The Annual Fund serves as the most critical fundraising effort of the year. Funds raised during this annual appeal accomplish two primary goals. First, they provide ongoing support to the operating budget, allowing us to offer competitive salaries to faculty, sustain and update existing curricula, and maintain a campus that has become as important to our students as any other part of their Fay experience. Secondly, the Annual Fund allows us to explore new possibilities each year for our community including technology, professional development, and new programming.
Beginning in September, we ask all families to support the Annual Fund in whatever capacity they are able. For the past nine years we have set the bar high during Annual Fund month with 100% Board, Faculty, and Staff giving combined with an average 99% Family participation—a huge accomplishment for any independent school. On top of these great participation rates, we receive gifts totaling over $600,000 annually, welcoming many new additions to the Honor Circle, our leadership giving benchmark level.
Once the family drive completes, we reach out to our extended community of grandparents and friends. These drives each take place during the fall and represent critical parts of the Annual Fund each year.
We hope you will consider joining us in this effort this year and working together with your fellow Fay families to continue this great tradition of community, philanthropy, and shared vision.