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Ithaca Waldorf School

Total Qualifying Score: 7
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: Yes – 0
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: Yes – 0
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


Ithaca Waldorf School
Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York 14850

County (ARC Region) Tompkins
State (ARC Region) New York


Q1. Mission:

At the Ithaca Waldorf School, students develop a sound social consciousness that provides a robust foundation for ongoing intellectual and moral growth.

The faculty and staff work enthusiastically to develop each student’s full potential.

The Ithaca Waldorf School is a thriving and dynamic center for learning in the community, offering exceptional practical arts and music programs, fostering free, innovative thinkers and inspiring within every student a reverence and stewardship for all life.


Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

We are a school dedicated to educating students who will embrace the responsibility for stewarding the environment and social relationships around them.   Each student’s capacity for courage, social justice resilience, creativity, problem-solving, and aesthetic sensitivity is nurtured and nourished.  Nestled on 80 organic acres here in Danby, students see the farm, forest & fields around them as an extended classroom.  This gives them a lifelong connection to the earth and the living beings upon it!

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: Yes

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 10/17 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 10/13 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $571,000/$672,000

Q6. Fiscal Year: July-June

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $805,000 / $692,000

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $571,000 / $672,000

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): Yes ($100,000)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($7,500)
Received From: Ithaca City School District, NYS Department of Education   Date Received: August 2020
For What Purpose(s): Social emotional learning support, increased costs for cleaning personnel, PPE materials, facilities changes necessary for COVID, air purifiers

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

We have budgeted an additional $65,000 of expenses this year because of COVID, and are confident that the costs will exceed this projected amount.   While we are currently grateful to be teaching students for full days, in-person, five days per week, we are fully aware that the campus could close because of a rise in infection rates within our county, mandating a return to remote-learning.  Our capacity to use technology for education has expanded, but it is no replacement for the in-person experience for all (teachers and students!)  

Because of the uncertainty, many families have not returned to IWS this year, resulting in a 30% reduction in enrollment.  We are operating on a VERY tight budget this year, with a projected $124,000 deficit.  Unless enrollment increases over the year, we will struggle in future years.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Budget deficit
Low enrollment
Reduced staffing (Faculty and Administrative)

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

Short and long-term financial planning – will be helpful as we move through this crisis

Fundraising strategies – in particular, determining how best to staff the necessary positions, and which grants might be best to reach for.  


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Emily Butler, Director of School Administration

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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