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Supporting Derryfield

As a donor, your gift makes a significant impact on the School. More specifically, you make Derryfield a place that inspires bright, motivated young people to be their best and provides them with the skills and experiences needed to be values, dynamic, confident and purposeful members of any community.

Unlike public schools, Derryfield relies on a combination of tuition and philanthropy cover operating expenses. The School does not receive any local, state, or federal funding, which is why Derryfield encourages all trustees, parents, alumni, grandparents, alumni parents, alumni grandparents, faculty/staff, and friends to make the School a philanthropic priority each year.

The Annual Fund
This year, the Annual Fund is looking to raise $650,000 and reach 100% participation. The Annual Fund supports every aspect of the School from teachers’ salaries to student programs, athletics, arts, academics, and even running water and electricity on campus. Strong participation impacts the School’s access to grants and bonds and affects how colleges/universities rank the School each year.

Capital Giving
Capital gifts are more significant contributions that typically help the School accomplish larger goals over a longer period of time, such as adding a new building. They are typically raised over a number of years through a capital campaign and help the School fulfill its long-term objectives.

Planned Giving
Include Derryfield in your estate plans by making a charitable gift now or after your lifetime while enjoying benefits for yourself and can include life insurance, appreciated securities, IRAs, real estate, or personal property. Unlike cash donations, these gifts require planning and typically come from assets in your estate. Planned gifts can help you realize tax advantages while also contributing to Derryfield’s future financial sustainability.

Please visit our Planned Giving page for more detail.

Memorial Gifts
Gifts in memory of a loved one can be made to any number of designated areas, including endowment funds. Naming gifts are welcome in accordance with the School’s gift acceptance policy established by the Board of Trustees. For additional information please contact Denise McAdoo, Director of Advancement at dmcadoo@derryfield.org or 603-669-4524 X 3271.

Endowment
Derryfield’s endowment is not only a symbol of financial stability, the School's commitment to future generations of students, and the loyalty of its constituency but also an important foundation for our financial stability. Money placed in the endowment is there "forever," with a set percentage of the interest from the endowment being used each year to benefit the School. Gifts to the endowment can be made at any time; a specific campaign need not be underway at the time.

Please visit our Endowment page for more information.

To learn more about the impact you make each and every day, please visit the website www.derryfield.org and read the new stories as they unfold each week focusing on all the fabulous things that you make possible through your gifts. 
Derryfield's Annual Fund FAQ
Q. Why does Derryfield need an Annual Fund?
A. 
Contributions to the Annual Fund are vital because they support the daily life of the School, funding 6.2% of the School’s operating budget, or $650,000, and it covers everything from financial aid to academics, athletics, arts, and faculty salaries.

Q. Doesn't tuition cover the cost of a student's education?
A. 
Like other independent schools, tuition does not cover the total annual cost of a student's Derryfield experience. Derryfield's Annual Fund supports a diverse community of learners, excellent facilities, the best possible faculty and staff, and more.

Q. Who is asked to participate in the Annual Fund?
A. 
Members of the Board of Trustees, faculty/staff, current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, corporations, foundations, and friends are all asked to support the Annual Fund. Each year, the School receives 100% participation from the Board of Trustees and faculty/staff, and we hope to achieve 100% participation across all groups this year.

Q. Is it possible to defer gifts until the following calendar year?
A. Yes. While we ask for all pledge commitments to be made by December 31, 2014 for budgeting purposes, gifts can be paid any time prior to June 30, 2015.

Q. How much should I give?
A. 
You should give whatever you feel comfortable giving and/or can afford. Gifts to the Annual Fund range from $1 to $35,000, and every gift that is made is greatly appreciated and makes a significant impact toward the success of the School. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and every gift makes a difference!

Q. What do you mean, "tax-deductible"?
A. Gifts to non-profit educational institutions like The Derryfield School qualify as charitable contributions and can be deducted if you itemize your taxes.

Q. Do volunteer hours count toward participation in the Derryfield Annual Fund?
A. While volunteering is a great way to support Derryfield, and the School couldn’t operate without the help of each volunteer, the Annual Fund is equally important. It helps keep the School’s tuition affordable and competitive and allows Derryfield to hire the best faculty possible. Therefore, we are not able to count volunteer hours towards annual fund participation.

Q. Can I designate my gift to a specific program (i.e. athletics, arts, financial aid)?
A. Giving an unrestricted gift will allow the School to allocate funds where they are needed most, but yes, you have the ability to designate any amount to athletics, arts, or financial aid.

Q. Can I make my contribution on a credit card or with appreciated securities?
A. 
Yes; you may transfer appreciated securities to Derryfield, pay with a credit card, cash, or check. Please visit www.derryfield.org/giving/ways for all the ways of giving to the Annual Fund.
Please know that each and every gift is important and received with gratitude.
 
Thank you for your consideration,
 
Denise A. McAdoo, Director of Advancement
Justine J. Beauregard, Director of Annual Giving and Campaign Associate
Gail D. Gordon, Advancement Office Coordinator
Alice J. Handwerk, Director of Alumni Development
Meet the Office
Denise McAdoo
Director of Advancement
Ext. 3271

Gail Gordon
Advancement Office Coordinator
Ext. 6101
Gail oversees the database management for the Advancement Office. This entails maintaining biographical information, processing all gifts made to the School, tracking appeals, events, and any other information that is useful to the office. She prepares acknowledgements for all gifts received, reconciles gift entry, produces a multitude of financial reports, and maintains donor files. She largely provides general support for all aspects of the Advancement program. Gail came to Derryfield in 2003 after working for twenty-six years in the Alumni/Development Office at St. Paul’s School.

Alice Handwerk
Director of Alumni Development
Ext. 6104
Alice Handwerk serves as Derryfield's Director of Advancement and oversees the School's comprehensive giving programs including The Annual Fund, capital, major, and planned giving. She sits on the Advancement and Governance Committees of the Board of Trustees. Alice came to Derryfield in July 2003. Prior to her tenure at Derryfield, Alice worked at Sheridan School in Washington, DC where she was in the development office for six years, four as director. She began her development career at The League of Women Voters and also worked in the development office at The George Washington University.

Justine Beauregard
Director of Annual Giving and Campaign Associate
Ext. 6102

Stacey Breton
Advancement Communications and Special Event Coordinator
Ext. 6302