DVFS Annual Fund
The DVFS Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts. Because DVFS Annual Fund gifts are unrestricted and spent in the year they are raised, they have an immediate impact on the day-to-day life of our school. DVFS Annual Fund gifts support the general operating budget and impact everything from faculty salaries, to financial aid, to new technology for classrooms.
We ask all supporters of the school to make a DVFS Annual Fund gift every year. High participation signals widespread community support for DVFS, and this means that every gift is important.
Donors to the DVFS Annual Fund are listed in our Annual Report of Gifts by giving levels (left), or may choose to be listed without reference to giving level. Our 1986 Society recognizes leadership gifts of $1,000 or more, and members are honored at a special leadership donor appreciation event every year.
DVFS ANNUAL FUND FAQ
DVFS Annual Fund gifts contribute to the school’s operating budget. They are unrestricted, which means means they can be used in whatever way the school needs most. These gifts allow the school to respond quickly to needs, and have an immediate and noticeable impact on DV’s day-to-day life.
The Annual Fund bridges the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating students. This means that the Annual Fund supports things like:
- Faculty salaries
- Financial aid
- Technology for classrooms
All gifts are important to the school, so make a gift of whatever size is comfortable for you. For all parents and grandparents who are new to the school, there is a suggested amount in the first Annual Fund letter you receive from us. However, you may be more comfortable with a smaller gift, or perhaps you can afford to make a larger gift. In 2017-18, we received Annual Fund gifts from parents and grandparents ranging from $20 to $25,000.
All donors who make gifts of $1,000 or more in a year are considered “leadership donors”. They are invited to a special donor appreciation reception every year.
I receive tuition assistance from the school. Does it send the wrong message if I make a gift to the Annual Fund?
Not at all. Making a charitable gift is a great way of showing your appreciation to the school for the tuition assistance your family receives. Your charitable giving has absolutely no impact on Financial Aid Committee decisions - but it has a big impact on the school.
Tuition does not cover the full cost to educate a student. Charitable gifts bridge the gap between tuition and actual costs. This means that every family benefits from gift income, regardless of how much tuition they are responsible for.
In 2017-2018, it cost $43,000 to educate a student, and upper school tuition was $38,890. This means that the school covered $4,110 in costs for every student. Gifts help cover those costs for all families, including families who pay full tuition.
I already give in other ways, like through EITC/OSTC, or by attending fundraising events. Why should I make a gift to the Annual Fund, as well?
Funds raised through EITC and OSTC (the Pennsylvania Business Tax Credit programs), the spring Lighting the Way auction and dinner, and fall Dragon Boat race are all restricted for a specific use (in these cases, financial aid).
Funds raised through the DVFS Annual Fund, on the other hand, are unrestricted and can be used for whatever the school needs most at any given time. They can support unexpected needs quickly, and help DV stay competitive with teacher’s salaries, classroom technology, and more.
Check to see if your employer offers to match gifts. There is a tool on the DVFS website you can use to look it up: http://www1.matchinggifts.com/dvfsConsider setting up a monthly recurring gift at www.dvfs.org/gift. Splitting your gift into smaller monthly amounts may allow you to make a larger overall gift for the year, since it's not all coming at once.
Two of our giving levels bear the names of Quakers who were influential in shaping public discourse around issues of human rights. Bayard Rustin was born in West Chester, PA. He was the chief architect of the March on Washington, and posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2013 for his life-long work on civil rights. Lucretia Mott was a social reformer, an abolitionist, and a champion of women's rights in the mid-1800s.