With your support and generosity, we hope to exceed our 2017-18 budgeted goal of $830,000 in the Annual Fund.
Every gift will make a huge difference and help to inspire other donors in the future. Participation in the Annual Fund is an indicator of the value our community places on educational experiences and it is a gage by which overall support for the Academies is measured when applying for grants.
The Annual Fund covers the budget gap between tuition and the total cost of providing a superior educational experience for Academy students. That gap is derived through the generosity of our alumni, alumnae, parents, past parents, friends, grandparents, corporations and foundations.
By making a gift to the Annual Fund, you can help ensure that financial circumstances do not stand in the way of an Academy education.
The Annual Fund helps pay for everything! Your gift supports not only the necessities of day-to-day operations like books and supplies; it also supports the people and programs that make a difference for Academy students. It provides for faculty salaries and professional development for curricular and program development, and for outstanding programs in writing, the arts, athletics and community service.
Many donors see their gift to the Academies as a means of "giving back." They believe that supporting our schools through a charitable gift is a way of expressing gratitude for how the Academy prepared them or their children to be successful in life. Others give because they see the value of an independent school education and want to ensure that the 200-year legacy of our school continues for future generations of Academy students.
In determining how you can make a difference in this year’s Annual Fund, please consider these important factors:
We strive for 100% participation -- this is critical evidence to outside funders that our own community believes in our mission.
By increasing our participation to NAIS average participation rates, we would increase dollars raised by 27%.
You can make the difference by helping close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating our students, about $1,300 per student.
Every dollar does make a difference, no matter how large or how small.
The Pace Setters are a special group of graduates from the classes of 2003-2013 who set the pace for giving to The Albany Academies. By making an Annual Fund Gift at the established levels, you will show your pride in your school, set an example for your fellow classmates, and enjoy exclusive benefits!
You can make a one-time payment, or you can split your gift up into automatic monthly installments on your credit card.
$10,000-$14,999 Named in recognition of Caroline Baird Mason, who served as the first joint Head of School for Albany Academy for Girls & The Albany Academy (2003-2007) and who facilitated the merger of the two schools into The Albany Academies.
$5,000-$9,999 Named in honor of Rhoda Harris and Islay McCormick, who served as Heads of School at Albany Academy for Girls & The Albany Academy, respectively, when each school moved to its present day campus.
$2,500-$4,999 Named in honor of David Midgley and Martha Decker, two legendary 20th century teachers from The Albany Academy & Albany Academy for Girls, respectively, who exemplify the standard for teaching excellence still at The Albany Academies today.
$1,000-$2,499 Named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Allen, the first Head of School of The Albany Academy (1813-1817), and Ms. Caroline Greeley, the first woman Principal of Albany Academy for Girls (1868-1879).
Up to $249 Named for the road where the present Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls reside.
The purpose of Giving Cups is to create enthusiasm and competition among alumni classes, with the hope that the cups will instill a renewed sense of comraderie and nostalgia, ownership and pride, and a deeper, more meaningful connection to the school.