If Shore was run in a more businesslike way, couldn't the school charge more and avoid having to ask for gifts?
A for-profit business, whose mission is to make money, is not an appropriate model for a school whose mission is to provide children with an excellent education. By nature, a top-notch school like Shore is labor intensive and people-oriented. Combining classrooms or reducing staff is not an option for Shore. Faculty salaries and benefits drive the cost of the education. To offer competitive salaries, to recruit and retain the finest faculty, and to fund the programs you want your children to experience, Shore depends on charitable gifts to The Shore Fund.