How You Can Help

Sustaining Excellence

The greatest joy an adult can know is the privilege of developing a child’s potential in a way that enables that child to express all that is harmonious and best in human beings. ~S. Suzuki

 

The Preucil School offers excellence in music instruction for students of all ages, and creative early childhood instruction in a caring, nurturing environment. It is more than a place to learn to play an instrument: it is a special place where young people learn important values, make lifelong friendships and flourish as musicians.

 

We know that tuition alone cannot sustain excellence or financial security. That is why your contribution is important. Your gift helps us:

  • Maintain a quality music curriculum grounded in the philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki.
  • Provide financial aid to students who could not otherwise afford private lessons.
  • Offer an early childhood education program through which young children develop an excitement for learning and experience music for the first time.
  • Attract and retain quality faculty whose wealth of knowledge and expertise makes such a difference for their students.

How We Use Your Contributions

You may choose to make an unrestricted donation (“where needed most”) or specify how you’d like your gift to be used. If you wish to add to an established financial aid fund, you can indicate your preference by selecting the fund names on the form at right. These funds include:

 

General Investment Fund

This endowed fund, established 1985, provides an ongoing and permanent source of funds for general operating expenses,  property/equipment needs. The fund includes resources from multiple sources. Income from this fund also helps offset the gap between tuition and operating expenses, bring faculty salaries to a level more commensurate with their expertise and to provide financial aid to qualifying students. Gifts totaling $1,000 or more, or in memory or honor of a loved one, can be invested in perpetuity.

Trip Investment Fund

This endowed fund provides an ongoing and permanent source of funds to cover the cost of curriculum-related travel for students. It is for restricted and designated for retention by the Board of Trustees.

Financial Aid Investment Fund

This endowed fund provides an ongoing and permanent source of funds for annual tuition costs for qualifying students. The fund is restricted to Financial Aid, designated for retention by the Board of Trustees and administered by the Financial Aid Committee.

 

Stacy L. Thompson, M.D., Memorial Fund for First-Year Students

This endowed fund provides financial aid for students new to the school. The fund was established in 2014 to honor the memory of Stacy Thompson, M.D., an accomplished local eye surgeon, dedicated community volunteer and former member of the Preucil School Guild who was killed in a tragic car accident. The fund was established by her family and loved ones. These funds are awarded to qualifying new students at the Preucil School of Music, Preucil Preschool or Music Together programs.

 

Brian Cretzmeyer Piano Fund

This endowed fund provides financial aid to cover the cost of piano lessons at the Preucil School of Music for children who might not otherwise be able to afford the cost of piano lessons. It was established by a contribution from the Brian Cretzmeyer Trust for Young Musicians, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to providing access to quality musical instruction for children, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. The Trust honors Brian Cretzmeyer, a talented musician and artist who began formal piano lessons at the Preucil School of Music at age 4. Brian entertained and inspired others with his music and played piano with great passion until his untimely death at age 29 from cancer. Brian’s mother, Linda Cretzmeyer, is a longtime member of the Preucil Guild.

 

Fund for Inclusion & Diversity in the Arts

This fund will be used as tuition assistance for under-represented students in our community who identify as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino. With this fund we hope to create a more diverse student population at the Preucil School of Music.

 

Fund investment strategy is mandated by the Board’s Funds Management Policy. Distributions from funds are mandated by the Endowment Agreement document.

Planned Giving

When you include the Preucil School in your will, trust, or general estate plans, you make a substantial contribution to our future and continuing success. Please contact Director Sonja Zeithamel at (319) 337-4156 x103 for confidential assistance in planning your gift.

 

Step 2) Click the donate button below to finalize your donation. This will take you to the PayPal Giving Fund.

Or Mail Your Donation To:

Preucil School of Music
524 N Johnson St.
Iowa City, IA 52245

Community Foundation of Johnson County

The Community Foundation of Johnson County works closely with donors and their professional adviser to find the perfect match to meet your charitable giving goals.The Preucil School of Music Global Outreach Fund is maintained by The Community Foundation of Johnson County and provides a means to contribute to specific organizations such as the Preucil School. Launched in 2000, the Community Foundation of Johnson County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds resources, manages those resources, and pays it forward through grants to local nonprofit organizations.  The Preucil School’s Global Outreach Funds at the Community Foundation are restricted to program-related scholarships and as a supplement to the Trip Endowment Fund. For more information on how to support Preucil School of Music through the Music Global Outreach Fund at the Community Foundation of Johnson County, please contact Sonja Zeithamel at 319-337-4156 or szeithamel@preucil.org.  

 

Thrivent Financial

If you’re an eligible Thrivent Financial member and have Choice Dollars® available to direct, please keep Preucil School of Music in mind. For more info or to direct Choice Dollars, call 800-847-4836 or click here.

 

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