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Make a Donation to New Vistas

There are several ways that you support New Vistas School and our mission. Below are just a few of the ways you can help.

Annual Fund
Gifts in Kind
Endowed Fund

Donations can be made by contacting Sally James, Development Director, at (434) 846-0301 or by making an Online Donation.

Tax Credits

 When considering a gift to New Vistas School, please note that your gift may qualify you to receive 65% of the gift amount in Virginia state tax credits.  Individual donations must be a minimum of $500 and corporate donations must be a minimum of  $616 (donations may be cash, merchandise, rent/lease facility, professional services, stock, real estate, other property, contracting services, etc).  This opportunity is made possible through the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education’s Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program for Education.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the primary funding source for items not covered by tuition, including teacher salaries, academic supplies, financial assistance, professional development, building and grounds maintenance, and special programs, including music, art, drama, technology, and field trips.

Your gift to the Annual Fund allows students with learning difficulties an opportunity to succeed in a smaller academic setting, while developing the confidence and social skills that are necessary for continued growth in the mainstream academic and work environments.

The 2021-2022 Annual Giving Campaign began July 1, 2021 and will run through June 30, 2022. A contribution to New Vistas School may be tax deductible as allowed by law. Gifts can be made by cash, check, credit card, or in the form of shares of stock or mutual funds. Please call Sally James, Development Director, at (434) 846-0301 for stock transfer instructions.

Levels of Giving

  • Summa Cum Laude $5,000 and Up
  • Magna Cum Laude $1,000 to $4,999
  • Cum Laude $500 to $999
  • Dean’s List $250 to $499
  • Merit Award $100 to $249
  • Honor Roll Up to $99


Memorial/Honor Gifts
Your gift may be designated in honor or in memory of someone special. A notification of your memorial/honor gift will be sent to the person(s) of your choice.

Matching Gifts
Your personal gift to the school may be maximized if your employer participates in a matching gift program.

Restricted Gifts
Your gift may be restricted to scholarship assistance.

Gifts in Kind
Donations of all kinds are welcome. Please check with the administration office first on what specific needs New Vistas School is trying to fill or if you have something in particular in mind that you would like to donate to the school.

Endowed Fund
The Lucy Guggenheimer Ross Scholarship Fund

In 2001, the New Vistas School Board of Directors established an endowed scholarship fund, created by Rosel and Elliot Schewel to honor New Vistas director and founder, Lucy Guggenheimer Ross. The fund will provide a perpetual honor for Lucy and makes a New Vistas education financially accessible for more families. The scholarship fund, established with a gift of $300,000, is administered by The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation.

Those who wish to contribute may contact the Foundation at (434) 845-6530.

Please contact Sally James, Development Director, for more information or to answer any of your questions at:(434) 846-0301 Ext. 17.