Your Gift Helps Cultivate Independent, Engaged and Creative Thinkers!

The Waldorf School at Moraine farm was founded in 1986 in the Gloucester home of Roswitha Trayes, as the Cape Ann Waldorf School, which would later become Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.

Donor support helps Waldorf School at Moraine Farm students and community learn to engage in the world and contribute meaningfully to society. Thanks to our donors, each year our student body reflects a range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Our goal is to provide a Waldorf education to anyone who truly desires it; therefore, our community is more economically diverse than other independent schools on the North Shore. Since its inception, the School has partnered with the House of Peace in Ipswich, and offered several full scholarships to children whose families have fled war-torn countries such as Vietnam, Afghanistan, Serbia, and Iraq.

We have 115 students enrolled in Nursery through 8th grade. Of that, 24% of the students identify as ethnic/racial minorities. During the 15/16 school year, 47% of our families participated in the Tuition Adjustment program, therefore paying less than our standard rate of tuition. Our thorough admissions process allows us to determine how effectively we will be able to meet students whose learning needs exceed the range of expectation within the classroom setting. In close coordination with our Educational Support Committee and our Learning Support Liaison, we are able to meet some students whose modes of learning require additional support within and outside of the classroom.

Donate Online

Donate today through Mightycause, a secure online fundraising tool.

Dinner For Two Anywhere in the World Raffle

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is once again launching its exciting spring fundraiser.

Raffle drawing has been moved to June 2. Raffle tickets can still be purchased through May!

“It is our hope that, many years from now, as students, parents and faculty walk the grounds of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, they will look at all that has come before them with the same sense of gratitude that we do today. They will know that someone cared enough to be a steward of the gifts they received, and thought enough to pass them on.”

- Chris Dowley, Parent of Class 2015 -

Annual Fund

Each year the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm raises funds to support annual operations. Our Annual Fund helps to close the gap between tuition revenue and operating expenses. Gifts to the Annual Fund make our tuition assistance programs possible, provide compensation increases for our dedicated teachers, and help us to care for our buildings and grounds. We hope that a gift to the Annual Fund is a core commitment of every donor. Sustaining monthly gifts are welcomed.

Participation in the Annual Fund is an expression of confidence in our proven, holistic academic program and, on a fundamental level, allows for the practical work of the school to be maintained. Your expression of gratitude brings flexible resources to bridge the gap between tuition income and operating expenses, and allows the school to advance exciting new programs such as the Nature in Science Program, and the Nature Kindergarten.We ask for your help to sustain our forward-looking mission.

Enhancement Fund

Each year the school raises funds to support special projects to improve the school.

The 2016-2017 Patio Project included the hardscaping and plantings for a welcoming gathering space along the school’s entry path and just outside the common space.

The 2015-2016 Roof Renovation Project allowed the school to invest in a stronger and more efficient roof that will withstand future winters like the one we experienced in 2014.

Other Ways to Give

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Recognize a loved one through a memorial gift. Honor someone or their accomplishment as a wonderful way to support Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. For tribute gifts, we send a personal card letting the honoree know a gift has been made in their honor. For memorial gifts, we can mail a card to whomever you chose.

Gift Annuity
Charitable Gift Annuity

Receive a fixed payout and significant tax benefits. With a charitable gift annuity, you can transfer assets to the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm now and receive an income for life. This is a simple contract between the donor and the school that pays a guaranteed fixed sum each year for the life of one or more beneficiaries. The donor must be 60 years of age or older. The minimum amount to establish a charitable gift annuity is $5,000.

Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity

Donors younger than 60 years may establish this type of annuity whereby they build retirement earnings for the future at the same time that they ensure support for the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. The longer you defer payments, the higher the effective rate you will receive.

Outright Gift

Maximize your charitable deduction and deliver immediate benefits by writing a check, using a credit card or wire transfer your gift.

Pledge/Installment Giving

Set up a recurring gift monthly or yearly.

Employer Matching Gifts

If you work for a company that matches employee gifts to cultural organizations, your donation might 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.

