The Flower of Life Annual Fund
We welcome your collaboration as we rise to meet the greatest human need of the 21st century- the need to learn from our living earth, it's community of life, and allow it to guide our participation in the vast intelligence of the biosphere....
School of Living Arts is a non-profit organization, and your donation is tax deductible
Why does the School of Living Arts need an annual fund?
Because it takes a community of helping hands to support a healthy, diverse learning community at SOLA, and to maintain an affordable, sliding-scale fee schedule that is attuned to the diverse economic needs of both current and potential enrollees at School of Living Arts. As with any healthy ecology, diversity is essential to the over-all richness and vitality of SOLA. When a family is called to enroll their child here, we do all we can to offer access, regardless of economic circumstances.
Our sliding scale fees cover only a portion of our operating costs. Rather than increasing our fees and narrowing access to our programs, we choose instead to engage the Spirit of Giving within our learning community, and work to develop and refine the supportive cottage industries that operate at SOLA and Sacred Mountain Sanctuary.
How do I determine my level of support, or ask others for their support?
The answer to this query lives inside you, and rather than prescribing specific pathways, we ask all currently enrolled School of Living Arts families to deeply contemplate and recognize the many ways that our program nourishes and supports their child and family. We offer the following heart-centered questions to assist you as you engage your own inner process of recognition. Allow your answers to these questions to guide your conversations with others as you invite their participation:
How does my child (niece, grandchild, young friend) express his/her passion, eagerness joy for his/her learning experiences at School of Living Arts?
How might I support and acknowledge SOLA educators as they strive to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and understanding in their teaching relationships?
How does the magic and beauty of Sacred Mountain Sanctuary, and the SOLA campus touch my heart when I attend a festival or SOLA gathering?
How has my family's participation in SOLA programs expanded our community of support, or enriched our sense of belonging?
How can I reciprocate in a way that reflects my recognition of value, while honoring my family's economic comfort?
Who else- grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends, fellow educators- can I invite to offer a gift in support of my or another child's learning journey at SOLA?
Where does School of living arts receive other economic support?
SOLA (and all SMS programs) practices an emergent form of reciprocal economics, whereby program fees are one of several other resource streams that nourish SOLA programs. Our goal is to achieve a three-fold economic support system, within which SOLA programming fees, income from on-site cottage industries, and gifts/donations are equitably balanced to create a healthy, flowing ‘economy-as-ecology’. In keeping with the impulse of three-folding, we are striving to expand our community of support, gift campaign relationships, and to develop the supportive industries that operate at SMS and SOLA including cabin rentals, land leases to partner programs, biodynamic, herbal, and value-added farm products, and handicrafts. Diversified income streams help non-profits to create longevity and strength.
Can I claim my gift as a tax deduction?
Absolutely! SMS is a 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible. We will send an acknowledgement of your gift to the addresses you provide for your personal tax use.