your donation means the world

We are grateful for any amount and type of donation. You are truly making a difference. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you run into any questions. We are happy to assist and we thank you for your support.

donations by check

Check can be made payable to Villa Maria School and mailed to:
Villa Maria School
161 Sky Meadow Drive
Stamford, CT 06903

matching gift program

Double your donation by participating in the Matching Gift Program if one is offered by your employer. Several businesses and corporations will match the contributions made by their employees to eligible nonprofit organizations. Contact your Human Resources department for details on their participation.

gift of stock

A gift of stock has special benefits for the giver. The stock holder can avoid paying the capital gains tax for stocks that have appreciated in value. Consult with your tax preparation professional for more details about receiving tax deductions and avoiding the capital gains tax.

life income gifts

A life income gift will allow you and/or your beneficiary to retain income from assets donated, as well as make federal income tax deduction for a portion of the value (depending on the terms of the gift), while also eliminating the capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities or real estate. Charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities and other life income gifts must be arranged between you, the school and your legal and financial advisors to ensure an arrangement that is tailored to your financial circumstances.

gifts in kind

The gift can take many forms, and, in most cases, it provides a deduction equal to the fair market value of the property. If the donation is accepted and used by Villa Maria in the educational process, you are entitled to a deduction equal to the full market value. However, if the donation is not used in our educational programs, your charitable deduction will be limited to your cost basis in the property.

I’d like to take a moment to highlight some of Villa’s achievements over the past two years that could not have been possible without your ongoing support and generous giving.

• All of our teachers are now trained in PAF (an Orton-Gillingham based reading program) and SMARTS (an executive function skills program).

• Our partnership with the Bartlett Arboretum has expanded to our inclusion on the Pollinator Pathway and Monarch Butterfly Joint Venture.

• Our main entrance has been renovated, and a new STEM Lab and Art Room (with a kiln) have been created.

• The first floor was updated with new paint and carpet.

• Lunch and after school clubs now include karaoke, gardening, yoga, dance, fall sports, jewelry, board games and pickleball.

• We designed and piloted a Social, Emotional, Language and Learning (SELL) class to explicitly teach social communication and problem-solving skills.

The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts. Contributions from parents, grandparents, staff, alumni, trustees, and friends support Villa Maria’s Mission by building a necessary bridge between tuition dollars and the full cost of educating each child. Your gifts allow Villa Maria to deliver a transformative learning experience to each of our students by ensuring that Villa’s Faculty is equipped with the most up-to-date knowledge and tools to meet each child’s individual learning needs.

Every donation makes a difference and high donor participation is a testament to the strength of our community and the commitment to each student’s experience. Our unique educational mission is only possible with support from community members like you!

  • "I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate everything you have all done throughout this year. The progress our child has made in each course, the confidence and self esteem gained with the support and guidance of each of you as well as collectively as a team of teachers, has exceeded all my expectations!"
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  • “Villa transformed our son's life. As a student with apraxia of speech, an auditory processing disorder and a significant learning disability, our son has blossomed. The school's structure, including small class sizes and tailored academic and support programs, combined with strong leadership, has profoundly influenced his academic, social, and emotional growth. Villa provides a secure haven for diverse learners like our son, fostering a true sense of community. Despite a long commute, he eagerly anticipates school each day, fully engaged in the Villa community. The school excels in involving parents, with student events and regular meetings with leadership. We can't emphasize enough the positive impact Villa Maria School has had on our son and on us as parents.”
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  • "My son joined Villa's extended school year program last summer and his transition was seamless. Within days, he felt welcomed, understood, and supported by teachers and staff. Unlike his overwhelming past experiences, the small class size, OG trained teachers, and like-minded classmates at Villa Maria have led to his remarkable progress. The IEP goals are focused, progress is well-documented, and collaborative communication ensures his ongoing success. Sending him to Villa Maria School brings me joy, knowing he's thriving in a supportive environment. Being part of Villa is life-changing, and I hope more students can experience its transformative impact."
    happy villa parent
  • Villa has been the best place for my child. He has made tremendous strides, especially socially and emotionally. He has become extremely self aware and made phenomenal progress. Academically, he couldn't be doing better. His ability to manage himself and thrive is incredible.
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