Annual Fund


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.

Giving Levels

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.


Our Annual Fund has an immediate impact on the experience of current students. It supports every aspect of the school - academics, arts, athletics, technology and many other programs, including the school's Innovation Center and Tinkering Studio. Your donation allows your child to benefit from small class sizes, challenging curriculum, dedicated faculty, library and classroom supplies and more. The generosity of parents who contribute to the Annual Fund will immediately benefit current students by funding projects and programs around the school.

Tuition alone does not cover the cost of operating our school. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) recommends that 10 percent of a school’s operating budget come from annual giving. Your generosity helps make The New School a great place to learn and teach, providing the support to help us attract and retain top-notch faculty members and continue to offer exceptional programs which are unique to The New School.

At The New School, donors can direct their Annual Fund gift to Area of Greatest Need, Academics, Arts, Athletics, Financial Aid and/or Technology. The Family of Funds provides donors the option of indicating areas of personal interest while supporting fundamental elements of the school program.


Why do we have an Annual Fund?

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.

Where does the money go?

The money donated to the Annual Fund is used within the fiscal year received and supports faculty salaries, program development and daily operational needs, such as the maintenance of facilities, classrooms, and equipment.


Why does The New School ask for contributions instead of increasing tuition?

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.

How will I be solicited?

Appeals are mailed or emailed to parents throughout the year. In addition, you will want to participate in the Grade Challenge so that your child’s class wins a prize for highest participation. Of course, you can donate online anytime!

How much am I expected to give?

We ask the The New School community to make the school its highest philanthropic priority, giving to the best of one's ability and at a level that demonstrates the value placed on an exemplary education. One hundred percent participation is our foremost goal.

Does my gift really make a difference?

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".

Do I need to send my money in right now?

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.