Philanthropy Matters!

FCS is known for its innovative curriculum, caring and supportive teachers, and confident students who know they can make a difference in the world. FCS graduates are sought after by leading area high schools and go on to make their mark on the world.   

Your gift to the Annual Fund supports academics, classroom resources and professional development, and more. Every donor and every gift is important to the school! 

This year, the Annual Fund goals are $100,000 and 95% parent participation. Your kind gift will make possible several ambitious projects and important continuing needs:
      • add two new playground structures, and address eroded playground areas;
      • native tree and other plantings to beautify and address water flow on campus;
      • a new 3D printer and expanded coding curriculum in the lower and middle school;
      • Catoctin, Fallingwater, and other overnight trips;
      • matching funds for integrated dance/geology studies;
      • 15 replacement microphones required due to bandwidth access changes;
      • professional development for faculty;
      • ongoing math curriculum development;
      • financial aid.

Last year, donors made an important impact through $99,909 in Annual Fund gifts with 93% parent participation that helped fund: 
      • Catoctin, Turkey Run and other overnight trips;
      • replacement projectors in 4 classrooms;
      • the new green roof over the school entrance;
      • ambitious drama, musical and other performances;
      • financial aid;
      • library and classroom materials;
      • expanded professional development.

Your gift makes the difference! 

Give or pledge a single gift or a sustaining monthly or quarterly gift. Giving is simple and secure online: click on Make a Gift Online or on the donation box at the top right. Give by check; give by transfer of securities or via a minimum IRA distribution (see Ways of Giving on the Make a Gift Online page).

All gifts are gratefully received. Thank you.

From the Annual Fund Clerk

   When Nick was in Kindergarten so many years ago, he would lay his head on his meeting partner’s shoulder during Meeting for Worship, and that very cool and caring 8th grader would put his arm around Nick. Eight years later, Nick as an 8th grader greeted his Kindergarten meeting partner with hugs and high fives. Nick looked forward to reading together each week, arm around his partner. It melted my heart.

   I have reflected a lot on what I value most about Nick’s years at FCS. As much as (or maybe more than) intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and commitment to doing one’s best, I value the kindness and empathy deeply ingrained in him. I see the same qualities in his younger sister, a different person in other ways, just as FCS nurtures these qualities in all our children. Whether through a meeting partner, teacher or advisor, our children are learning kindness and empathy as well as other important human qualities alongside academics. 
 
   The school asks each family to contribute to FCS as a giving priority. Gifts from grandparents, alumni families, and others 

   We have 2 great opportunities to make an outsized impact on the school with our gifts, thanks to 2 anonymous donors: 

   -- an extra $5,000 if we can raise $50,000 by Dec 31;
   -- and extra $10,000 if we can raise the full $100,000 goal by March 31.

   Gifts and pledges to give count toward these goals. Please give or pledge as generously as you can and keep FCS the school we know and love, where every voice is celebrated!

In peace, 

Adrienne, FCS parent

From Lee Hilling, FCS Great-Grandfather

   All eyes were on me in the 5/6 classroom as I shared stories and photos from my book about founding a children's hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. The students were spellbound.  

   Since that day, I have had book launching events in Kabul and elsewhere. None of those audiences was more engaged or challenging than that class. They were moved by the devastation of war, but also probing in their questions of its many causes. They truly empathized with the families affected and wanted to take action to make a difference. Students raised more than $600 for refugee aid! 

   With the education these young people receive at FCS, I feel optimistic about our country's future. FCS students learn to think critically and deeply as well as to be active citizens who know they can make a difference in here and across the world.  

   Please help sustain the school with a charitable gift to the Annual Fund! Our support provides the things that really enhance our grandchildren's education. Each year, the school counts on grandparents to raise 14% of the Annual Fund goal. This year I hope you will support FCS by giving to the Grandparent goal of $14,000.   

   Please join me in supporting FCS generously! I don't know of a better investment in our society and our future.

Thank you,

Lee Hilling 

ANNUAL FUND PROGRESS

  1. 100
  2. 90
  3. 80
  4. 70
  5. 60
  6. 50
  7. 40
  8. 30
  9. 20
  10. 10
  11. 0
Current $17,500.00
Remaining $82,500.00
As of Date 11/1/2018
Start Date 11/9/2018
End Date 3/31/2019
Last Year Amount $99,909.00
Last Year Participation 93%
Every gift makes a difference to FCS!  

Annual Giving Circles
for the 2018.19 school year

Gifts made to the Annual Fund will be gratefully acknowledged in the school's Annual Report in the following Giving Circles: 

   Founder               $10,000 +
   Stewardship          $5,000 - $9,999
   Diversity               $2,500 - $4,999
   Peacemaker          $1,000 - $2,499
   Unity                          $500 - $999
   Friends                       $250 - $499
   Community                    $1 - $249
 
In addition, all donors who make recurring gifts to the school will be acknowledged in the Sustainer Circle. 

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Donors who wish to give without reference to Giving Circle will be acknowledged in the Other Donors list in the Annual Report.

. Donors who wish to remain anonymous will be acknowledged as Anonymous in the Annual Report.

Your support is greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

FCS Advancement

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Thank you for your gift!

On behalf of all the inquisitive, creative, and enthusiastic learners at FCS, thank you for your support!  Your gift is greatly appreciated and makes a real difference in the life of the school. Questions?  Please contact Christine Dunathan, Director of Advancement, at (301) 441-2100.
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