What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is the first and foremost fundraising effort of Park Century School and pays for 7% of the School's operating budget. It enables us to provide a unique and comprehensive education for each student at Park Century School. The beneficiaries of the funds raised through the Annual Fund are this year’s students.
Every year, the School seeks 100% participation from all current parents, faculty and staff, and trustees. We also seek support from the entire PCS community including alumni families, adult graduates, and grandparents. Every gift is important because it is a gift of participation, which signals community support and helps in asking for charitable support from philanthropic organizations.
Gifts to the Annual Fund have an immediate impact on the day-to-day vibrancy of PCS. The Annual Fund helps pay for immediate operating expenses, which include:
- Ability to attract and retain a talented and committed faculty
- Faculty salaries and professional development opportunities
- New curriculum initiatives
- Financial aid
- Technology maintenance and upgrades
- Supplies and books
- Supplies for the library, classrooms, athletics, and the arts
2017-2018 Annual Fund Goals:
- 100% Parent, Faculty, Staff, and Trustee participation
The Park Century School Annual Fund is the school’s top fundraising priority.
Q: Why do we ask parents to make a donation on top of paying tuition?
A: Like most independent schools, Park Century relies on a combination of tuition, Annual Fund gifts, and a few other revenue streams to cover annual operating costs. Even families paying full tuition are not paying for the cost of a PCS education; the Annual Fund gifts help bridge this gap.
Q: What, exactly, does the Annual Fund provide for Park Century School?
A: Since Annual Fund gifts supplement the school’s annual operating budget, the majority of your gifts support faculty compensation and financial aid combined. Additional enhancements provided by the Annual Fund include:
1.iPads, increased technology, specialized software
2.Library and Science enhancements
3.Professional development for faculty and staff
4.Support of performing arts programs
Q: Why is 100% participation so important?
A: It is important that you, as a parent, believe in the education your child is receiving at Park Century; your gift is a vote of confidence and a sign that you support our mission. Also, a high participation rate inspires independent donors to give generously and private Foundations consider parent participation rates when considering making a grant to the school.