Charitable Giving at FCS


Charitable giving is a cornerstone of FCS.  Gifts from parents, staff, students, alumni families, grandparents, and friends of the school help our community grow over the last 30 years. Through philanthropy, our community invests in every aspect of the school. From teachers and curriculum to classrooms and outdoor spaces, it takes an active giving community to keep FCS strong and thriving.  You can make a charitable donation to any of the school's funds by clicking the Donate Now button to the right.

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  • Annual Giving Fund

    The Annual Giving Fund underwrites the full cost of running FCS, keeping tuition lower than it would otherwise have to be to cover the cost of educating our students. The Annual Giving Fund makes possible many enriching programs during the year, including:

    • student trips and field studies
    • speakers and residencies
    • professional development for faculty
    • library and technology resources
    • curriculum development
    • grounds enhancements, and many other areas of the school

    Robust Annual Giving gives the school flexibility to take advantage of additional opportunities as they arise.  And, unlike tuition, charitable gifts to FCS are eligible for tax deduction.

    Every child at FCS benefits from the Annual Giving Fund!  LEARN MORE 


  • Endowment Giving


    Endowment giving ensures FCS' long term financial strength. Through the generousity of FCS donors to the Endowment Campaign, FCS can ensure financial aid and protect the School's economic diversity, attract and retain excellent faculty, and fund new/expanded academic programs and resources.  

    Growth of the endowment is essential for FCS' financial strength and stability.  If you are interested in learning more about supporting FCS through an Endowment or other major gift, please contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100.  
  • Blackburn Financial Aid

    The Blackburn Financial Aid Fund was established by Thomas and Olive Blackburn, one of the "founding families" of FCS. This key fund receives significant support from the Spring Auction, Adelphi Friends Meeting, and FCS families and other individual donors. More than 40% of FCS students receive financial aid, with substantial support through the Blackburn Fund.  
  • Planned Giving

    Discover ways to support the long term strength of FCS while meeting your family's financial needs now and in the future. You don't have to be wealthy to make a meaningful gift that helps the school grow and thrive!  

    Thoughtful gift planning helps secure your own financial future, reduces your tax burden, and benefits the school.  There are many options for giving a planned gift, including some with immediate and ongoing benefits during your lifetime.  FCS can work with your financial or legal advisor to complete a gift to the school.  Contact Christine Dunathan, Director of Advancement, at 301-441-2100 for more information about planned giving.  
  • Confer Music and Art Fund

    The Confer Music and Art Fund
    Established by June and Harold B. Confer, two of FCS’s founders, this fund honors Harold S. Confer, Sr. as well Harold B. Confer, Jr, who passed away in September 2014.

    The Confer Fund supports the music and art education at FCS, providing instruments and art equipment, and funding for visiting artists and performers.

    In accordance with the wishes of the Confers, one-half of each donation to this fund is to be spent in the year it is received, and one-half directed to long term investment in the Confer Music and Art Endowment.  

  • Environmental Education Fund

    The Elizabeth Hole Environmental Education Fund
    Environmental education is supported by this fund, created in honor of Elizabeth Hole, longtime teacher and inspiration for green initiatives at FCS.
  • Playground Fund

    The Playground Fund
    Broad support of the Playground Fund made the FCS playground possible. Gifts to this fund help with playground maintenance and expansion.  

    In addition to outright gifts, FCS community members may purchase an inscribed brick, paver, or community square to be placed in the path through the FCS Peace Garden in the center circle. Consider joining with family, friends, or classmates to commemorate a person, an event, or share a thought or feeling. The bricks are locally made.  Contact the Advancement office for an order form.
  • Capital Campaign

    The Green and Growing Campaign for FCS
    Thanks to our entire school community, FCS opened the 2013-14 school year with new facilities, including a new science lab and art studio, new middle school classroom space and lockers, and a new performing arts stage.

    The Green and Growing Campaign for FCS raised the full cost of the project--over $1.4 million--through charitable giving by every part of our community. 

    Well done, everyone!

FCS Advancement

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Ways of Giving

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  • Cash or Credit/Debit Card Gifts

    Convenient, secure online gifts may be made by clicking on the Donate Now button at the top right of the page. 

    If you would like to pay by check, please make it payable to Friends Community School, with the fund to which you are giving written on the memo line, and mail it to FCS at the address below.  

    You may also give by using an FCS donation envelope, mailed in late Fall and always available in the school foyer. Telephone donations are also possible.  Please call Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 for a donation envelope or to make a gift by telephone. 
  • Stock or Mutual Fund Gifts

    Gifts of appreciated securities may offer significant tax savings for you, the donor. Securities can be transferred from your account directly to FCS’s brokerage account at Schwab, DTC number. Please contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 for the details you need to set up the transfer.
  • Pledge to Give

    Pledges allow donors to plan their giving over time. Often, pledges give donors a way to make a larger donation than would otherwise be possible were the gift made in a single payment now.  

    You may make a pledge to be paid either in a lump sum or in installments.  You may also pledge to give within a single year or to give over multiple years. You may use the online giving form to make your pledge, or contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 to make a pledge of support.

    At your request, FCS can arrange to have your pledge paid from a bank account you designate according to your payment schedule.  Please mention this option when you contact Christine if you would like to use it.
  • Corporate Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer their employees a matching gift program that matches or even triples the value of your gift. Please contact your Human Resources Office to see if your company offers such a program. For questions or assistance with any paperwork, please contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100.
  • Charitable Gift Annuities, Bequests, and Other Planned Giving

    Planned giving benefits the school and can also provide your estate with significant tax and/or income benefits. FCS offers a number of planned giving options, including charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, and bequests of cash, securities, insurance, and other assets. Please contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 to learn more about the planned giving options available.

Annual Fund Update

  1. 100
  2. 90
  3. 80
  4. 70
  5. 60
  6. 50
  7. 40
  8. 30
  9. 20
  10. 10
  11. 0
Goal $90,000.00
Current $90,300.00
Remaining $0.00
Goal Participation 80%
Current Participation 86%
As of Date 3/31/2017
Start Date 10/18/2016
End Date 6/30/2017
Last Year Participation 76%

We've just met the goal!  Our community has done an outstanding job on behalf of the students. Thank you all, very much. 

You can still be part of the amazing wave of parent or community participation!  A gift of any amount counts.  
 

 
First graders practicing their collaborative composition for drum, tambourine and voice.


FCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Gifts to the school are fully eligible for tax deduction. 
Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
Friends Community School
5901 Westchester Park Drive
College Park, Maryland 20740
301-441-2100