Donor Advised Fund

Giving through your donor advised fund is another way you can support us. Donor advised funds can help manage your charitable giving, assist in tax benefits, and increase the impact of your gift.

Gifts of Stock and Securities

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm welcomes gifts of stock and securities. All such gifts are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. To donate stock, please first contact the Business Manager at to inform us of the name of the securities you intend to transfer and the approximate dollar amount of the transfer or number of shares. This information is greatly appreciated and will ensure we can accurately process and properly recognize your generous contribution.

While Waldorf will issue an acknowledgement letter to you following the transfer, please be sure to consult your tax accountant for the specific tax benefits you may receive for your contribution.

Business Sponsors

Your business support will be promoted through our events.  Let the community know that you support a Waldorf education. Some of our current and past business sponsors include:

  • Atlas GlenMor
  • Matt (’96) and Dave Araneo from Araneo Landworks, Inc.
  • Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies
  • People’s United Bank

Planned Giving

Investing in the Future. When there is a will, there is a way!

Including Waldorf School at Moraine Farm in your bequest or other estate plans ensures that the educational priorities you care about today will continue to receive financial support in the future.


Estate Gifts

Join the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm Legacy Society by putting our school in your will.  When the School receives your gift, it is applied to the purpose(s) you specify.

Gifts of Retirement Plans

Retirement savings are potentially the most tax-burdened assets that one may own, often subject to both income and estate tax. The balance of your retirement plan may be worth more when donated to Waldorf School at Moraine Farm than to your beneficiaries. After your lifetime, the remainder of your plan (IRA, 401(k) or other qualified plan) passes to the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm  tax-free.

Appreciated Securities or Mutual Fund Shares

When you donate an appreciated security that you have owned for more than one year, you receive a charitable income tax deduction for its full market value and avoid paying capital gains tax on the increase in value of the stock since you purchased it. If you are interested in making a gift of stock or mutual funds, please contact the business office and we will assist you in this transaction and answer any questions you may have.

Life Insurance
New Policy

You can fund a future gift from your income instead of capital by naming Waldorf School at Moraine Farm as owner and beneficiary of a policy insuring your life.  Your gifts offsetting our premium payments are fully deductible.

Paid-Up Policy

Transfer ownership of a paid-up life insurance policy whose coverage you no longer need. The Waldorf School at Moraine Farm uses it now or maintains it and receives the death benefit later.

Charitable Trust
A Charitable Remainder Trust

Through a charitable remainder trust, you can transfer assets to a trust that provides an income stream to you and/or your beneficiaries for life or a set number of years (no more than 20 years).  The assets remaining after the trust ends will be distributed to one or more charities of your choice.

A Charitable Lead Trust 

Discover an innovative way to pass appreciating assets on to family members while making gifts in the interim.  This is essentially a charitable remainder trust in reverse—it pays income to the charities you choose for a designated period of time or life expectancy and then passes the remaining assets back to the donor or beneficiaries after the time lapses.

Volunteer at the Waldorf School at Moraine Farm

Volunteer service built Waldorf School at Moraine Farm.  Our students and families enjoy the quality education, rich traditions and beautiful environment of Waldorf School at Moraine Farm today because of the hard work and dedication of hundreds of families who came before them.  Volunteer opportunities abound and we can vouch for the sense of satisfaction experienced when a group of people give freely of their time to projects and activities that help to strengthen our school.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Classroom support
  • Gardening
  • Marketing and admissions support
  • Event planning
  • Open house greeters

Get in touch with the school to share your talents and enthusiasm.

Online Shopping that Gives

It’s easy to give money to the school when you use the following online shopping sites.  

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is exactly like Amazon, but when you shop, 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases are donated to the charitable organization of your choice. Choose Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, and we will receive a check. It’s a small percentage, but every bit helps!


MightyNest’s dual mission is to help families create healthy homes AND raise money for schools. Their products include reusable lunch gear, body care, cleaning supplies, kitchenwares and more. 15% of every purchase is donated to our school.