Light the Way: For today and the future

The Light the Way Endowment Campaign is a $1.5 million campaign to grow the FCS Endowment. When we meet the $1.5 million goal, the Endowment will be a significant source of revenue, independent from tuition, to help FCS reach 3 important goals:
 
1. Increase faculty compensation, ensuring we attract and retain talented teachers;
2. Expand funded financial aid, keeping the school accessible to area families and supporting our economically diverse community;
3. Add professional resources, giving faculty the additinal tools and skills to challenge and support every student. 

You are invited to become a donor to the FCS Endowment. Yours will be an ongoing legacy of an FCS eduction for future generations. Gifts may be directed to any of these FCS Endowment Funds:

      • The Main FCS Endowment 
      • The Bernadette M. Blum Endowment
      • The Confer Music and Art Endowment
      • The Jane Manring Endowment
      • The Sue Curtis Endowment

Gifts/pledges from Alumni families will be matched $1 for $1, up to $50,000, by a generous matching gift donor! Simply state that you are an Alumni family when making your gift or pledge.

The Light the Way Campaign also offers the opportunity to establish a named endowment fund with a gift of $30,000 or more. 

Thank you for your support of FCS.

Please contact the Advancement office for details and any questions about giving/pledge options.

Light the Way Campaign Kick-off 11/2017

Last year, more than 150 FCS parents, alumni families and friends of the school gathered to celebrate the launch of the Light the Way Campaign for FCS. 

Students shared their reflections about FCS, the Clerks of the Campaign, parents Earl Adams, Jr, Tamara Devieux-Adams, and Albert Morales, described the aspects of FCS that inspired their passionate support of the school, and Larry Clements announced that the school had already raised $710,000 in Endowment commitments. Teachers Alexandra Whyte (K) and Jennie Claiborne (8th) spoke about their journeys as teachers. The Spirit of FCS video (written and produced by Alumna Aziza Afzal, with videography and editing by alumni parents Bruce Dixon and Ray Lane) premiered. Parent and chef Jay Keller provided gourmet hors d'oeuvres served by 7th and 8th graders. John Scroggins and Derian Douglas took beautiful photos of the evening.

Thank you to the Board Advancement Committee, the entire Board of Trustees, teachers, parents, students, Adelphi Friends Meeting, and friends of the school who made it a special evening for everyone.

#FCSLIGHTTHEWAY

How does FCS Light the Way? So many ways!
Show us your way on Instagram. Every photo at #FCSLightTheWay earns $1 from an anonymous donor for the endowment campaign, up to $500.

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. 
  • IRA, Stock or Mutual Fund Gifts

    A gift through a direct transfer of part of your minimum IRA distribution may reduce your income tax. Gifts of appreciated securities may also offer you significant tax savings. FCS’s Schwab brokerage account number is #1036-0794. Our DTC number is #0164. Please contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 for details and to let us know to expect your transaction. Thank you!
  • Pledge to Give

    Pledges allow donors to plan their giving over time. Often, pledges give you as the donor a way to make a larger donation than if your gift were paid today.   

    You may make a pledge to be paid either in the future via a lump sum or in installments, within a single year or over several years. The online giving form makes giving or pledging simple using a credit or debit card. You may also download a paper pledge form, or contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 or christine@friendscommunityschool.org to pledge your support. 

  • Corporate Matching Gifts

    Many companies offer 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 you or 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.

    FCS’s Schwab brokerage account number is #1036-0794. Our DTC number is #0164. 

    Please contact Christine Dunathan at 301-441-2100 to let us know your gift is coming, or to learn more about the planned giving options available.
Download this Endowment Giving Form if you prefer to mail in your contribution to the School.

Why Endowment?

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  • Resilience

    An endowment provides a cushion from the unexpected and shifts in the economy.
  • Innovation

    An endowment provides seed funding for initiatives outside of annual budget constraints.
  • Planning

    An endowment ensures there are resources to meet long-term strategic goals.
  • Commitment

    An endowment offers a way to leave a legacy for future generations of learners.








FCS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Gifts to the school are fully eligible for tax deduction.

FCS Advancement

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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