Why Your Support Is Needed

Your gift is important because LWS is a tuition-free school serving the children of Oglala Lakota County, which has one of the highest poverty rates of any county in the United States. Here, over 53.9% of its residents live below the poverty line, the unemployment rate of 80%, and the average annual income is $3,700. [NOTE: Statistics are from the 2019 US Census.]

Like all independent Waldorf schools, LWS does not receive government funding. However, unlike most Waldorf schools that rely on tuition fees to cover the majority of their expenses, our educational programs are funded primarily by foundation grants (70-75%) and from donations from individuals (25-30%). As a result, we rely significantly on gifts from individuals like you.

What Your “Annual Fund” Gift Will Support

All gifts are important. However, an unrestricted contribution to the LWS Annual Fund is our greatest need because it supports a wide range of activities. Highlights include:

Last but not least, your gift will help us to give each student an indigenous-Waldorf education that can empower them to build a positive future for themselves, their tribe, and the world beyond.

Gifts to the Campaign for Campus Expansion

Special gifts to our Campaign for Campus Expansion are also welcome. To learn more, read about our Campus Expansion Plan.

How to Make a Gift

(For donors from Germany & Switzerland, please see below.)

The IRS recognizes LWS as 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; EIN 36-3957237. All charitable gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent provided by the law.

Gifts may be designated to the:

We accept one time and recurring donations via credit card, PayPal, or check. Please use the links below to submit a donation.

Pay Online

Pay securely using the Donor Perfect website or your PayPal account. You can select to make a one time donation or a recurring monthly donation.

Mail a Check

All check should be made payable to “Lakota Waldorf School" and mailed to:

Lakota Waldorf School
P.O. Box 527
Three Mile Creek Road
Kyle, South Dakota 57752

Gifts From Germany & Switzerland

If you live in Europe, you can give through one of our affiliated organizations listed below. Please mention on your donation: Project Lakota Waldorf School.


Lakota Foundation 6000 Lucerne Switzerland.


Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e.V
Weinmeisterstr. 16
10178 Berlin Germany
Telefon: 030 – 6170 2630
Telefax: 030 – 6170 2633

Kontoinhaber: Freunde der Erziehungskunst
Kontonummer: 13 042 010
bei der GLS Bank Bochum BLZ: 430 609 67
VWZ: 4606 Lakota Waldorf School + Adr.des Spenders
Important : Vermerk = Zugunsten Lakota Waldorf School, South Dakota

IBAN DE47 4306 0967 0013 0420 10 at GLS Bank Bochum BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Please mention: 4606 Lakota Waldorf School + your address

Caŋte etaŋ wopila taŋka uŋnic’upi.
(We thank you greatly from our hearts.)
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