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Why Give to Browne?
Everything you love about Browne is supported by our community’s generosity. As an independent school, Browne Academy does not receive government funding, which means that tuition and charitable gifts are the primary sources of financial support. Our community’s tradition of giving is vibrant and fundamental to our ongoing success.
Through philanthropic giving, our community of parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends takes an active role in fostering Browne’s mission and ensuring the best possible education for our students.
One day during Ms. Oberhofer's science class, we were learning about the human body and the heart. I remember just like it was yesterday when she showed us a video of the human heart beating inside of someone. Everyone else said ew!!, but I said wow. I will never forget how cool I thought that was and from that day, I knew I wanted to be a heart surgeon. I am so grateful for the ways in which my Browne teachers have inspired me, making me a confident well-rounded leader with a strong desire to make a positive contribution to this world.
Class of ’23, Browne student for 11 years
Some of the major things I learned at Browne are its core values: Excellence, Diversity, Character, and Community. What Excellence means to me is not to be perfect but to try to be the best version of myself. Diversity means to try including everyone and try to learn people’s backgrounds. Character for me is to be nice and kind to everyone and really just be yourself and be true to yourself. Lastly, Community. Community to me means involving everyone and doing everything you can to make connections -- not just at Browne, but everywhere you go.
Class of ’23, Browne student for four years
Ways to Support Our Students
Your philanthropic giving provides vital support that allows Browne to go above and beyond for our students. Our top giving priorities, the Annual Fund, Endowment, and Bruin Benefit, each provide unique resources in support of our students and teachers.
The Annual Fund is Browne Academy’s first giving priority and the school’s most critical fundraising effort. Providing unrestricted funds to the operating budget, it allows the school to deliver on its mission and enhance our students’ educational experience. Each year the Annual Fund provides additional teacher professional development, curricular enhancements, field trips and speakers, campus improvements, need-based tuition assistance, and the flexibility to meet unforeseen needs.
Endowments in independent schools play an important role in their financial stability and sustainability. In the short term, endowments provide critical budget support for current students, while simultaneously serving as a vehicle for long-term growth to ensure schools are well equipped to address future needs and priorities.
Thanks to the leadership and generosity of Peter Aliferis, first chair of the Browne Academy Board of Trustees, an endowment for Browne was established in 2018. As we grow the endowment, the investment revenue it generates will ensure Browne is here to provide our students an outstanding foundation for the next 80 years and beyond.
The Bruin Benefit is the school’s largest community event in support of our students and teachers. Each spring the adults of the Browne family gather for a fun evening to support a specific project that will enhance the educational experience of our students. Most recently the Benefit provided funds to upgrade smart boards in classrooms across campus and rebuild two of our playgrounds.
Ways of Giving
The Greystone Society honors those who make a leadership-level philanthropic commitment of $1,000 or more to Browne Academy. The Greystone Society brings together individuals who support Browne’s mission and core values through their philanthropic gifts to the school. Greystone Society members are invited to special programs and events held in their honor.
Head of School’s Circle
The Head of School’s Circle includes donors who contribute $5,000 or more to Browne Academy. Members are invited to an annual dinner hosted by the head of school in their honor.
Lifetime Giving Society
Created as part of the school’s 75th anniversary celebration, the Browne Academy Lifetime Giving Society honors the leadership and extraordinary support of our most generous benefactors who share in the goal of developing the whole child through extraordinary teaching, exceptional academic programs, and a nurturing community. This giving society recognizes those donors who have given $75,000 or more in their lifetimes.
Class of ’23, Browne student for 10 years
What makes Browne so special is the community–the staff, faculty, students, and families. From the welcoming good morning in carline to the AMAZING teachers who have encouraged and supported me all along the way. Browne has helped me improve not just academically, but in so many other ways. It helped me build confidence, take risks, and believe in myself.
Browne Academy Annual Report 2021-2022
Contributing to Browne allows you to take an active role in creating a bright future for students. See how your gifts pave the way for student success and make growth at Browne possible.
The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising programs at Browne Academy. As an independent school, Browne Academy does not receive any government funding, which means that tuition and generous charitable gifts are the primary sources of financial support. Participation in the Annual Fund is the most important way you can express your support for the school and your belief in the importance of a Browne Academy education. We ask the entire Browne Academy community to support the school by participating in the Annual Fund each year. Monies raised through the Annual Fund go immediately to initiatives enhancing the Browne Academy experience.
Your financial contributions to the Annual Fund support the people and programs that make Browne Academy a great school: talented teachers, small classes, library and instructional resources, technology, and enriching arts and athletic programs. Both your tuition and Annual Fund gifts finance your child’s education. Charitable gifts are a critical part of every independent school’s healthy financial profile.
Browne Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Unlike a business whose goal is to make money, Browne Academy’s goal is to provide our students with the very best education possible. By nature, high-quality schools are labor-intensive and people-oriented. In order to provide the best programs and competitive compensation to our outstanding faculty, the Board of Trustees continually evaluates and assesses tuition and fundraising initiatives. Unlike tuition, contributions to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible and allow each family to give at a meaningful, comfortable level.
The earlier we receive your gift, the earlier we can put it to work for all of our students. We encourage all families to make their pledges by Thanksgiving, though payments are accepted until the end of our fiscal year, August 30.
Yes, we would be happy to work out a pledge payment plan that is convenient for you. It is a great way to make a larger gift to the school without having to write one big check. For example, you can make a gift of $500, but only pay $50 a month for ten months. We can set up monthly and quarterly plans for families. Please contact the Development Office at (703) 960-3000, ext. 1005 to set up a pledge payment plan.
Yes! Please ask your employer about matching gift programs that support elementary schools. This is a great way to double your gift to Browne
Yes, you can give through either the United Way or CFC. Browne Academy is listed under our corporate name BSI, Inc. The United Way designation number is 8235, and the CFC designation is 56948. If you donate through one of these vehicles, please email the Advancement Office so we can properly recognize your contribution.