Annual Fund


The 2018-2019 Annual Fund Drive Has Started!

Why does the MLS PTO have an Annual Fund Campaign?
The funds raised yearly through the Annual Fund Campaign support the operating budget that enables the MLS PTO to offer activities, experiences, and learning tools that enhance the Meriwether experience beyond what the Albemarle County budget provides.  

What percentage of my annual fund dollars gets to my child?
The sole purpose of the annual fund is to benefit students through curriculum enrichment (teaching aids, computers and software, fine arts, sports, science and math aids, new textbooks, and seminar fees to keep MLS teachers up-to-date on the latest techniques for helping students with learning differences). 100% of these funds directly impact the students.

How can I donate?
It’s easy to donate online at using your Visa or Mastercard.  Cash and checks are also accepted. Cash and checks are accepted via backpack mail, US Mail or in person at the school office; please make checks payable to MLS PTO. To receive a tax deduction for this year, gifts must be postmarked before January 1st, 2018.

Are all parents asked to contribute?
All parents are asked to contribute at whatever level they can afford. In the past, individual gifts have ranged from $5 to $5,000. In addition, every MLS employee, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents and friends in the community are invited to participate.

I can’t afford a big gift; therefore, I feel hesitant to send a small contribution.
Every gift counts! The primary goal of the Annual Fund is the percentage of participation of our families, staff, and community - not a specific dollar amount. Your gift, regardless of the amount, demonstrates your support for our village at MLES.

Are annual fund gifts eligible for my company’s “matching gifts” program?
In most cases, yes. Please check with your company or contact the Annual Fund Chair, Laura Ege, at or 434-906-9325 if you have questions.

How is the Annual Fund Campaign different from a capital campaign?
A capital campaign is conducted to raise money to fund a specific project such as construction of a gymnasium, school renovation or extensive equipment purchases. The amount of money raised each year in the Annual Fund Campaign helps the MLS PTO provide support for equipment and programs that extend beyond the funds that are provided by Albemarle County.

Questions?  Contact the Annual Fund Chair, Laura Ege (

The Annual Fund Campaign is a direct-donation fundraising effort, taking place each fall; funds are used to support the school’s strategic priorities.  Every gift of any size is welcome and appreciated.  Together we can do great things for MLS!

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