The Schenck School’s Annual Fund is a highlight of the fundraising year.
The School relies on contributions from trustees, faculty and staff, current and past parents, grandparents, alumni and friends to ensure that the quality of the program remains strong.
Tuition provides for the basics of the education received at The Schenck School. The margin of excellence, that which is the hallmark of the entire Scheck experience, is provided by Annual Fund gifts.
Annual Fund gifts directly impact both students and faculty. These tax-deductible gifts help support teacher salary increases, technology enhancement and critical faculty and staff professional development opportunities. Not only are the funds raised important, but high participation from parents and all constituents plays a substantial role in illustrating support to outside donors such as foundations.
||$20,000 and above
||$10,000 - $19,999
||$ 5,000 - $9,999
||$ 2,500 - $4,999
||$ 1,000 - $ 2,499
||$ 500 - $ 999
||$ 250 - $ 499
||$ 249 - $ below
1959 Club - College-age alumni and younger with a minimum gift of $19.59
Annual Fund FAQ's
What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is one of the School’s fundraising priorities. Gifts to the Annual Fund, along with income from the Auction and Gala, as well as spending from the endowment, closes the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Schenck School education. These funds enrich the intellectual, social, and personal development of every student. The Annual Fund is used for the School’s current-year operating expenses. It’s also an opportunity for those who benefit from and appreciate the mission of the School to express thanks to those who have made a difference in their lives.
Why not raise tuition?
Most independent schools cannot charge the full cost of educating students without pricing themselves out of the market and our School is no different. While tuition at The Schenck School covers the basics, it is the additional revenue received from the Annual Fund, the Auction and other activities which provide the depth and breadth of the total experience boys and girls receive at this very specialized school.
Are my gifts tax deductible?
Yes, they are – 100%. Gifts can be made by cash, check, online by credit card (/ then click on Supporting the School) and by stock transfer (see below*).
Are there other fundraising activities besides the Annual Fund at The Schenck School?
Yes. In addition to asking everyone in the School to participate in the Annual Fund, the Parents’ Association raises significant funds through the Gala and Auction held in the Spring. All proceeds from the Gala and Auction are used for current year operations, just like the Annual Fund.
What are “matching gifts”?
Some corporations match the gifts their employees contribute to nonprofit organizations. Many families in our School are able to double or triple their personal contributions through their employer’s matching gifts program. Please check with your employer to see if such a program is in place where you work.
Why is participation important?
The School’s financial strength is dependent upon the participation of all members of the School family. Your involvement generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting the School. Additionally, when we ask foundations and corporations for support, the participation rate from those we serve, both past and present, is an indicator to them that the School is strong, valued and worthy of support.
How much should we give?
You are the only one who knows how much you are able to give. We ask only that you consider The Schenck School as one of your most important philanthropic priorities.
*Can I donate stock to the Annual Fund?
Yes. This is a great way to make a gift to the School. Giving appreciated securities provides you with a tax deduction for the appreciated value of the stock without incurring capital gains tax.
If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Coleman, Director of Development, at 404-419-9813.
Annual Fund Volunteers
We are so grateful for our many wonderful volunteers who enhance the entire experience at The Schenck School! They give countless hours and complete myriad tasks, all graciously and with great cheerfulness.