Annual Fund FAQ

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a financial lifeblood of King School. It sustains programs and activities not covered by tuition. Simply, annual giving is the best way for parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents and friends to help make a meaningful difference in the quality and quantity of programs and resources available at King. Your investment on an annual basis is a critical partnership to advancing the Mission of the School.

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, library, need-based financial assistance, Faculty and staff and their benefits, Faculty professional development, and facility maintenance.

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

Why should I give before April 15?

Our hope is to meet our Annual Fund goal by April 15. Your gift will not only help us reach our goal, but it will also be recognized in our Annual Fund to-date publication which lists all donors who have made a gift or pledge by April 15.

What are giving societies?

Gift societies are a method or approach to securing a number of gifts at all levels. If our Annual Fund is to be successful, it must reflect the balance between leadership gifts and broad participation. Gift societies provide an opportunity for all donors to be recognized and acknowledged at the level of their generosity to King School. We expect different gifts from different people, and gifts from everyone.

View a full list of our giving societies.

What is The Head of School's Society?

The Head of School’s Society is a formal organization of lead benefactors to the Annual Fund. Membership in the Society is open to all individuals, companies, and foundations who have made a minimum Annual Fund gift of $5,000 during the academic year to one of our seven leadership categories. Each year, members of The Head of School’s Society will be invited to a private reception in recognition of their leadership generosity.

What are matching gifts and how do I benefit?

Many employers provide a corporate match for their employees' charitable gifts. Direct your matching gift to our School, and you are recognized at King for the full amount of your own gift plus the employer match. In many cases, this is a wonderful opportunity to reach a higher gift society level.

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

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

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.

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.

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 long do I have to pay my pledge?

Launching each July 1 and ending on June 30, the Annual Fund is designed to support students and Faculty in each academic year. Donors are encouraged to make a gift or pledge early and can ful ll their pledge anytime before June 30 each year. Donors can maximize their gift by scheduling their contributions in smaller and more convenient increments, if desired.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes! Gifts to King School are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law and may be made in the form of check, stock transfer, or credit card.

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