Support Tenacre

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 deserving students who would otherwise not be able to afford a Tenacre education can attend school here; and it supports our faculty and staff. 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 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 30th.
Participation is a key value in the Tenacre community. For the last 12 years, 100% of current parents have contributed to the Annual Fund, while 100% of faculty and staff have contributed for the last 10 years. Achieving 100% participation levels is unheard of among independent schools, let alone among small elementary schools, and is a testament to the closeness of our community and its commitment to Tenacre’s mission.

Thank you for helping us grow!

Thanks to the Tenacre community—current parents, past parents, grandparents, alumni, staff and friends—we raised more than $700,000 for the third year in a row by reaching $705,093 for the 2016-2017 Annual Fund.

A special thanks to our current parents and staff who helped us reach these milestones:
  • 100% Current Parent participation for the 13th year in a row
  • 100% Staff participation for the 11th year in a row
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students and staff.

Annual Fund FAQs

List of 7 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:

    Jody Barron
    Director of Development
    781-431-8575 ext. 210
  • 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.
  • What is the difference between the Annual Fund and the At the Forefront Campaign?

    The Annual Fund supports the school’s day-to-day operations from faculty salaries and financial aid to facilities renewal and upkeep. The whole community participates in the Annual Fund every year, including 100% of parents and 100% of faculty and staff!
    Gifts to the At the Forefront Campaign support Tenacre’s long-term goals of enhancing our facilities and endowing our people and programs. In order to encourage larger commitments, we will be asking all families to consider making a pledge that can be paid over three to five tax years.
    We ask all families to make their Annual Fund commitment, this year and in subsequent years, their first priority.
  • 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.
Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.