What is Annual Giving?

The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign to which alumni, parents, grandparent, past parents, trustees, and friends make gifts that flow directly into Rippowam Cisqua School’s operating budget. Annual Fund gifts impact the day-to-day life of RCS and provide direct support for our academic, athletic, and arts programs making it possible for Rippowam Cisqua School’s exceptional faculty to challenge students to discover and explore their talents to the fullest.

Annual Fund gifts help Rippowam Cisqua to:

  • Attract and retain a superb faculty
  • Provide professional development opportunities for faculty
  • Support state-of-the-art technology
  • Expand options in the arts and athletics
  • Offer need-based tuition assistance to outstanding students
  • Maintain our campuses and facilities

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Pacesetters: $50,000 and above*
Benefactors: $25,000 and above*
Leaders: $15,000-$24,999*
Sponsors: $10,000-$14,999*
Partners: $2,500-$4,999
Members: $1,000-$2,499
Decade Society:       $100-$999 (Alumni up to ten years out)

*Donors at these levels are recognized as Leadership donors

Why Give?

Like most independent schools, RCS relies on tax-deductible gifts to meet its immediate needs. Tuition revenues at RCS do not cover the entire cost of running the School. The remainder of the budget is funded by endowment income, income from facilities rentals, funds raised at the bi-annual school auction, and the Annual Fund. Of these, the Annual Fund is by far the most significant, supplying 8% of the School’s operating budget every year.

Throughout its’ 99-year history, Rippowam Cisqua School has benefitted from a strong tradition of giving.Through the Annual Fund, this tradition has been maintained by each generation for the well being of the generations to come.

Every Gift Matters


Every Annual Fund gift is important and recognized in our overall success. The very act of participating with a gift of any size positions the School to attract support from foundations and corporations, so a single gift can actually spur additional gifts. Annual Fund support has a profound impact on the quality of the teaching and learning that takes place every day, and demonstrates confidence and belief in an RCS education.

Foundations Benefit Auction 2016

On Saturday, April 16 alumni, current and past parents, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the wonderful community that is Rippowam Cisqua School. The record-setting evening raised over $1 million to support the needs of our teachers and students, our Upper Campus renovation plans, and our overall innovation and technology initiatives. We extend our sincere gratitude to all who attended, and especially to event co-chairs Nancy Eaves and Cecilia Wolfson, and the many volunteers, underwriters and donors who generously contributed time, talent and resources to make Foundations such a huge success.