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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the backbone of our fundraising efforts. It’s what helps us sustain our high standards and offer an exceptional education to our students. It also allows us to keep tuition affordable for families bridging the gap between the actual cost of running our school and tuition. The Annual Fund helps to:

  • Offer competitive salaries and professional development opportunities to retain and attract the highest caliber teachers
  • Update and expand our academic curriculum and offer a wide array of extracurricular activities
  • Maintain reasonable and competitive tuition levels
  • Support tuition assistance for our families
  • Upgrade technology, purchase educational materials, and maintain facilities
  • And sustain the vitality of our school on a daily basis

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You can donate via Venmo using @HMS1972 or you can donate securely online with a one-time or monthly gift. Donate Here.

The Wheeler Fund

Created by founder and longtime Head of School Tonia Wheeler, the Wheeler Fund was established for the express purpose of “providing financial support and incentive for members of the Hilltop faculty and staff to avail themselves to creative opportunities for growth and learning, personally and professionally, beyond the Montessori realm.” It is Tonia’s belief that the quality and sustainability of a school begins and ends with the quality and sustainability of its staff. 

For Tonia, the key is to inspire and support lifelong learning. Teachers and staff at Hilltop must be given the time and the means by which to reflect, to replenish, to explore, and to dig deeper into their passions. Ultimately, the beneficiary of such continuing inquiry will be the Hilltop community in its entirety. Gifts to the Wheeler Fund directly help to recognize, acknowledge, and encourage the amazing dedication of our teachers and staff at Hilltop.

Capital Gifts

Throughout our history, Hilltop has raised funds for major capital initiatives that require large sums of money above and beyond our yearly operating budget. Generous giving to the Capital Campaign enabled us to build our brand new school and renovate our old ‘barn’ into a state of the art performance, music and athletic facility. Additionally we will launch a Capital Campaign to build an endowment to further secure the future of our school and to offer additional financial aid. For more information about Development initiatives, please contact Erin Wessel at 802.257.0500 ext. 3 or [email protected].


Our volunteers are one of our greatest assets. Gardening and carpentry projects on campus, setting up and preparing food for events, chaperoning field trips and for sports, writing notes and sharing testimonials for fundraising letters, spreading woodchips in the playground: these are just a few of the ways parents donate their time to Hilltop.

When families flex their philanthropic muscle by donating financially and/or volunteering, they not only model that behavior to their children – spurring the cycle of giving to all kinds of causes for generations; they also demonstrate their commitment to and appreciation for Hilltop.

Contact Erin Wessel, our Development Director, at 802.257.0500 ext. 3 or [email protected]