Annual Fund FAQ

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund provides unrestricted operating support for the School's budget in the year that gifts are made.

The Annual Fund contributes approximately 9% of all operating revenues available to the School. Annual Fund gifts are generally tax deductible, given King’s status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

What does the Annual Fund support?

9% of the School's operating budget comes from the Annual Fund and supports: enhancements to academics, arts, athletics, college counseling, technology, and the library; need-based financial assistance; faculty and staff and benefits; faculty professional development; and facility maintenance.

How much should I give?

Annual Fund gifts range in size from $5 to $50,000. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average parent gift was $4,216 per student.

Strong parent participation makes a statement to our external community who look at such statistics when considering their support.

We strive to have 100% parent participation and urge all parents, while their children are directly benefiting from all King offers, to make the School their top philanthropic priority. In the 2015-2016 academic year we achieved 97% parent participation!

Every gift matters and will make a difference in the daily experience of our students.

How can parents support the Annual Fund?

Parents participate in the Annual Fund at high levels every year. In the 2015-2016 academic year we achieved 97% parent participation! We urge all parents to make King a top philanthropic priority.

We have over 80 volunteers calling and writing to parents in our community to make a gift to the Annual Fund. Please take their call and make a pledge or gift early so the School can more thoughtfully allocate your gift.Annual Fund donations must be allocated in the same academic year as the gifts are made, so please make a gift or pledge as early as possible.

How can Alumni support the Annual Fund?

While the Annual Fund does not construct new buildings, it makes what goes on inside those buildings possible.

The aspects that Alumni treasured as students - extraordinary Faculty; a wide-ranging curriculum; an outstanding Arts Program; numerous co-curricular activities and sports; and countless other opportunities - would be difficult to achieve without the Annual Fund support from Alumni.

In the 2015-2016 academic year we achieved 11% Alumni participation!

Our 2016-2017 Alumni Chair is Fiona Muir Fine '90. Visit our Alumni page.

Who else supports the Annual Fund?

Each year, Grandparents, Parents of Alumni, Friends, and Faculty and Staff give generously to fulfill the School's mission. They have seen first-hand the benefits of a King education.

Our 2016-2017 Grandparent Chair is Susan Wilson Mansfield '68

Our 2016-2017 Parents of Alumni Chair is Amy Silberfein

How can I get involved?

We are always looking for new Annual Fund volunteers. Being a volunteer is a great opportunity to get involved at King and is a fantastic way to meet other parents.

If you would like to help, please contact us at (203) 322-3496 Ext. 379 or email Cindy Dill

Why should I give before December 31?

Our goal is to have the Annual Fund wrapped up by December so that parents may enjoy the rest of the year letter and phone call free!

Making an Annual Fund gift early provides important operating dollars that can be used immediately as all gifts to the Annual Fund must be allocated in the academic year they are received.

Also King is a 501(c)(3) charity, thus allowing you to receive a taxable benefit for your donation!

Can my gift be matched?

In the 2015-2016 academic year, matching gifts and pledges accounted for nearly $130,000 of the King Annual Fund!

Matching gifts continue to be an important source of funds for educational institutions and they are an increasingly important way for companies to allow their employees to direct a portion of the monies earmarked for charitable contributions.

Gifts to King can often be doubled through matching gift programs. Please note all matching gifts count towards your own recognition level.

To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, please check the participating employers page.

How can I make a gift in honor of or in memory of someone?

Memorial and tribute gifts are special ways to honor friends, family, and loved ones.

Simply indicate the individual(s) you would like to honor, or whose memory you would like to recognize, on the pledge card you return with your gift.

For more information, please contact us at (203) 322-3496 Ext. 379 or email Cindy Dill

How can I direct my gift?

You can choose among six specific areas to make your gift impact a particular aspect of King’s programs that is meaningful to you, and the school will do its best to allocate those dollars.

These programs are: Area of Greatest Need, Financial Aid, Visual and Performing Arts, Athletics, Technology, and Faculty Development

Simply indicate your area of interest when you complete the form with you pledge or gift. For more information, please contact us at (203) 322-3496 Ext. 379 or email Cindy Dill

Do major gifts make up most of the Annual Fund?

Leadership giving is the mainstay of the Annual Fund. Last year, these gifts represented 80% of all gifts received.

The School depends on strong leadership giving from its most loyal and generous benefactors. Donors at the Leadership level are invited to a thank you reception hosted by Tom Main, Head of School.

Current Parents, Grandparents, Alumni and Parents of Alumni are counted among the school's most generous philanthropists.

As you consider your level of giving, please consider joining or moving to the next highest level of support.

Employer matching gifts received by the June 30 are also counted towards your Annual Fund support level! Visit the matching gifts webpage to see if your company offers matching gifts and to also view their requirements for giving.

If I can't make a large gift, does a small gift really make a difference?

Yes! The School values every gift regardless of size.

Last year, 397 gifts of $100 or less contributed $21,429 to the Annual Fund! These contributions allows the Annual Fund to reach a new milestone for total giving, directly benefiting each student's experience!

Participation is greatly valued as it ensures the strength of our Annual Fund and School year after year.