The principle of a class sponsorship is as simple as it is meaningful: a private person, family or school class takes on a sponsorship for a school class at a Waldorf school abroad that needs support. In many countries Waldorf schools do not receive any state support. Since the schools have to finance themselves through school fees, many families with low incomes face insurmountable problems. The donations from class sponsorships enable these Waldorf schools to take in children, regardless of whether the parents can afford the school fees.
The amount of the regular donation can be freely chosen. If, for example, each child in a school class contributes 2 € per month to the class sponsorship, this quickly adds up to 50 € per month and 600 € per year. In most countries, this is already a lot of money with which a lot of good can be done. We reliably pass on 100% of the money donated to the schools.
Class sponsorships are also very enriching - they provide an insight into another world. Most of the time, the sponsors and the school class send short letters back and forth to each other and we always enjoy observing how people from different countries exchange, inspire and "befriend" each other.
As a private person, company or circle of friends, a class sponsorship enables you to accompany an entire school class in its development process. In this way, you receive news from the entire class and gain a variety of impressions.
The concept of class sponsorships is also ideal for a domestic school class to take over as a collective. In this case, either small individual amounts are collected by the parents or the pupils themselves become active and organise events where donations are collected specifically for a sponsor class. This type of sponsorship also enables the children to engage in a regular cultural and linguistic exchange, to show global solidarity, to exercise responsibility and to broaden their horizons in many ways. For further information please refer to our Flyer on class sponsorships (only available in German) and to some sponsor's experience reports.
You can take on an educational sponsorship as a private person or family, as well as in the circle of school classes, kindergarten groups, companies, clubs, friends, etc.
Our agreement with the schools is that education sponsorship donations benefit children and classes whose families cannot afford the school fees on their own. Our guiding principle is support in the sense of equality of opportunities: Even if an educational sponsorship could not be established for all children in need, they can continue to attend the school. The educational donations are distributed fairly to benefit the entire school community.
We always pass on 100 % of our donations.
To keep administrative costs as low as possible, we recommend issuing a SEPA direct debit mandate. This is easily done online. Another option is to set up a standing order, specifying the corresponding purpose of use. Please contact us briefly before placing such an order.
In both cases you are not entering into any contractual obligation and you can change or cancel your monthly donation at any time by telephone or in writing without giving reasons.
Since 1976, the Friends of Waldorf Education have been campaigning for a free education system. Donations are collected for the support of Waldorf education all over the world and forwarded 100 % to Waldorf initiatives.
For the Friends of Waldorf Education, maintaining 100% donation forwarding means that the work, i.e. donation administration, forwarding, project support and public relations work are not automatically secured. Usually, development aid organisations deduct 15 - 20 % of the donations received for administration. This principle contradicts our approach to work, because we want to leave every person the freedom of choice to also support our work.
The Friends of Waldorf Education are mainly supported by members, sponsors, individual donors and foundation funds. It has not always been easy to cover all the costs. In recent years, the number of enquiries, the volume of donations forwarded as well as administrative tasks and public relations work have increased considerably. However, the Friends could continue to work well if donors who choose to do so would contribute an additional 10% to their donation to the Friends' work. We have developed the 10% campaign from this idea.
We are very happy if you decide to participate in the 10% campaign in the donation form. You can also cancel this option at any time without notice, regardless of any other donations.
Yes, your donation for the education sponsorship is tax deductible. At the beginning of each year, we will send you the donation receipt for the previous year. However, if a group (e.g. friends, pupils, colleagues) decides to take on a sponsorship, it is usually a collection of numerous individual amounts for which we are unfortunately unable to issue a donation receipt.
Please Note: The tax receipt is only valid for Germany. Unfortunately we are not able to issue tax-deductible donation receipts for sponsors from abroad.
Within the framework of an educational sponsorship, the schools usually send small reports about the institution twice a year, photos of the sponsored class, as well as a letter written by the children themselves, if they are able to do so. Correspondence takes place in German or English, depending on the institution. If correspondence in English is important to you, please let us know beforehand.
You are also welcome to contact the local institution on your own. Correspondence is a wonderful way to learn more about life and the situation on site. We will be happy to forward you the relevant email address and postal address of the local contact person.
Long postal routes
If you and your godchild want to send letters to each other by post, we would like to point out that it can take some time for the letters to arrive due to the sometimes very long distances to the children's home countries. Please allow six to eight weeks for the letters to arrive. In rare cases, the mail unfortunately gets lost in transit. In addition, due to their young age, many children are not yet able to write letters in English or German. Communication is therefore handled by teachers or school staff.
Unreliable internet connections
As not every school has permanent access to a reliable internet connection, you may have to be patient even when writing an email until you receive a reply.
Children leave the institution
In some cases, families may unexpectedly and abruptly leave town, change their place of residence or children may no longer attend the school for other reasons unknown to us. Occasionally, this information reaches the sponsors and us only after a time delay.
If you are not satisfied with the communication from the school, please contact us immediately!
An educational sponsorship usually runs until the respective sponsored child or class leaves the respective institution, usually due to a successful graduation, in individual cases due to unforeseen circumstances. In any case, the institution is obliged to inform us and you immediately of any changes.
Should a sponsorship end, we will be happy to discuss with you whether the continued support of the school through another educational sponsorship is desired in the future.