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The Derryfield Fund

Give the gift of a Derryfield education.
The Derryfield Fund solicits unrestricted donations from everyone connected to The Derryfield School community, past and present, in order to provide students and faculty with the resources they need to thrive each year. It is a yearly community giving effort from July 1 to June 30.

DerryfieldForward is a special campaign that will take the place of The Derryfield Fund from now through the end of the 2020-2021 school year and was created in response to the unique needs that have arisen as a result of the pandemic and other local and world events.

A gift to DerryfieldForward ensures that your contribution is used for the most immediate and impactful needs of the school.

Support a Scholar
The need for financial aid has increased significantly as a result of economic changes in recent months. This funding priority confidentially matches supporters with a student who needs financial assistance to maintain their DS education.

Adapting Facilities & Technology
We are modifying our buildings and classrooms to create safe and sanitary facilities, as well as adjacent processes and procedures, to adjust for our current environment. Classroom modifications allow us to teach in a blended learning format - some students in the classroom, some learning remotely.  With changes to learning and teaching come a need for alternative technology and materials to successfully support blended learning. This could include things like increasing wi-fi capacity to support on-campus classroom streaming, and installing cameras and screens for those students who are learning from home.

Equity & Belonging
In support of our strategic plan initiative, this funding promotes new and existing diversity and inclusion training and programs at DS. This includes conferences, trainings and resources for faculty, staff, students and families.
Professional Development & Program Support 
Our faculty have been praised by our families and peer institutions for their innovation, ingenuity and thoroughness in creating a virtual curriculum, but they will require additional training, resources and materials. This funding priority supports teachers in developing their classes, training materials, professional development days, and more during the 2020-2021 school year.
Passion Pursuits
Many of our passion pursuits look different in this new environment. This priority will help our faculty develop these important activities, including Leadership, Ethics, & Development (LEAD), Independent Senior Projects (ISP), Exploration courses, athletics, the arts and more.
The Derryfield Fund, including Derryfield Forward for the 2020-2021 school year, is Derryfield’s primary philanthropic initiative and immediately supports the School’s needs. It is important for donors to give as generously as possible year after year so that The Derryfield School can continue to provide the best possible experience for students and faculty. For more information about The Derryfield Fund, please contact Jennifer Lorrain, Derryfield’s Director of The Derryfield Fund, at 603.669.4524, ext. 6102 or jlorrain@derryfield.org.
The mission of The Derryfield Fund is to solicit and gather voluntary, tax-deductible gifts that will bridge the difference between tuition and the actual cost of educating each Derryfield student. For this purpose, The Derryfield Fund operates on a year-round basis, educating the Derryfield community about the needs of the School and organizing opportunities for giving. Derryfield, like other independent schools, relies on fund raising to balance its budget.

The Derryfield Fund FAQ

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Why does Derryfield need The Derryfield Fund?

    Contributions to The Derryfield Fund are vital because they support the daily life of the School, funding 6.2% of the School’s operating budget, or $656,000, and it covers everything from financial aid to academics, athletics, arts, and faculty salaries.
  • Doesn't tuition cover the cost of a student's education?

    Like other independent schools, tuition does not cover the total annual cost of a student's Derryfield experience. The Derryfield Fund supports a diverse community of learners, excellent facilities, the best possible faculty and staff, and more.
  • Who is asked to participate in The Derryfield Fund?

    Members of the Board of Trustees, faculty/staff, current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, corporations, foundations, and friends are all asked to support The Derryfield Fund. Each year, the School receives 100% participation from the Board of Trustees, and we hope to achieve 100% participation across all groups this year.
  • Is it possible to defer gifts until the following calendar year?

    Yes. While we ask for all pledge commitments to be made by December 31,  for budgeting purposes, gifts can be paid any time prior to June 30.
  • How much should I give?

    You should give whatever you feel comfortable giving and/or can afford. Gifts to The Derryfield 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!
  • What do you mean, "tax-deductible"?

    Gifts to non-profit educational institutions like The Derryfield School qualify as charitable contributions and can be deducted if you itemize your taxes.
  • Do volunteer hours count toward participation in The Derryfield Fund?

    While volunteering is a great way to support Derryfield, and the School couldn’t operate without the help of each volunteer, The Derryfield 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 participation.
  • Can I designate my gift to a specific program (i.e. athletics, arts, financial aid)?

    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.
  • Can I make my contribution on a credit card or with appreciated securities?

    Yes; you may transfer appreciated securities to Derryfield, pay with a credit card, cash, or check. Click here for all the ways of giving to The Derryfield Fund.

The Derryfield School

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