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The Annual Fund

Each year, the first philanthropic priority for AFS is to create and maintain a vibrant Annual Fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted and are immediately put to use to support and enhance faculty, students and student programs from early childhood through graduation. Each gift matters and your thoughtful support is greatly appreciated.

The Annual Fund is an essential component of the School’s operating budget and helps fund every facet of the AFS student experience, including but not limited to:

  • Attracting and retaining a top-notch faculty
  • Providing innovative programming
  • Enhancing academic excellence, support and enrichment
  • Integrating new technology in all divisions
  • Supporting excellence in the arts and athletics
  • Maintaining and improving our facilities
  • Strengthening our financial foundation

We ask that your first gift to the school each year be to the Annual Fund. Thank you for considering making a gift at a level that feels right to you for the 2017-2018 Annual Fund campaign ending on June 30, 2018.

If you have any questions about the Annual Fund, please contact Amy Gordon, Director of Annual Giving.

Thank you!

2017-2018 Annual Fund Giving

How can I make a gift?

The School accepts gifts made by check, cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express); gifts of securities and no-load mutual funds; via United Way; and via wire transfer. Gifts can be made using our secure online donation form, or by mailing or dropping off a check to the Development Office. Click here for instructions to make a gift of securities or no-load mutual funds and here for wire transfer instructions.

Why is Annual Fund participation so important?

Participation in the Annual Fund shows that you believe in the AFS mission. Giving what you can is an important way to show your support for AFS. Each gift, regardless of amount, is essential to helping us reach our participation goals.

How much should I give?

Gifts at any level are equal in meaning as expressions of faith in the school. Gifts at higher levels differ in their function because larger gifts do more for the school’s operating budget. When considering how much to give, we ask that you make a gift at a level that feels right to you.

Doesn't tuition cover the cost of educating students?

Even full tuition pays for only about 85% of the actual cost of educating a student. The financial model that underpins AFS’s annual operating budget and helps us keep tuition costs in check depends on three principal sources of revenue: endowment income, tuition revenue and the philanthropy of alumni, parents and friends. Your annual support is a vital component of that financial equation.

What are some tangible examples of things the Annual Fund helps pay for?

The Annual Fund directly supports our operating budget, so if you see it in school, odds are the Annual Fund helped pay for it or currently helps maintain it – laptops, books for the library, teacher salaries, sports uniforms, art and music supplies, and much, much more.

Can I make a gift in honor of a teacher?

Yes! Honor cards for teachers are available in the Development Office, or you can send an honor card through our online giving page. Please contact Amy Solwecki for more information. 

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! We have active Parent Giving, Leadership Giving and Faculty/Staff Groups that are always looking for more members. For more information, please contact Amy Gordon, Director of Annual Giving.