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Support Us

Riverview School has a long and distinguished history of philanthropic support dating back to its inception in 1957. The lasting impact of this School is reflected each year in the philanthropic investment made by friends, alumni, faculty, staff and families. Your gifts allow each new generation of students to experience a caring community where they are supported in embracing new challenges, mastering new skills, developing life-long friendships, and learning how to view themselves as capable and competent young people.

Gifts to the Annual Fund and to the Gala comprise 8% of the operating budget, and while we rely on leadership gifts to inspire us all and lay the foundation for successful fundraising, every gift of every size is essential to reaching our goals. We are grateful for the support of the entire Riverview community in sustaining and strengthening the programs and experiences that distinguish a Riverview education.

Annual Fund

Strong Funding Supports Everyone

Money raised through the Annual Fund accounts for (aprox. $700,000+) of Riverview’s annual operating budget and impacts all aspects of our community by providing:

Students & Families

• A rich array of extracurricular opportunities, which allows students to explore and develop interests and talents
• Critical financial aid
• Transition planning for families to prepare for life beyond Riverview - training and educational seminars, referrals and graduation guidance
• A growing community for alumni to connect and stay engaged

Faculty

• Equipping our classrooms and dormitories with state-of-the-art tools for engaging in unique learning experiences
• Enhancing our ability to sustain and support gifted and dedicated faculty
(through competitive compensation and professional development opportunities)
• Providing the autonomy to create and innovate across all aspects of Riverview’s educational experience.

Campus

• Continuous campus upgrades and enhancements within the dorms, classrooms and grounds
• Practical and attractive areas on campus for recreational, athletic and social gatherings

Annual Fund FAQs

What does the Annual Fund support?

Riverview’s Annual Fund provides unrestricted money for programs and experiences for our students and faculty. It allows for our Riverview community to engage in a dynamic and enriching curriculum for each and every one of our students.

Money raised through the Annual Fund is also used to fund the greatest need at any given time. In many ways, the annual fund funnels programming and enrichment through every aspect of a student’s experience here at Riverview.

Why, outside of tuition, is additional money needed?

As with many Independent schools, tuition does not cover all of the annual operating expenses for the school. Riverview relies greatly on bridging the gap between tuition and our annual operating costs. It helps to provide program enhancements and continued innovation.

Why is 100% Parent Participation important?

We hope and encourage each of our Riverview families to consider Riverview a philanthropic priority for their family.

Your participation is a vote of confidence in all that we do. Your gift helps to advance our mission to empower our faculty and students to build the strongest path towards success. It allows us to innovate and utilize new strategies to deliver individualized programming for each of our students.

What is our goal?

The primary goal of Riverview’s annual fund is to bridge the gap between what tuition provides, and the cost it takes to execute a top notch Riverview Education. More specifically, Riverview relies on raising at least $650,000- $700,000 annually in order to support the budgetary needs of the school.

How much should I give?

Individual gifts can range from anywhere between $25-$50,000. The average gift of a parent is $2,000. At Riverview we believe if everyone gives as generously as possible, for their current financial situation, then we can collectively reach our goals.

What are the dates for the Annual Fund?

Our annual fund runs July 1- June 30th, but our primary fundraising efforts for the annual fund typically runs September- December.

Are gifts to the Annual Fund tax-deductible?

Yes. Gifts to Riverview’s annual fund is considered a charitable donation and can be fully deducted within IRS regulatory limits. Please note that event tickets and raffles are not tax-deductible.

Are matching gifts important?

Yes! Many companies and employers offer charitable match donations for employees. Please contact your Human Resource department to see if your company has a matching gift program. You will receive donor credit for both the original gift and the amount of the match. Every dollar counts!

Campaign for Wellness

A successful Wellness Program requires a multidimensional approach given the vast number of components that support a healthy lifestyle and must be consistently evaluated towards developing and integrating community-wide programming. We believe an integrated wellness program will enhance the educational experience and enable students to internalize the practices and disciplines to support a healthy lifestyle that will guide them in life after Riverview.

The promise of a Riverview education is a richer, fuller life for our graduates -- a life filled with options and opportunities, underpinned by a strong, positive self-image. Our aim is to create a culture of wellness with the overall goal of helping our students to internalize healthy habits through a comprehensive and fully-integrated program, which will inform the design of a state-of-the-art gymnasium and wellness center.

As Riverview seeks to advance and assure its position as an international leader in the education of adolescents and young adults with complex needs, strengthening the Campaign for Wellness is critical to keeping our promise to each and every child in our care. Your gift in support of our goals and your confidence in our ability to meet them means a great deal to the Riverview community.

GALA

2020 Virtual Gala Sets New Record!

On Friday, June 12, 2020, Riverview School held its 22nd annual “Village of Dreams” Gala. However, this year’s event was very different than any other Gala the School had ever held.

Instead of a beautifully decorated 80x190 sq. ft. tent, flower arrangements, live music, delicious food and 400 gussied-up guests; this year’s 2,664+ attendees tuned in to watch the Gala via YouTube from the comfort of their homes. And they sure showed up! Collectively they continued to extend their support of the School’s mission of providing a caring community for adolescents and young adults with complex language, learning and cognitive challenges, and came together to raise $860,000; resulting in a Riverview Gala fundraising record!

It took a lot of out of the box thinking and reimagining to make the event the incredible success that it was. Long before the pandemic was on anyone’s radar, Riverview contracted with audio visual company, Events United, located in Derry, NH to provide A/V services at the Gala. When COVID-19 prohibited an in-person event, the company was quick to adapt and suggested that Riverview use their “Studio Lab,” a virtual event space for the Gala. Riverview then secured long-standing Gala auctioneer, John Terrio as the host.

