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.  

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! 

Last year, donors made an important impact through $99,909 in Annual Fund gifts 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.

This year, the Annual Giving 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.

From the AGF Clerk

I see the impact of FCS every day in our children. Rick and I value the opportunity to support our students, the teachers, and the school.   

You may not know that tuition does not cover the cost of operating FCS. The Annual Giving is essential for helping to make up the difference. Without robust giving to the Annual Fund, tuition would have to be higher.  But unlike tuition, Annual Giving is fully eligible for tax deduction. 

Please join us in giving generously to this vibrant community school.  Already 100% of the Board given to the Annual Fund; faculty and staff are in the process of giving. They have launched us toward a great AGF year! 

With warm wishes,

Diana Rutherford, middle school parent 
AGF Clerk

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 AGF! 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 Giving 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 


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Goal $100,000.00
Current $3,500.00
Remaining $96,500.00
Goal Participation 95%
As of Date 10/1/2018
Start Date 10/19/2018
End Date 4/5/2019
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 Giving 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. 

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