Giving - Midland School



Midland’s Annual Fund

Gifts to Midland’s Annual Fund are the most important gifts we ask of our community each year. When you support Midland’s Annual Fund, you help provide the financial support to develop and advance our unique programs to ensure that Midland can continue to provide an exceptional educational experience to all of our students. Your support allows us to be responsive to the needs of our students and faculty, helping advance the school by supporting a number of ongoing priorities, some of which are:

We believe that a Midland education should be accessible to families of all economic means. Holding that belief as one of our core values, we remain committed to enrolling an economically diverse student body and are proud to say that we offer robust, need-based financial assistance. About half of our student body receives need-based financial assistance, and Midland offers double the average per student funding for financial assistance than our peer schools. Awards range from several thousand dollars to nearly the full cost of tuition.

Your support helps us invest in the continuing education and growth of our faculty and staff. Our educators’ ability to learn, innovate, and grow is key to delivering the best education and school experience for each current and future Midlander.

Your support of Midland’s Annual Funds ensures the financial sustainability of the school by providing flexible support for unforeseen needs and expenses. Helping us meet our greatest needs each year.

Major giving sustains our school. To ensure the future of the Midland experience for generations to come, we are engaged in ongoing, mission-aligned campus renewal projects that will progressively renew our rustic campus. As we continue to respond to the changing requirements of the world around us (protecting our campus against wildfire dangers, increasing our sustainability and self-sufficiency through solar capacity and farm, for example), your support is crucial to the success and feasibility of our projects to meet Midland’s infrastructural needs. To learn more about philanthropic opportunities related to capital projects, connect with us via email or phone!

We intentionally keep our offerings simple and authentically mission-aligned. From Natural Horsemanship to a 10-acre certified-organic farm, our Outdoor Leadership Steward program to our many four-legged furry graduates, your support ensures that Midland is a unique boarding school unlike any other.

Ways to Give

You can give to Midland’s Annual Fund by mailing a check or money order, payable to Midland School, to:

Midland School ℅ Advancement
PO Box 8, Los Olivos, CA 93441

You can donate using a credit card using this link.

We are thrilled to add PayPal to our list of ways to give.
Click here to donate via our PayPal giving page or search for us @MidlandSchool 

To donate please find us on Venmo @Midland_School or scan the QR code below:

Midland School is pleased to receive donations via wire transfer. Please view our wiring instructions for additional information on how to wire funds and contact the Advancement Office with any questions via or (805) 688-5114

Please direct your Financial Advisor to send your gift to the account below. Be sure to let us know it is coming so we can ensure proper acknowledgement of your generosity!

Edward Jones Investment Company
Manager: Kelly Hunziker
650 Alamo Pintado Road, Suite 202, Solvang, CA 93463

Edward Jones Account #: 860-10426
Phone: 800-755-9879
DTC#: 0057
FBO: Midland School Corporation
Midland Federal Tax ID (EIN): 95-1684072

Planned Giving

Over the years, Midland School has benefitted from the generous legacy planning of many alums and friends of the school. We are so grateful for those who plan ahead to contribute to the continued legacy of supporting students to truly live their education. 

If you include Midland School in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Midland School
Address: PO Box 8, Los Olivos, CA 93441
Federal Tax ID Number: #95-1684072

A donor-advised fund, or DAF, is like a charitable investment account for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations you care about. Establish a Giving Account and then donate cash, stocks, or non-publicly traded assets such as private business interests, cryptocurrency, and private company stock to be eligible for an immediate tax deduction.

Midland can be a total or partial beneficiary of an existing whole-life insurance policy, or a new policy may be taken out for this purpose.

Leaving your legacy through planned giving. Leaving a planned gift to Midland in your will makes a lasting impact for generations of Midlanders to come. With a variety of structures available, planned gifts can provide income to you and your family while offering tax advantages and flexibility should your circumstances change. Gifts can be tailored to your needs by taking into account your age, the amount you would like to give and your assets. We welcome the opportunity to help you determine the type of gift that best suits your financial plans in conjunction with you and your financial advisor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below to read answers to some of the most frequent queries about giving to support Midland School.

Your financial contribution to Midland’s Annual Fund supports the people and programs that make Midland the incredible school that it is: talented teachers, small and engaging classes, mission-aligned programs like Outdoor Leadership and Natural Horsemanship, and enriching arts and athletics programs. Each year, approximately 8% of the operating budget comes from your contributions to the Annual Fund that directly supports every aspect of school life. Midland relies on a combination of tuition, charitable donations, and endowment income to balance its annual budget.

Not without looking significantly different; about 10% of our annual budget comes from the Annual Fund each year! Midland would be less innovative in our approach to education. Essentials like low student-to-teacher ratios, faculty and curriculum development, unique extracurriculars – all integral components to our experiential and place-based program would be compromised. Charitable gifts are a necessary part of every independent school’s healthy financial profile.

Yes. We know every family makes financial sacrifices to pay their tuition and it is still important for every member of our community to participate in Midland’s Annual Fund at a level that feels comfortable to them. A higher percentage of giving from our parents demonstrates to outside organizations, who may be interested in awarding us grants, that our families are invested in the future and mission of Midland School.

Yes! We are grateful to the many corporations who support Midland’s Annual Fund through matching gifts. Please inquire with your employer to see if they are able to match your gift to Midland.

Ideally, our community identifies Midland as one of their top philanthropic priorities and recognizes that their contributions make a significant impact in Midland’s community. Gifts to Midland’s Annual Fund range from $25 to over $25,000. Every gift ensures that we raise the necessary additional funds for our students, above and beyond what tuition covers to support our programs, faculty, and facilities. As an added bonus, your participation encourages others to give and sends a message to our community that Midland matters. Every gift counts!

An endowment is a permanent fund that is invested and generates interest or dividend income annually. Midland has established an endowment. A portion of the income is spent each year, with the remainder being reinvested in order to achieve growth of the principal. Gifts to the general endowment provide the school with the greatest flexibility. Midland is able to spend the income from the endowment to meet the greatest needs of the school.

Annual Fund Giving Levels

Head of School Circle $50,000 and above
Squibb Society $25,000 – $49,999
Valley Oaks $10,000 – $24,999
Blue Oaks $5,000 – $9,999
Coast Live Oaks $1,000 – $4,999
Manzanita $500 – $999
Sycamore Gifts up to $499
Acorns Alum donors who graduated in the last decade

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