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Elisaveta 'Eli' Goff

Director of Development and Outreach
Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm
(518) 963-7385

2022 Annual Appeal


Lakeside School’s Annual Giving Fund is a yearlong campaign that raises funds and educates parents, extended family members, alumni and community members about its mission and current programming. Private schools typically rely on an annual fund to make up the difference between tuition income and the annual operating budget. Without government funding or consistent earnings from other sources, Lakeside School relies on its Annual Giving Fund as part of its budgeted income.


The goal of the Annual Giving Fund is to attain our financial goal of $45,000 and 100% participation from its parent body, faculty and board of directors.


At Lakeside School, each gift is valued and every contribution matters. It’s about community and participation as much as it is about reaching a specific goal. If every donor contributes according to their ability, Lakeside School will thrive. No gift is too small or too large.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Lakeside School strives to run a tight budget while also providing tuition assistance to over half of our families. Thus, these donations are essential to the success of our school. Please join these generous donors in supporting Lakeside School today! 

Your donation is tax deductible.


Gifts & Donations for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

This year, we are grateful for the support of our grant-makers and donors who's support allows us to support our community's families by offering an affordable Waldorf education during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Cloudsplitter Foundation, ($5,000) continues to fund our Tuition Assistance Program for a second year in a row. 

The Glenn & Carol Pearsall Foundation joined the Lakeside School community this year with a $1,000 donation for a Mountain Tots teacher. This gift will enable us to provide outdoor programming for parents and children during COVID pandemic at a reduced cost to parents.


2019-2020 Gifts & Donations

The following organizations provided funding for general operations and support:

A huge thank you to the Adirondack Foundation's Special and Urgent Needs COVID-19 Relief (SUN) Fund for supporting us beyond our initial ask to ensure that we are able to continue a rich and engaging distance learning program for even our youngest students and their families. Lakeside School is grateful for their continued support of our programs.

In 2020 alone, Lakeside School received grants from the other Adirondack Foundation charitable funds: 

In 2019, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

In 2018, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

In 2017, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

In 2016, Lakeside School received grants from the following:

Adirondack Garden Club  Gifts the The AGC E.L. Paine Fund Award to Lakeside School

Established in 2005 by the Essex County Adirondack Garden Club, the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund provides financial assistance to students, individuals, or not-for-profit organizations involved in programs to study and protect the natural environment. The Fund is limited to projects that will have an impact within the Essex County area of the Adirondack Park.

In 2017, Lakeside School received $1,000 to expand its year-round farm- and nature- based Sprouts Day Care program. 

In 2018, Lakeside School received $1,000 for the development of the Sprouts Day Care play yard.

In 2019, Lakeside School received $1,000 to fund Forest Exploration for Elementary students.

In 2020, Lakeside School was awarded $1,000 to hire a cleaning employee during the COVID pandemic.

International Paper Foundation Supports Outdoor Classroom Construction

The International Paper Foundation, with a local branch in Ticonderoga, generously provided $3,000 this year to finance the construction of an outdoor classroom for our Elementary Grades students.  In 2018, they donated $1,500 for the purchase of supplies to enhance the outdoor skill-building opportunities in Lakeside School's Sprouts Daycare and Pre-K/Kindergarten programs.

The foundation also donated paper supplies to the school, to the benefit of the administrator and the Elementary Pre-K/Kindergarten classes.


Stewart's Shops Holiday Match Program Contributes to Lakeside School
Fundraising and towards the Elementary Outdoor Classroom

Thank you to the Stewart's/Drake Family for the generous contribution of $2,500 for the Elementary Outdoor Classroom for the COVID-19 emergency

Stewart's Shops annual Holiday Match Program also provided another $300 donation towards Lakeside School Tuition Assistance program.


Kelsey Trust Grants Help Keep Lakeside School Accessible to All


Thanks to the continuous and generous support of The Kelsey Trust, Lakeside School is able to offer scholarships to families living in the Lake Champlain Basin. Since 2016, the Trust has awarded over $20,000 towards our Tuition Assistance Fund.

In 2017, the Kelsey Trust provided $7,500 to be used for scholarships.

In 2018, the Kelsey Trust awarded Lakeside School $10,000 towards the Sprouts program.

In 2019, the Kelsey Trust gave a total of $10,000 for both Tuition Assistance and the hiring of a third Sprouts Assistant Teacher.

The Kelsey Trust is a family foundation, established in 1988 by Sally Patrick Johnson to benefit the people and protect the environment of the Lake Champlain Basin. The Trust honors the lives and work of Robert Fleming Patrick and Jonathan Kelsey Woods. Since 1989 the Trust has worked collaboratively with the Vermont Community Foundation, which assists the Trust with its grant-making. Their giving focuses on organizations and projects that address these issues:

  • Protecting Lake Champlain and its tributaries, the Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks;

  • Addressing the educational needs of infants and children with serious educational, emotional, nutritional, and social needs, and their families;

  • Increasing educational access, incentives, and opportunities for underserved populations and non-traditional students;

  • Promoting health and well-being in underserved segments of the population, including supporting programs that provide nutrition to needy families. 

Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund Awards Professional Development Funding for Faculty and Staff

In the fall of 2016, the Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund (through the Adirondack Foundation) donated a generous $10,000 to Lakeside School so that we could hire an Assistant Teacher for our Forest and Farm Kindergarten Program. With an additional anonymous donation of $2,500, these funds help us to provide a program for ages 3.5 to 6 that allows children hands-on exploration in the forest, skill building with purposeful work, rich language development through storytelling, songs and movement, and lots of time to creatively play.

In 2017 and 2018, the Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund has continued to support Lakeside and the Pre-K/Kindergarten program. 

In 2019, the Nancy Johnson Remembrance Fund awarded the School $5000 to fund professional development opportunities for faculty. 

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