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Annual Fund

We have a passion for female-forward education.

Orchard House School relies on gifts of all sizes from faculty, board, parents, grandparents, alumnae and community members to bridge the gap between what tuition covers and the cost of a quality Orchard House School education. The Annual Fund makes certain that Orchard House School's educational programs and thoughtful investments in faculty and facilities are maintained and strengthened for years to come.  

Questions and Answers

WHY DO WE HAVE AN ANNUAL FUND?

The Annual Fund is an important component of Orchard House School's Annual Giving campaign. Tuition at Orchard House School only covers a portion of the cost to educate each girl. The gap between tuition and actual cost is covered through Annual Giving which goes directly to the operating budget. Put simply, funds generated through Annual Giving allow us to equip classrooms with quality materials and provide a diverse and excellent array of learning experiences for our girls. We are able to attract and retain a highly esteemed faculty and offer professional development.

 

IS MY GIFT TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes. Orchard House School is a non-profit organization. All gifts made to the school are tax-deductible. The Orchard House School Tax ID Number is 54-1902937. 

 

ARE ANNUAL FUNDS COMMON PRACTICE FOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS?

Yes. 90% of independent schools operate on a tuition gap basis where the tuition is 10-25% less than total expenses. 

 

WHY DO WE REQUEST ALL MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY TO MAKE A DONATION?

No one knows better than our community the value of an Orchard House education for middle school girls. Additionally, foundations, corporations, and indviduals not affiliated with OHS often look to the community's participation rate to gauge the strength and commitment of the school community when considering making donations. Historically we've had 100% participation by the Board of Directors, faculty, and staff. 

 

HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?

We are grateful for gifts of every amount. We ask that you consider what OHS means or has meant to your family, as you determine what size gift is right for you.  Your gift not only honors our current students, but future girls who will follow in their footsteps. Every gift matters.

 

HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?

There are many ways to support Orchard House School. You can donate by cash, check, credit card, or online. You may also donate stocks or consider making a gift in someone else’s honor or in memory of a loved one. Many donors take advantage of their employers' matching gift program, which may double their gift to the school.

 

WHAT IS THE QUILTMAKER'S CIRCLE AND HOW DO I JOIN?

Information about the Quiltmaker's Circle can be found here.  To join, we are asking you to make an annual financial commitment for the next five years to Orchard House School at a level that you feel reflects the value of your daughter's experience and the overall mission of the school. 

 

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

If you have any questions, please reach out to  Jennifer Driscoll, Director of Development at 228-2436 or jdriscoll@orchardhouse.org.

 

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