of-year campaign kicks off on Giving Tuesday - Tuesday, November 29th.
Including Capitol School in your giving enables us to continue to help families struggling with learning differences. When we ask parents about what their time at Capitol School means to them, the overwhelming response is that Capitol School gives them hope. Hope that their child would better communicate, that he/she would use language to make friends, would reach his/her potential, and would succeed both at CSA and in future school settings.
Thank You, End-of-Year Donors!
Howard & Debbie Anglin, Arnold Foundation, Julie Craft,
Cherie Escure, Lenora Greene, Michael & Sarah Heidler, Dave & Sharon Hoffman, Sandra Nogales-Henry, KCL Foundation, Mary Ann Key, Patricia Koch, Laura Lewis, PCSI, Jeanice Pokorny, Mary Pratt, Melissa & Eric Rachal, Eric & Patricia Reed, Richard & Jeanne Roddy, Dan& Janet Teal, Brenda Veselka, Mieke Weger, James & Linda Willson
Other Ways to Help:
Scholarship Fund/Tuition Assistance Program
Although tuition at CSA is in line with other low-ratio non-profit schools for children with special needs, we recognize that many families cannot afford our program. For this reason, we established a tuition assistance program that is administered by our Board of Directors. The program is designed for families who earn below Austin-area median incomes. Awards range from 0 - 50% of tuition and are based on three criteria:
1. A family's financial situation, including income and cash assets.
2. The needs of other families applying for assistance.
3. The amount of funds available for tuition assistance, since our tuition assistance program is funded by private donations and varies from year to year.
Once a student has completed his/her visit and it has been determined that Capitol School can meet his/her needs, the Board of Directors then reviews assistance applications and makes a determination as to the families qualifications under our scholarship guidelines.
Scholarships are funded through our endowment fund, which is funded by private donations, foundation support, or a percentage of the CSA yearly operating budget whenever possible. This is a major area of need of the school; to donate to our scholarship program, please contact us at (512) 467-7006.
Shelly Veselka Scholarship Fund
Another way to support our tuition assistance program is to make a donation to the Veselka Scholarship Fund. When CSA parent Shelly Veselka passed away in the spring of 2015, a fund was established in his memory by his wife Brenda. Shelly and Brenda’s daughter Victoria attended Capitol School for several years. Your donation ($50 suggested) will be added to the scholarship fund to help families with low incomes send their child to Capitol School.
Shop at Amazon.com
If you make any purchases by accessing Amazon from the links here, Amazon.com will donate 4-15% of the cost of your purchase to Capitol School. This includes MP3 and video on demand downloads. It's as easy as that!
All Other Online Shopping
For all other online purchases, start at this special Give As You Get link (you'll see our logo) and Capitol School will earn a percentage of every purchase you make with no cost to you! Many online stores you already use are participating members of Give As You Get, including Sam’s Club, Groupon, iTunes, Expedia, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, and more. It's as easy as that!
Good Neighbor Program: If you shop at Randalls, present your Remarkable Card to the customer service desk and indicate that you want to donate to Capitol School (our neighbor number is 3826). After that, every time you use your card a percentage of your purchase will be sent directly to Capitol School!
Freytag's Florist Did you know that you can purchase gifts for your loved ones AND support our organization at the same time? Just mention Austin Community Blooms, and Capitol School of Austin over the phone, in store or at check-out online for 5% of your purchase to contribute to Capitol School. When ordering online, look for the checkbox at the bottom of the order page that reads "This is an Austin Community Blooms order." Check the box and choose Capitol School from the drop-down list that follows. See www.freytagsflorist.com (under About Us, charities and non-profits) for more information.
Box Tops for Education: Bring us your box tops for any General Mills products, and CSA will earn ten cents for each. Deposit tops in the decorated can located in the main hallway.
Thanks for considering these easy ways to help support our important mission!