Support the Children’s Community School

The Collective Scholarship Fund 2018

At CCS children learn skills of mindfulness, community, inquiry, and social justice. Every day the children impress us and inspire us with their ability to come together to work collaboratively, to communicate their ideas, to solve problems together, to ask shared questions and seek shared answers. The children at CCS embody our mission by working to “build a better world” together.   

Through the Collective Scholarship Fund, we are asking our community to join in that work by donating money to support economically disenfranchised families’ access to CCS. This year we are providing nearly $50,000 in scholarship funds, enabling families that otherwise would not be able to afford tuition to attend our school.

Our goal is 100% community participation in the Collective Scholarship Fund this December. We are asking everyone to donate something—whatever amount they feel they can. All of the funds raised in this campaign will be used to provide scholarships at CCS in the next school year. We suggest a donation of $100, but even $10 helps get more families into CCS.

We have intentionally chosen to base our campaign goal around participation, instead of a numeric value. More than a specific number of dollars, what matters most is our community’s collective investment in its core values of equity and mutual support. By donating to this campaign, you put the belief that all children deserve access to high quality education, regardless of income level, into action.

In the words of the Dalai Lama, “It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.” Please click the button below to donate to the Collective Scholarship Fund. 

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Other Ways to Support CCS

Tuition Percentage Donations

Enrolled families can choose to add a small percentage to their tuition that will be automatically added on to each bill. 100% of these tax-deductible donations go to fund financial aid. And once you set it, you never have to think about it again! Email Stephanie if you’re interested in participating.

Security Deposit Donations

Every enrolled family pays a security deposit, which is returned after their child graduates. Many departing families choose to donate their security deposits back to the school their children have loved. Departing families are contacted to see if they are interested in making this tax-deductible donation.


This spring we’ll be planning a fundraising event, and we need help! If you’d like to assist, email Tessa.

Amazon Smile

Did you know you can donate a percentage of every dollar you spend at to the non-profit of your choice? It’s true! Go to, and select “Children’s Community School of West Philadelphia” as your charity. Then every time you shop, use the Amazon Smile link, and we’ll get paid, at no cost to you!

Step by step, the longest march can be won, can be won
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none
And by union what we will
Can be accomplished still
Drops of water turn a mill, singly none, singly none.
—“Step by Step,” Sweet Honey in the Rock