2020-21 Annual Campaign

50 Reasons to Love Bala House


The mission of Bala House — “where young children discover themselves as creative, independent learners in a diverse, supportive Montessori environment” — has been the hallmark of this school for the past 50 years.

In 1969 a group of parents convinced Donna Powers, a Montessori teacher, to start a school for their preschool and kindergarten-age children. Today Bala House educates 110 students in its home behind St. Asaph’s, a space tailored to encourage children to learn through discovery play and hands-on exploration.

Bala House exists because of the generous support of its community: past and present families, grandparents, the board of trustees, staff, and surrounding businesses. This year your support will provide:

  • Financial assistance for families in need.
  • Help us to purchase new American Montessori Society-approved teaching materials.
  • Make improvements in the classrooms.

We engage in two fundraising efforts each year: the Annual Campaign and the Bala Gala & Silent Auction in May. The Annual Campaign is an opportunity for families to make a general donation, to make one for a dedicated purpose, or for a specific reason (“In honor of the wonderful teachers who helped mold my kids.”). No donation is too small, but all donations make a big difference.

The theme of the 2020-21 Annual Campaign is “50 Reasons to Love Bala House,” in honor of Bala House’s 50th anniversary. This theme is a continuation of the 2019-2020 theme that was disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please take a moment to tell us what makes Bala House special to you and your child by clicking here.

There are so many reasons to love this small Montessori school. As you think about yours, we hope you will consider giving back. Your donation is what ensures another 50 years of Bala House for future generations.


The easiest option and one that allows for one-time, monthly, quarterly, or yearly donations. Click below.

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Check or cash

Print and complete the 2020-21 Annual Campaign pledge form. Return to Bala House Montessori, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

United Way

Bala House’s donor number is 4838. Print and complete the 2020-21 Annual Campaign pledge form, check that you are donating through United Way, and return to Bala House Montessori, 27 Conshohocken State Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Stock transfer

A gift of appreciated securities, held for more than one year, may provide a more significant tax advantage than a cash gift. You avoid capital gains on the appreciation and receive a tax deduction for the stock’s fair market value. The value of the securities is the average from the high and low trading prices on the day your gift is transferred to Bala House. To make a gift in the form of a stock transfer, please contact Emily Surovick at .


The Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) for businesses has expanded to include individual tax savings through the Special Purpose Entity (SPE) program. Find out how you can take advantage of this by contacting Emily Surovick at .

Corporate Matching Gift Programs

If you or your spouse work for a company that matches charitable gifts to independent schools, the impact of your contribution can be doubled or even tripled. Ask your employer’s Human Resources department if they offer matching gifts. Return your company’s form along with your donation to Bala House.

Have questions? Please contact Emily Surovick at 610-664-6767 or .

Bala House Montessori is a 501(c) (3) federal tax-exempt organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 23-1720026.

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