Frequently Asked Questions
Who Contributes to the Annual Fund?
Since the Annual Fund is the most significant yearly fundraiser at Friends Academy, we ask for participation from all members of the community - parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff.
How much should I give?
We hope that you make Friends Academy your highest philanthropic priority each year. Annual Fund gifts range from $1 to $100,000. Although leadership gifts are important to Friends Academy's financial sustainability, every gift matters. What is important is that everyone participates!
When should I make my gift?
In the beginning of the school year, you will receive a letter requesting your support of the Annual Fund. We encourage you to make your tax deductible gift or a pledge by December 31st.
Can I make a pledge now and make my gift later?
Early pledge commitments are welcomed and encouraged. Making your commitment early saves Friends Academy money and resources. Once you make a pledge, you will receive an acknowledgement and pledge payment reminders. You have until June 30th to make your final payment.
Is my gift tax-deductible?
Friends Academy is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Gifts to the school are tax deductible as allowed by law..
Are there other ways to give to Friends Academy?
Yes. In addition to annual gifts of cash and gifts-in-kind, individuals can also give a gift of securities or establish trusts, bequests and endowments. Please call Kevin Barry, Director of Advancement at (516) 393-4269 if you have any questions on how you can help support students at Friends Academy through a philanthropic gift.
What if my company matches my gifts- will the match apply to my total giving each year?
If you have sent in a matching gift form with your contribution, we will credit your giving record with the match. It should be noted that many companies only send their matching gifts on an annual, semi-annual, or quarterly basis. You human resources office should be able to tell you your company's matching gift policy.