A Fully Engaged Community

We are committed to inspiring a strong culture of philanthropy and community engagement, which are essential elements in supporting high quality, education and the healthy growth of our school.

Our strength stems from our community: our dedicated faculty and staff, our shared belief in the Waldorf curriculum and underlying philosophy, and the commitment of our families.

City Garden School relies on the support of individuals and organizations who want to further our vision. The Garden Fund (our annual fund) allows CGS to say “yes” to good ideas now and ensure continued growth as a strong academic, artistic, and social foundation in which each student cultivates a capacity for independent thinking, compassionate feeling, and responsible action.

By donating to the Garden Fund, you are helping to kickstart initiatives with the human and financial capital to build momentum and develop sustainable programs with lasting impact and engagement.

City Garden School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and depends upon the generous support from each family and the community in the form of tuition, gifts, and volunteer hours. Your tax-deductible, contribution to the Garden Fund helps to fill the gap in the operating budget and pay for equipment, facilities and utilities, and faculty and staff salaries. Your generous support ensures that City Garden School will continue to grow and thrive in the coming year. Together we are creating something very special for our children and for future generations–a place where each individual can realize his and her full potential through goodness, beauty and truth.

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A word from Katy Shaffer, Interim Director

My first day in the woods with City Garden students was a magical experience. I saw teachers laughing and playing with their students under a Wintergreen canopy. I saw sticks become wands, and children carefully gathered around a campfire. I saw mesmerizing chalkboard art and special forest treasures collected by the teachers and students. I saw a student-made (and manned) rock quarry. Besides what I was seeing, I could feel the vibrant energy of the children from the tips of the trees through the breeze and smoke and around the hiking paths.

That day, I was awakened to just how powerful a compassionate, Waldorf-inspired, outdoor school is for children. I was a witness to nature immersion education and believe deeply that every child should get to experience learning this way. City Garden has figured out that by approaching education in this manner, we are cultivating a holistic experience for our future generation. The founders of CGS are still deeply involved in the mission of the school, serving as teachers and parents. Great effort, and donations of money and time, have been poured into the school by our staff, Board of Directors, family, and friends. The City Garden School community has been intentionally fostered and tended to grow in a responsible, compassionate, and generous manner. I am especially grateful to be with City Garden on the cusp of a very exciting and transformative time. I am also inspired by the generosity of the families, faculty, and friends of CGS who make giving to our school a priority. Every donation, big and small, helps further our mission and transform the lives of Mid-Missouri youth. I want to thank you for your continued support of and dedication to Waldorf and outdoor education!

By participating in school events, volunteering time and energy, and supporting fundraising initiatives, our community shows its support for our school and programs. There are school fundraising, special events, publications, and alumni relations opportunities. We welcome your interest and participation.

*City Garden School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

When you participate in this nourishing community, you help ensure a stable learning environment for generations to live wisely and lovingly on Earth. Generous tax-deductible donations are necessary to meet the gap between program fees and expenses. Your generosity models striving for the highest good to the children and deeply inform their path.


$50 = Supplies plants for our community gardens

$100 = Helps a teacher purchase art supplies for the classroom

$250 = Supports the field trip budget for more outside of class learning opportunities

$500 = Provides classroom furniture and materials for two children

$1000 = Sends one teacher to summer training intensive

$2500 = Begins our playground construction at our new location

$7000 = Gives a deserving child one year of an education to last a lifetime

$50,000 = Is a lead gift that founds and grounds the school

Why Should I Consider a Recurring Gift?

A monthly or annual commitment can help you keep track of your giving, cut down on annual solicitations, and ensure that you continue to support CGS each and every fiscal year. Many people find recurring gifts to be the easiest way to support the school and mission that are so meaningful to them.

How Can I Use a Matching Gift to Make the Most Impact?

If you work for a company that matches employee gifts to nonprofit organizations, your donation may be doubled. If you already have a matching gift form or web application from your employer, please follow the instructions, fill it out and return it to us. If you don’t know if your company has a matching gift policy, check with your Human Resource department.

"How wonderful it is that

nobody need wait a single moment

before starting to improve the world."

-Anne Frank

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