2013 Annual Fund Update

Why Your Support Matters

We are pleased to report that, for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, current DA parents contributed $2.03 million to the Annual Fund with a participation rate of 65%. The Annual Fund total was a record for Deerfield, while the 65% participation rate was higher than 2012. In addition, past parents and grandparents added more than $680,000 to the parent giving total, an important contribution to Deerfield’s Annual Fund total of $5.76 million. Overall, the Academy received more than $25 million in cash gifts for fiscal year 2013, helping the Imagine Deerfield campaign reach a year two total of $142 million. We made increasing Annual Fund participation a primary objective this year as parent participation has been lagging some in recent years. For those parents who are new to Deerfield, you will be approached about contributing to the Annual Fund in fiscal year 2014 as the school year develops.

It is important to note that through the generosity of parents, Deerfield continues to invest in advancing its academic programs with classes such as:

  • AP Cambridge: Global H2O, a 2-year program looking at the scientific, geopolitical, and economic issues related to water;
  • Electric Vehicle Engineering, in which students design and build an electric vehicle for competitions; and
  • Biochemical Research, which uses a small team approach to investigating natural and synthetic molecules that interact with biological systems.

Deerfield would not be the school that it is today without a solid history of parent support. Through the years, parent giving has been instrumental in creating a school with rock-solid financial stability, along with a diverse, uniquely talented faculty and student body. This has enabled Deerfield to remain a community accentuated by sit-down meals and close faculty/student relationships in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the dorms.

“Philanthropy represents the difference between a good school and a great school, and it is this tradition of support that has created all the reasons our students wanted to come to Deerfield in the first place.” -William Barry ’77 P’11,’15, Director of Parent Giving

We appreciate your incredible support as we continue this tradition and ask you to give generously to the 2014 Annual Fund when approached later this year.


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