Annual Giving

Why Support Annual Giving?

Like most independent schools, Athenian’s operating expenses exceed the revenue from tuition and fees. Athenian is a nonprofit institution that depends on the charitable tax-deductible gifts made by our generous community of parents, alumni, grandparents, trustees, faculty & staff, and alumni parents in order to thrive.

Annual giving benefits every one of our students directly and immediately, providing invaluable resources which let us offer an enriched experience. Your donations allow us to respond rapidly to new opportunities, helping us to offer the forward-thinking, adventurous, and rigorous programs that we’re known for. Sustained growth of Annual Giving will help ensure immediate needs are always met.
Gifts to the Annual Fund support a number of ongoing priorities, including:
  • Innovative programs
  • Talented and committed faculty
  • Student financial aid
  • Challenging and integrated curriculum
This year we are hoping for 100% parent participation in 100 days! Support Athenian today

Your Participation Matters

Your donation represents a vote of confidence in the quality of our educational programs. Family and alumni participation in annual giving is a benchmark that donors and grant makers use when deciding on funding. If you believe in Athenian's education, please consider making a gift of any size to support our School.


List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund benefits each student at Athenian. It supports the annual operating expenses of the School. Because tuition does not cover the full cost of educating our students, we ask that all members of the Athenian community support the school through annual giving. 

    Annual Fund donations help support faculty salaries, outdoor education opportunities such as AWE, Round Square, Focus Fridays, a vibrant arts program, an expanding sports program, technology innovation through the Makers Studio and Robotics program, scholarships for low-income students, college preparatory counseling for student success and more. Without your support, we would not be able to offer an Athenian education as we know it today.
  • Q. Why is 100% participation important?

    Your donation represents a vote of confidence in the quality of our educational programs, opening the door to support from foundations. All current students benefit from gifts to the Annual Fund, we encourage every current family to contribute at whatever level they are able. 
  • Q. How much should I give?

    All gifts, from $5 to $50,000 and everywhere in between, are very much appreciated. Most importantly, we hope for widespread participation from our community. We hope every Athenian will make our school a priority in their philanthropic planning and participate at a level that is fitting to their financial circumstances. 
  • Q. When should I make a gift?

    The Athenian fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Our Parent Annual Fund drive runs from September 22 to December 31. All pledges to the school must be fulfilled by June 30th of each year.
  • Q. How do I obtain a matching gift?

    Many companies match gifts made by employees to nonprofit organizations such as The Athenian School. The matched gift counts toward your Athenian giving total, and your company receives recognition. Check with your human resources department about their matching gift opportunities and follow their procedures.
  • Q. Why doesn't tuition cover the full cost of an Athenian education?

    In order to attract and retain the most talented students and faculty from all backgrounds, Athenian strives to keep tuition as low as possible and in line with our peer schools. Independent schools like Athenian rely on the Annual Fund to help make up the difference between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating each and every student. The majority of Athenian families participate by making a meaningful gift in keeping with their families' circumstances. These donations are tax-deductible, while tuition is not.
  • Q. I'm an alum, why is my participation important?

    Many of our alumni tell us that Athenian was a transformative educational experience that prepared them for college and beyond. Just as annual gifts supported your education in your years at Athenian, your gift ensures that the School can provide the same remarkable experience for the current generation. In addition, strong alumni support provides a tangible measure of the value that graduates place on their Athenian education.
  • Q. How do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?

    Athenian accepts gifts of cash, stocks, or securities and bequests. Please click on the button on the top right hand of this page to make a gift online now.
  • Q. Is my donation tax-deductible? What is the Tax ID number?

    All gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible. The Athenian School Federal Tax ID # is 94-6070808.

Giving Levels

Here are our current recognition levels:
The Acropolis $50,000 & more
Olympians $25,000 - $49,999
Founder's Circle $10,000 - $24,999
Head's Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Kate & Dyke Brown Circle $2,000 - $4,999
Round Square Circle $1,000 - $1,999
Athenians $500 - $999
Owls Up to $499

Leadership Donor Benefits

Donors in the Head's Circle and above are invited to the annual Leadership Donor Reception.
The Athenian School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All gifts to Athenian are tax-deductible. The Athenian School Federal Tax ID # is 94-6070808.