“Why does Deerfield need my support every year?”

Annual Giving

Gifts of time, talent, and resources from scores of volunteers are what set Deerfield apart. The success of the Annual Fund is directly attributable to the over 400 alumni volunteers who keep their peers in touch with the Deerfield community. Personal relationships make the difference at Deerfield… You are our greatest advocate!

Learn more about volunteering or make your gift today.

In a labor intensive industry such as education, where student-to-teacher ratios are a competitive advantage, there are significant costs associated with having the best people working at Deerfield. People are Deerfield’s greatest asset—and its greatest expense. Salaries and benefits for faculty and staff make up approximately 55% of Deerfield’s budget.

Simply put, quality is expensive. Deerfield strives to offer its students programs, experiences, and a curriculum that is unparalleled—and doing that costs money. We look to our alumni, parents, and friends to help offset the costs associated with the high-quality education that Deerfield provides. Competitive faculty salaries, exceptional arts and athletics resources, and a substantial financial aid program are made possible thanks to your support year after year.

Annual Fund donors at the $25,000 level or higher who direct their gifts toward financial aid can now be matched with a current student through Deerfield’s Annual Fund Scholars Program.

For more information, contact Betsey Dickson ’94, Director of the Annual Fund.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon graduating from Deerfield, alumni enter a diverse network of former Deerfield students. Deerfield alumni have ventured into almost every area of employment, and many are at the top of their respective fields. The advantages of this vast network are numerous and significant, as every member of the Deerfield family receives the following:

Alumni are also eligible for alumni awards, such as the Ashley Award, Heritage Award, and the Mimi Morsman Award.

There are no membership fees or dues for members of the Deerfield family, but Deerfield does ask for assistance in a few areas. First of all, in order for Deerfield to have the most up-to-date records possible, we encourage members to keep us apprised of their current contact info. Alumni are also urged to direct all concerns and suggestions regarding Deerfield’s operations through the Executive Committee, the governing body of the Alumni Association. The committee acts as the voice of the alumni body, and works closely with the school administration. In order to keep tuition affordable and the quality of a Deerfield education at its highest, the Academy depends upon the continuing support of alumni and their families. This support can take the form of annual or capital gifts, or time spent volunteering on behalf of Deerfield.

There are Deerfield Clubs in many major American cities. Please visit here for more information on specific clubs and their sponsored events. 

Of course! Be sure to read the latest issue of From Albany Road in your email’s in-box for current news of what is happening on campus. As we also send out periodic invitations, it’s always best to make sure we have your current physical address. And if you do plan on visiting campus, why not tell us ahead of time?

Contact the Office of Advancement

7 Boyden Lane, PO Box 306
Deerfield, MA 01342