Like all independent schools, Far Hills has an operating budget that relies on three main areas of income—tuition, endowment return and philanthropy. Annual Giving refers to the gifts made to FH each year that allow us to continue providing our students with a robust and well-rounded educational experience. As a school we must raise over $1.1 million annually to provide the Far Hills journey to our students. As such, gifts are our most important source of non-tuition income.
Just as each child is different, we know that each family is different. Areas of interest, motivation for giving, how you want to have an impact—it’s all very personal. Starting this year, we are pleased to offer our families the opportunity to direct their Annual Giving contributions to one of six areas of distinction:
· Teacher Professional Development
· Experiential Learning
· Student Activities and Support
· Area of Greatest Need
For every $1 contributed through Annual Giving, $.95 goes directly to support our students and teachers in the current academic year, allowing your generosity to have an immediate impact. Below is just a small sampling of what philanthropy allowed us to do for our students and teachers last year.
- Ten faculty members traveled to a weeklong summer conference focused on the latest advancements in Mind-Brain Research so they can better understand the complexities of a child’s developing brain, how children acquire and retain knowledge and how to share these findings with all our teachers.
- 14 class trips were taken, from Kindergarten to Grade 8, including a working farm and cider mill, the United Nations, the New Bedford Whaling Museum and the CNN newsroom.
- 35 all school assemblies and performances, ranging from Rock Roots: The History of American Music to modern interpretations of Shakespeare and FH’s own student-based talent showcases were delivered to our students.
- The Brain Space, a dedicated classroom outfitted with tools and technologies to enhance our design thinking, robotics, coding and digital citizenship curriculum was launched.
- Classrooms, fields and workspaces designed to foster independent learning, as well as essential life skills such as teamwork, creativity and collaborative problem-solving were maintained and enhanced.