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Give the gift of education and inspiration!

Your gift will foster adolescent girl’s intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, emotional integrity and physical well-being.

Giving Options

There are numerous ways to support education at Orchard House School or increase the impact of your gift. Whether you contribute to our Annual Fund, our Building with a Purpose Fund, or take advantage of the Quiltmaker’s Circle program, all charitable contributions are considered tax-deductible. Please contact our Jennifer Driscoll Development Department at jdriscoll@orchardhouse.org or call 804.228.2436 with any question about making a contribution. Thank you for your support.

By Mail:
Donate to Orchard House School via cash, or check (we can only accept credit card payments online) by printing our donation form, and sending your contribution to: Development Department, Orchard House School, 500 N. Allen Ave, Richmond, VA 23220.

Recurring Gifts:
This is an easy and convenient way to provide ongoing support to our Annual Fund through automatic donations over the timeframe you choose. Please check the “recurring gift” box when making your donation online or complete and submit our donation form to the address above.

Corporate Matching Gifts:
Many employers offer a matching gift program. Check with your employer regarding this opportunity to increase the power of your gift. Need assistance?  Please contact Jennifer Driscoll at 804.228.2436.

In-Kind Donations:
We occasionally accepted in-kind donations depending on the nature of the item and it’s condition.  Please email Jennifer Driscoll at jdriscoll@orchardhouse.org if you have items to donate.

Investment Donations:
Your tax deduction will be based on the full market value of the securities at the time of transfer and the gift will avoid capital gains taxes. To make a tax-deductible gift through appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares, please contact Jennifer Driscoll @ jdriscoll@orchardhouse.org.

Planned Giving:
Orchard House School gratefully accepts residual bequests from supporters who wish to include Orchard House in their final plans. Please contact contact Jennifer Driscoll @ jdriscoll@orchardhouse.org to learn more about making a planned gift to Orchard House School.

Common Questions:

How is the Annual Fund different from the Building with a Purpose Fund?
Giving to our Annual Fund supports our day-to-day operations.  It pays faculty and staff salaries, keeps the lights on, and allows us to fulfill our mission of educating and inspiring middle school girls through ongoing programs – daily.

Giving to our Building with a Purpose Fund supports our greater needs for maintenance and improvements of the school’s property. In 2019, Orchard House School underwent a massive exterior renovation with 70% of the century-old building’s masonry re-pointed, installation of a new roof gutter system, and all of the restoration of all 87 windows. Moving forward, Orchard House is focused on exterior lighting, landscaping and interior improvements to enhance the experience of each student, faculty, and community member that walks through our doors.

Money raised for each fund is kept separate and dedicated to their sole purpose.  Please consider giving to both funds.

 

What is the Quiltmaker’s Circle?
This annual giving program is designed for Orchard House School graduates and alumnae families, all of whom make up the fabric of our school culture. Money raised through the Quiltmaker’s Circle benefits the Annual Fund, specifically.  The Quiltmaker's Circle honors graduate daughters (or daughters) while making a difference in securing the school’s future.  These contributions are recognized by embroidering graduate names onto the Quiltmaker’s Circle Quilt which is proudly displayed in our school’s library.

 

Restricted gifts vs. unrestricted?
Restricted means that gifts are designated by the donor for a specific purpose.  These designations are listed on our Annual Fund donation page.

Unrestricted funds can be used for any part of the school’s budget… often needed as operating funds.

 

Does the school have an endowment fund?
Yes, we do! Orchard House School currently has two quasi-endowment funds: the Orchard House School Fund (for general use) and the Richard L. and Eugenia Williams Endowment Scholarship Fund (for tuition assistance). These are Board designated funds without restrictions externally imposed by donors.

If you are interested in contributing to either quasi-endowment fund, please contact Jennifer Driscoll, the Director of Development at ext 106 or jdriscoll@orchardhouse.org.

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