Why Give? A Desert Garden Montessori Education is a gift for life. The school relies on tuition and donations to cover annual costs however, tuition only covers part of the cost of a DGM education. Every independent school, college and university has this gap. Donations serve to cover this annual deficit. Your donation(s) provide an educational experience that allow our children the opportunity to learn and develop in a nurturing environment dedicated to attending to the whole child including their academic, physical, psychological, intellectual and emotional well-being. Participation in annual giving is critical to the success of our school and is deeply appreciated. DGM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible! Who benefits from Annual Giving? Annual giving directly benefits the children that attend the school. These donations help support our educational programs, faculty compensation, and financial aid. DGM has many fewer donors than a university or large charity. This smaller donor base means every gift makes a big difference. Who contributes to Annual Giving? We ask that all members of the community: parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty, and staff, contribute to DGM as their means allow. Annual Giving is the major fundraiser for Desert Garden Montessori! Everyone can participate! Questions? For more information, please contact the front desk at 480.496.9833.