Parent Annual Fund
Your child's Canterbury experience is directly connected to a strong and flourishing Annual Fund.
The Canterbury Annual Fund provides resources to advance our vibrant programming across our academic, artistic, athletic, and residential offerings. It allows us to innovate our curricula, invest in technology, and improve our facilities to reflect the changing needs of your children. A fully supported Annual Fund helps maintain our exceptional faculty—the teachers, coaches, and mentors who are committed to your child's daily success. We ask every Canterbury family to make the Annual Fund their top philanthropic priority.
- Why is the Annual Fund important?
- Why does parent participation matter?
- How much should I contribute?
- Isn’t my family’s support of the Capital Campaign and new Student Commons project a higher priority?
- Can I make a larger Annual Fund commitment and spread payments over time?
The Annual Fund is the school's second largest revenue source behind tuition, accounting for approximately 10 percent of the School’s operating budget. The Annual Fund must stay strong to ensure there are adequate resources every year to enhance and sustain Canterbury’s distinctive margin of excellence.
Many of our peer schools count on parent participation rates of 80 percent or higher in their annual fund. The percentage of parent support is also important in the eyes of major donors and grant-making foundations. Broad-based giving is a sign of institutional strength. Even more so, strong parent giving is an affirmation of your family’s belief in school leadership and Canterbury’s educational mission.
Your gift, of any amount, is deeply appreciated and very important. We ask you to consider giving as generously as you are able, but whatever the amount, it is your participation that Canterbury values most. The average gift to the Canterbury Annual Fund ranges between $1,000 and $1,500; however, gifts range from $10 to $100,000.
If you are in a position to give at a significant level, we hope that you will consider a leadership contribution starting at $10,000 or more. Your extraordinary philanthropy will have an immediate, demonstrable impact on the daily lives of our students and teachers.
We ask that you always give to the Annual Fund first. Gifts for the Annual Fund are crucial in providing current-use and flexible dollars that meet the School’s immediate needs.
While we are in our Campaign, every member of the Canterbury community is asked to support our capital building projects and the Annual Fund to the best of their ability. If you are interested in learning more about Mission & Momentum: The Campaign for Canterbury, please contact Associate Director of Advancement Jen Loprinzo via email or call 860.210.3941.
Annual Fund gifts contributed early will help build momentum, inspiring others to contribute. We are happy to develop a payment schedule that will allow your family to make a larger commitment and spread payments over multiple installments. June 30 is the end of our fiscal year period and all pledges must be paid in full at that time.
The Canterbury Parent Peer Program connects and builds relationships among our families while educating them on the tradition of giving at our School. Our Parent Peer volunteers give generously of their time and resources, helping to acclimate new families to the Canterbury community and encouraging parent participation in the Annual Fund.
If you are interested in partnering with the Advancement Office and becoming a Parent Peer Program volunteer, please contact Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving Kate Heslin '96 via email or 860.210.3954.
"As parents of a graduated Saint, we gladly contribute to the Canterbury Annual Fund because we know how much the Canterbury experience meant and continues to be valued by our daughter. She will proudly tell anyone that Canterbury served as a great learning experience, built lasting friendships, and instilled the Canterbury values that she holds dear today. She will be a Saint forever!
By donating annually, we hope others can be afforded the same opportunities. There is no greater return on our investment than to watch fellow Saints grow and prosper."
-Joseph and Rebecca Dooley P '10