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Abington Friends School – A Tradition of Giving

The origin of Abington Friends School in 1697 began with a gift of land from John M. Barnes, a Quaker. Centuries of generosity by AFS community members has provided for the continued existence of our campus as well as the programs and facilities our teachers rely on to provide the superb education that our students experience on a daily basis.

Abington Friends School, like all independent schools, relies on charitable giving to fulfill its mission. Gifts from alumni, parents, faculty and staff, trustees and friends support AFS today while also ensuring a strong legacy for future generations.

Annual Fund gifts are unrestricted. We rely on your support of the Annual Fund to ensure that our students receive the best education possible. All gifts, large and small, benefit and sustain AFS faculty, students and programs.

Capital and endowed gifts help preserve and enhance the School community, ensuring the long-term programmatic strength of AFS – whether in support of identified facilities needs, program enhancement, or long-term strategic initiatives.

Planned gifts provide income to AFS into the future and often involve tax benefits for donors.

The tradition of philanthropy at AFS, including support from alumni, parents and friends, is extraordinary and helps ensure that students can live and learn in an environment that will foster their growth as leaders and in service to others.


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