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Virginia Chance School holds two major fundraising asks each year: Our Fall Fund Drive and the Virginia Chance School Auction but welcomes gifts at any time. Tuition does not cover all of the costs that go into educating children here. Your gift provides for the balance of operating expenses, enhances current programs, contributes to the school's socioeconomic diversity, and strengthens Chance School for the future.
Given the importance of Giving to the pursuit of excellence at Chance School and knowing that we all have different backgrounds, we ask that you make a gift that is generous and meaningful to you. Gifts of any size make a significant impact at Chance School, and we hope you will consider making Chance School a priority in your charitable giving.

If your securities are held by a brokerage house or company, contact your broker and decide which securities and how many would be best to donate. Send Karen Linton a copy of the letter of instruction (which your broker will require). Then, have your broker contact Chance School for wire transfer instructions.

Donors often see cash gifts as the only way to support Virginia Chance School. In reality, giving securities, stock, real estate, mutual funds, or bonds may be beneficial to both you and the school.

You may benefit by:

avoiding capital gains taxes
increasing charitable deductions
lowering your estate taxes
An important note:
Always send Chance School a letter, fax, or email clearly stating the details when you are giving a gift of securities. Not only do we need this information for tax purposes, but it helps us determine which stock gift is yours and how your gift is to be used.

What makes Virginia Chance School special?

Virginia Chance School is an independent school focused on progressive education in Louisville, KY for children from age 2 through fifth grade.  As a private school in Louisville, Virginia Chance School is considered the best and the only fully dedicated early childhood education program (encompassing all of childhood up to age 11yrs) in Louisville. Chance School takes influences from Montessori, Forest School, Reggio philosophy, Project-Based Learning, Multi-Age Classroom, and Gifted and Talented Education to develop our Progressive School curriculum that stands out as best in class and is recognized nationally for its innovative program.
Virginia Chance School offers a hands-on, collaborative environment focused on building self-motivation, growth mindset, and critical thinking with integrated outdoor learning for all students. Chance School provides two lead teachers in every classroom that guide children through a dynamic and challenging progressive education program for Elementary and Preschool age children. Inside our bright, busy classrooms and outside in our magical wooded campus, students learn through hands-on discovery and master group project work. It’s an ideal place for children to develop a lifelong love of learning and connections.
A Captivating Childhood Education Awaits.


Why Give For Good?

We are asking for donations to the financial aid fund for Virginia Chance School. Families that come to us for their children find great value in the Virginia Chance School educational experience by the unique way we foster lifelong learners and develop charisma. For most families, investing in an independent school education requires careful financial planning, but for some, planning isn't enough to make Chance a reality for their child.


Virginia Chance School offers tuition assistance at the elementary level. We want to ensure that a Virginia Chance School Elementary education is accessible to students from all backgrounds, regardless of their financial resources. Having children attend from all socioeconomic backgrounds helps support an environment where children learn best, in the company of others who challenge their assumptions and offer different perspectives.


A Virginia Chance School education is valuable and sought after. We desire to help provide that education to children who are accepted into Virginia Chance School and can demonstrate the need for financial assistance. Any Chance family unable to attend for economic reasons is encouraged to apply. They are applying to receive the funds you will donate here and our future students, and we appreciate your commitment to excellence in education for all students.


Give for Good!

The campaign begins annually in the fall and ends on December 31, 2023.




Join us for the Chance Gathering for an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with a dazzling auction to benefit our Virginia Chance School students, exciting new buildings and grounds initiatives, and the Financial Aid Fund. 

Date: Friday, February 23, 2024
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm  
Location: The Olmsted
Tickets: TBD
Attire: It's up to you, get fancy or stay relaxed.
The Endowment Fund, named in memory of Miss Bettye, long-time teacher and preschool advisor Bettye Worcester, was established in 2000 to honor her love of children and commit to this progressive learning approach for future generations by ensuring the financial health of the school. These funds are invested, and only the earnings are used to support general operations in future years. Because the principle remains intact, your gift will continue giving to generations of children who will pass through these doors as a part of this fund.

As a result of this endowment, the Virginia Chance School continues to make significant investments in the best teachers, resources, and technology and maintain and expand the historic school setting to serve students better.
If you have any questions about planned giving and our Endowment Fund, please contact Karen Linton, Director of Finance, at (502)-425-6904.
With this said, it is extremely important for us to establish an endowment for Financial Aid at Chance School like other schools have. An endowment requires a significant gift to the school in order to establish one. If you believe in Chance School and want to see it through perpetuity, we hope you will consider this. We are hoping for one donor to make a launch gift to enable that dream.
Support from parents, alumni, and friends ensures that we continue to fulfill our mission and vision for years to come. Below is a list of options you might consider when making a gift to Virginia Chance School. If you are interested in learning more about these gift opportunities or have already designated Virginia Chance School as a beneficiary, please contact us to recognize your generous contribution.

Gifts of Cash
Gifts of cash may be made either outright or as a multi-year pledge. These gifts are fully deductible up to a maximum of 50 percent of the donor’s adjusted gross income.

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of securities may be made either outright or as multi-year pledges. Such gifts allow the donor to receive a charitable deduction for the full fair-market value of the security while avoiding capital gains and alternative minimum taxes on the increased value of the security.

Tangible Property
Donors may make tangible property gifts such as real estate, artwork, books, vehicles, equipment, and furniture outright to the school. Donors may avoid the capital gains tax and receive a charitable deduction for the property's full fair market value.

Matching Gifts
Many corporations will match gifts made by their employees and associates. Check with your Human Resources Department to determine whether your employer sponsors such a program.

Other Gifts
Virginia Chance School also accepts other types of gifts, including Gifts of Life Insurance, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Lead Trusts, Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, Estate, and Planned Gifts, Bequests, and Gifts in Kind.

Please consult your financial adviser or attorney to determine your ideal type of giving and learn about the added benefits, such as tax deductions, for your generous support. Thank you for considering support to Virginia Chance School!
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If you have any questions about giving to Virginia Chance School, please contact Karen Linton, Director of Finance, at (502)-425-6904 or [email protected]. Thank you for your generosity!