A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Annual Fund FAQ

What is the Annual Fund, and why is it important?

Tuition alone does not cover the actual cost of a Far Hills education. Every student at Far Hills Country Day School is on financial assistance. As a school, we must raise over $1 million annually to cover the gap between revenue and expense. Tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund are the most critical source of non-tuition income. For every $1 contributed to the Annual Fund, $.95 goes directly to support everything from faculty salaries and professional development, art, science and classroom supplies, technology, athletic equipment, field trips, unique beyond-the-classroom experiences, and most importantly, this year, the health, safety, and extensive preparations undergone to help Far Hills students and families feel safe and secure despite current global health considerations. 

Why not just increase tuition?

Almost every independent school in the country uses the same business model as we do - one which builds in a gap between tuition and expenses that needs to be filled by philanthropy. If we were to raise our tuition to cover the actual cost of a Far Hills education, we would not remain competitive with other local independent schools. Also, gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible.

Why is 100% participation so crucial?

Everyone who joins the Far Hills community has a responsibility to do their part. Every gift matters and inspires all to embrace Far Hills' tradition of generosity, which has been passed on from generation to generation for the past 90 years. Investment in our community is key to the success of Far Hills Now and for years to come. Far Hills is much more than just a school to drop your kids off, pick them up, and occasionally speak with a teacher. It's a special place for our students and our community to engage and be involved and inspired by our everyday ability to help our students reveal their life-long love of learning. The lives of every one of our families and our community become intertwined. The dollars we donate now expand the community's reach and diversity and allow us to maintain and construct safe and unique facilities.

I can't afford to give much. Does my small gift really make a difference? 

Yes! Every gift truly does make a difference. Small gifts can make a significant collective impact and inspire much larger gifts. And, this year, for the first time, we are offering the opportunity of becoming a monthly donor- giving an amount that fits your budget monthly to make an even more significant impact! Every contribution, no matter how small, counts toward our participation rate and the bottom line.

When should I make my gift?

Early pledges and gifts are much appreciated because we use the funds raised towards this year's operating budget and plan more effectively. Pledges can be paid until June 30, 2021.

What is the dollar goal for the Annual Fund?

For the 2020–21 fiscal year, over 50% of our philanthropic income comes from the Annual Fund, and the goal is $525,000.

Do you accept matching gifts?

Yes! Matching gifts from your employer are an excellent way to increase your support to the Annual Fund. To see if your company matches contributions, please contact your Human Resources department. 

Do you accept gifts of securities? 

Yes! If you choose to make a stock gift to Far Hills, please contact the Development Office at 908-766-0622, ext. 1464 to let us know of your intentions to transfer stock or for any assistance. You will need to let us know the number and issuer of shares donated and the date of the transfer. Please instruct your broker/banker to transfer the securities to the school's brokerage account using the information below:

Merrill Lynch

100 Campus Drive

Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone: 973-301-6350 or 973-301-7609

DTC: 5198 / Account number: 438-04M25

 

What are the different ways to give? 

1. Venmo @SupportFarHills

2. Visit www.fhcds.org/donate to make your one-time OR recurring gift

3. Text2Give by texting FH to 243-725

4. Check made payable to "Far Hills Country Day School" and mailed to Far Hills Country Day School, P.O. Box 8, 697 Route 202, Far Hills, NJ 07931

 

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