Tenacare Country Day School

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Annual Fund

Annual giving is the cornerstone of Tenacre’s fundraising activities. Annual giving affects every aspect of daily life at Tenacre. It strengthens our academic program; it ensures that students who would otherwise not be able to afford Tenacre education can attend school here; and it supports our faculty and staff. Voluntary contributions to the Annual Fund are a necessary component of the school's budget and help to bridge the 10% gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating a child at Tenacre. The Annual Fund helps Tenacre live up to its mission to "nurture and challenge each child, every day."

Participation is a key value in the Tenacre community. For the last 10 years, 100% of parents have contributed to the Annual Fund, while 100% of staff have contributed for the last eight years. Every gift, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

The goal for Tenacre’s 2014-2015 Annual Fund is $600,000, which will provide 10% of the school’s operating budget.
Annual Fund FAQ
Q. What is the goal in 2014-2015?
A. Our Annual Fund goal this year is $600,000. Among current families, we always strive for 100% participation.

Q. Can I restrict my gift?
A. The Annual Fund directly supports the School's operating budget, which touches all aspects of life at Tenacre. There are opportunities for targeted giving, but we ask everyone to make their unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund first. If you are interested in making a restricted gift, please contact:
Jody Barron
Director of Development
781-431-8575 ext. 210

Q. Why should I give?
A. Tuition alone does not cover the annual cost of providing a Tenacre education to each student. In fact, there is a 10% gap between what tuition provides and the actual cost of educating each Tenacre student. A strong, growing Annual Fund decreases the School’s dependence on tuition, which makes Tenacre more accessible to students from a wide range of economic backgrounds and enables the School to attract and retain a superior faculty.

Q. Who contributes?
A. Each year, many parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, and other friends of Tenacre contribute to the Annual Fund.

Q. How much should I contribute?
A. Every contribution is important. We ask all members of our community to support the Annual Fund at a level commensurate with their ability to give and their belief in the School's mission. Dedication to excellence carries a high price, so Tenacre urges its families to consider making the School their top philanthropic priority.

Q. Can my small donation make a difference?
A. Yes, every contribution to the Annual Fund is important! Each and every gift helps to close the gap between tuition and the cost of educating Tenacre's students. Without strong Annual Fund participation, Tenacre simply could not be the school that it is today. Tenacre is proud to have a strong history of high participation among all constituencies.

Q. What is the difference between the Annual Fund and a capital campaign?
A. The Annual Fund is every year, and it supports the annual operating budget. Annual Fund gifts support all aspects of the school, from faculty salaries and financial aid to facilities renewal and upkeep. The whole community participates in the Annual Fund year to year, including 100% of parents and 100% of faculty and staff!

A capital campaign, like the recently completed Endowing Excellence campaign, is a separate fundraising initiative for specific capital improvements, such as new and renovated facilities and/or endowment for faculty compensation and financial aid.

Tenacre would never want someone's consideration of a capital campaign gift to diminish his or her support of the Annual Fund.

Q. How can I make my gift to Tenacre's Annual Fund?
A. Please visit our Ways to Give page to learn about the various ways you can support Tenacre's Annual Fund.