VVS Foundation Board (VVSF)

The Verde Valley School Foundation and the Endowment Fund

The Verde Valley School Foundation (the Foundation or VVSF) is a separate entity from Verde Valley School (VVS). Like VVS, the Foundation is an incorporated, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to financially support the School. The sole mission of the Foundation is to build and maintain an endowment fund for the purpose of ensuring the School’s long term financial health. The Foundation is governed by an independent board of trustees, although three of its members also serve on the board of trustees of the School.

For so many of us, our lives have been deeply touched by our connection to VVS —  enduring memories, life-lessons, friendships… and the indelible image of those amazing red rocks. The school’s ongoing vision of helping to create useful citizens for an interconnected, cooperative world is more important than ever. The VVSF endowment fund will both help carry that vision forward and gives to us, friends and family of VVS, a meaningful opportunity to become part of a powerful and important legacy that will endure far beyond our own lifetimes.

Donors wishing to prioritize the School’s immediate needs should give to the Annual Fund of Verde Valley School. The focus of the Foundation is on planned giving to support the sustainability of the school into the future. Planned giving can include bequests in wills, annuities, insurance policies, and gifts of stock. At present, stock gifts will be sold and invested in low cost socially responsible index funds unless the donor specifies otherwise. As the endowment grows, it will be able to provide additional monies for the annual fund or special projects while leaving the principal intact.

If you wish to donate to the Foundation, checks can be sent c/o Business Office, Verde Valley School, 3511 Verde Valley School Road, Sedona, AZ 86351. It is important that the check is made out to Verde Valley School Foundation. We cannot currently accept credit card payments but if you wish to make a direct deposit to our Chase account or make a gift of appreciated stock, please contact our business office at the main school number. We always want to show appreciation to our donors and ensure you receive a letter acknowledging your tax-deductible contribution.

Lastly, but very importantly, if you wish to make a bequest to the Verde Valley School Foundation in your will, sample language would be “I leave (specify donation) to Verde Valley School Foundation, 3511 Verde Valley School Road, Sedona, AZ 86351”. Depending on the state you reside in, your attorney may want to include additional language in the gift instrument.

If you wish to further discuss planned giving, please reach out to any member of the Foundation board to discuss the various ways that you can participate. The business office can supply contact information.