The Bay Farm Community
Giving at Bay Farm
Bay Farm is committed to providing a challenging academic environment and a nurturing community for our students. As is true for any independent school, tuition revenues are the school’s primary source of income, but cover only a portion of the expenses incurred providing a rich and exciting educational environment for our students and maintaining the school’s nine-acre campus.
To bridge the gap between our tuition revenue and the true cost of a Bay Farm education, the fundraising program at Bay Farm is no different than any other not-for-profit educational institution. To give the school financial security and stability, we seek gifts and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations. These generously donated funds provide necessary support for educational programming, financial aid grants, the school’s operational budget, as well as for maintenance and improvement of our campus and facilities.
It is our hope that each and every member of the Bay Farm community — the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, current families, grandparents, special friends, and our passionate alumni — will support the school to the best of their ability. Participation is not required — it is an essential and completely voluntary way to demonstrate support for the wonderful educational environment at Bay Farm.
The Bay Farm Fund supports all of the elements that make the best education possible – field trips, technology, classroom materials, and professional development for teachers. It also supports our Right-Fit Tuition, enriching our community by extending the opportunity for a Bay Farm education to children for whom it would otherwise not be possible.
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Why is Annual Giving Necessary?
Tuition for Bay Farm only covers a portion of the school's annual operating budget. The Annual Fund helps bridge this gap. Independent schools, such as Bay Farm, rely solely upon tuition revenues and philanthropic gifts to meet operating and capital expenses.
Why is participation important?
Bay Farm’s budget is set with a built in deficit that is only filled by annual giving and the generosity of individual givers. Our financial strength is dependent upon the participation of our entire school community. Your participation generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting Bay Farm. High participation is a vote of confidence, a sign that parents support the Bay Farm’s mission. We strive for 100% participation.
Do corporations and foundations support the Annual Fund?
Corporations contribute to Bay Farm by offering matching gifts to their employees’ contributions. You may want to check with your employer to see if such a program exists.
If I can only afford to make a small gift, does it really make an impact?
Yes! Every gift counts. Regardless of the size of the gift, it is an expression of your support. Participation matters!
How much should I give?
This is a question that only you can answer. Because of the direct impact that these gifts have on the day-to-day activities at Bay Farm, we hope you will give at the highest level you feel is most comfortable.
When is the best time to give?
We encourage individuals and families to pledge and make gifts early in the school year (between September and December). Early donations translate into lower administrative and communications costs per dollar raised. However, you can give at any time during the Annual Fund period that coincides with the school’s fiscal year from July 1st through June 30th
Can I spread my payments out over time or do I have to pay it all at once?
Yes, you can spread your payments out over time. While your pledge amount to the annual fund must all be paid by June 30th, you can elect to pay monthly, quarterly, etc. Just contact the Advancement Office to determine the right plan for you.
What are the benefits of giving to the Annual Fund?
There are approximately 156 reasons to give to the Annual Fund – each with a unique face and talent. A gift to the Annual Fund directly benefits every child at Bay Farm.
What areas of the School do Annual Fund dollars support?
A gift to the Annual Fund supports our rich academic, athletic, and arts programs, retention of our skilled, motivated, and caring faculty, care for our campus and facilities, and in short, every element of our school.