While many other schools and non-profit organizations scrambled to create virtual events and attempted to take the standard format of their in-person events and translate those events into virtual, Riverview chose not to use most of the typical programming formalities of an in-person Gala and transformed the event into a fast-paced, fun, interactive performance-based event that included the entire Riverview community in a way that had never been done before. Riverview recognized quickly that what the community wanted (and needed) was a “celebration” and a way to come together as a community, regardless of being physically separated.

One of the most creative ways that this was done was by incorporating celebrity video plugs for the event from Rosie O’Donnell, Carly Simon and Brian Williams, and pre-recorded celebrity performances aired during the live event by Rick Astley, Sting and John Legend!

The Gala included many silent auction items donated by generous individuals, sponsorships and a raffle. This year’s raffle attracted a lot of attention. A wonderful donor bought the school a 2020 Mini Cooper to raffle off! One thousand, $50 raffle tickets were sold and the lucky winner was drawn right on stage during the live event. When the winner ended up being a current Riverview family, the Almys', it was very exciting for all.

Another way that the School tied in components that were specific and meaningful to the community, was by having students Zoom in Live throughout the evening. The Gala centered the theme of the evening around well-recognized and beloved staff member, Music Director, Greg Simpson, who playfully interacted with the celebrity performances and performed a meaningful song at the end with students dancing and singing along.

According to Stewart Miller, Head of Riverview School, “We were able cast a much wider net to include alumni, families, and Riverview friends from all over the world who wouldn’t have been able to attend an in-person event. Including the students was a very special component. Seeing them having fun, dancing and singing along with the performances, reminded everyone of exactly why our mission is so important.”

If you are interested in volunteering or donating items or experiences for the 2021 Gala and auction, please contact Erin Soderstrom at 508-888-0489 x302 or esoderstrom@riverviewschool.org

Missed it? You can still watch it HERE.

Thank you for making the event a success!

Other Ways to Give

Gifts of Stock

Making a gift of stock to Riverview is extremely valuable to us, and it just may be beneficial to you from a personal income tax perspective as well. The best stocks to donate are those that have increased greatly in value. Even if it is stock you wish to keep in your portfolio, by giving Riverview the stock and using cash to buy the same stock through your broker, you will have received the same income tax deduction but will have a new, higher basis in the stock. If you donate property that has risen in value and that you have held for more than one year, you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction. You can also take an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock. If you have stock losses, sell the stock yourself to realize the loss and take the deduction for tax purposes. Then generate a charitable contribution deduction by donating the cash proceeds of the sale to Riverview.

Please Note: When stock is received into our account the donors name is not attached. In order to properly acknowledge your gift of stock, please contact the Advancement office and let us know the name of the stock and the number of shares you will be gifting.

Please click here for Securities Transfer Instructions.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer matching gift programs for employees and their families. A matching gift can often double or triple your gift, and all matching support is credited to the individual donor. Ask your company if they will match your charitable gifts. If they do, you will need to submit their matching gift form along with your gift. Please send your matching gift form to Kate Ayson at kayson@riverviewschool.org.

Planned Giving

A planned gift certainly benefits Riverview School, and may also be financially beneficial to you. Planned gifts can generate lifelong income, convert low yielding assets into a higher income stream, obtain significant income tax deductions, and reduce or eliminate capital gains and estate taxes.

The Advancement Office accepts a variety of life-income arrangements, including Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts. We also help donors tailor bequests and structure gifts of assets such as real estate, business interests, and life insurance.

Donors often find that a combination of planned gifts produces the best results. We are happy to meet with you and your financial advisors to design the most advantageous ways of giving for you. We would appreciate learning of your gift intentions for Riverview so that we may include you in the list of Founders Society. However, should you wish to remain anonymous we are happy to honor that request.

Bequests
You may wish to consider including a gift to Riverview in your will or living trust. It’s a simple process whereby your Financial Advisor adds a clause to your will or trust. It is also flexible. You can structure the bequest as a fixed amount or a percentage of your residual estate.

Beneficiary Designations
Continue supporting our work even after your lifetime by naming Riverview School as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or insurance annuity assets.

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT)
A charitable remainder trust has two beneficiaries. In most cases, one of them is you (and possibly your spouse,) and the other is Riverview. During your lifetime you receive a set percentage of investment income from the charitable trust. After your death, Riverview then receives whatever remains in the trust. There are potentially significant tax deductions and exclusion from capital gains taxes.

Charitable Lead Trusts (CLT)
A charitable lead trust is basically the same concept as a charitable remainder trust, but in reverse. With a CLT, Riverview receives a certain percentage of investment income every year. Once you pass away, whoever you’ve named as the beneficiary (a spouse or children) receives the assets that remain. Again, there are potentially significant tax deductions and exclusion from capital gains taxes.

IRA Charitable Rollover
Charitable gifts may be rolled over from a traditional or Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without incurring federal income taxes, with certain restrictions:

  • The donor must be age 70 ½, or older
  • The cap on annual IRA rollovers is $100,000
  • The contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (no planned gifts.)

An IRA Charitable Rollover may be appropriate for you if:

  • You do not need the additional income generated by the minimum required distribution, OR
  • Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR
  • You are subject to the 2% rule that reduces your itemized deductions, OR
  • You do not itemize deductions.

Join the Founders Legacy Society
The Founders Legacy Society recognizes all those who have made a bequest provision, a life income gift, or other planned gift commitment to Riverview.

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