Annual Giving

Annual giving is the cornerstone of Tenacre’s fundraising activities. Annual giving affects every aspect of daily life at Tenacre. Voluntary contributions to the Annual Fund are vital to the continuous operation of the school each year as tuition covers only 76% of Tenacre’s expenses. By providing close to 10% of the school’s operating revenues each year, the Annual Fund helps ensure that Tenacre will meet its mission to "nurture and challenge each child, every day."
Each year over 1,500 members of the Tenacre community, including current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends of the school, are invited to participate in the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund kicks off in the fall and concludes with the close of the school's fiscal year on June 30.

Annual Giving FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Can I restrict my gift?

    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:

    Sam Greenfield
    Director of Development
  • Why should I give?

    Tuition alone does not cover the annual cost of providing a Tenacre education to each student. 10% of the school’s operating revenues is provided by gifts to the Annual Fund. 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.
  • Who contributes?

    Each year, many parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff, and other friends of Tenacre contribute to the Annual Fund.
  • How much should I contribute?

    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.
  • Can my small donation make a difference?

    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.
  • How can I make my gift to Tenacre's Annual Fund?

    Please visit our Ways to Give page to learn about the various ways you can support Tenacre's Annual Fund.

Thank You!

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  • Thank You!

    Thanks to your support, the Tenacre community showed a historic level of broad-based support for the 2022-2023 Annual Fund, breaking the $1 million mark for the second time in the school's history.
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