Why the Annual Fund?
Each year, the school relies on contributions to provide critical support to our operating budget above and beyond tuition. Gifts to the annual fund limit our reliance on tuition and help us sustain the unique approach to education that can only be found at The New School. These gifts have an immediate and direct benefit to each student and faculty member, as well as to the quality and range of all school programs.
Our Annual Fund is made up of individual gifts, large and small, which provide the funds necessary to ensure the school maintains its high level of excellence in education and program offerings. We count on the philanthropic support from parents, grandparents, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends. No matter the size of gift, your contribution to the Annual Fund is important. Only you can help us reach our goal of 100 percent participation.
|Visionaries*||$25,000 and above|
|Leadership*||$10,000 to $24,999|
|Head of School*||$5,000 to $9,999|
|Founder*||$2,500 to $4,999|
|Guarantor*||$1,000 to $2,499|
|Benefactor||$500 to $999|
|Patron||$250 to $499|
|Sponsor||$100 to $249|
|Friend||up to $99|
*Indicates The New School Circle of Giving ($1,000 and up). Circle supporters of the Annual Fund are those dedicated parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends who give $1,000 or more in a fiscal year to the Annual Fund. There is a Circle recognition event held each year to honor these members.
- Why do we have an Annual Fund?
- Where does the money go?
- Why does The New School ask for contributions instead of increasing tuition?
- How will I be solicited?
- How much am I expected to give?
- Does my gift really make a difference?
- Do I need to send my money in right now?
The Annual Fund is critical because tuition alone does not cover the costs of operating The New School. Like other independent schools, The New School supplements costs through the Annual Fund where donations are tax deductible, unlike tuition. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recommends that 10% of an independent school's budget should be fundraising revenue.
Augmenting tuition through charitable gifts helps keep tuition at a competitive rate, provides many important programs and improvements that are essential to fulfilling our mission, while maintaining the small, close-knit community that makes The New School such a special place. It also provides an opportunity for you to receive an income tax donation on any gift to our school to the extent allowed by law.
Each gift makes a difference for our students - the only gift too small is the one not made at all. The New School also supplements financial needs through the help of outside foundations. These foundations want to see a school that has strong giving from constituencies. It is key that every single parent give to the Annual Fund - strong support on the "inside" leads to even more support on the "outside".
No, you can pledge your gift now and indicate a payment schedule that is most convenient for you. We will be happy to remind you when your pledge is due. Our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. A gift now or pledge to be paid by May 31st will save us from contacting you again regarding the Annual Fund this fiscal year.