Your gift has a direct impact on our students!
Since 1927, our community—faculty, trustees, parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and special friends—have generously supported Belmont Day School and the education it provides for every student. Our students are encouraged to have intellectual curiosity, honor differences, and empower meaningful contribution with excellence, respect, honesty, responsibility, caring, and joy. Throughout our history, Belmont Day has had a strong culture of giving to ensure that it can continue to deliver an education that inspires and challenges our students.
The Belmont Day Annual Fund consists of unrestricted gifts given every academic year by the entire school community to help meet needs in the yearly operating budget. The largest item supported is faculty and staff salaries and benefits including professional development. In addition, the annual fund provides funds for other needs such as new technology, financial aid, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and new curricula.
The annual fund ensures that educational programs and thoughtful investments in faculty and facilities are maintained and strengthened for future years. The school relies on gifts of all sizes to bridge the gap between what tuition covers and the cost of a Belmont Day education. Your gift has a direct impact on our school and our students. We are grateful for your support and commitment to Belmont Day.
Last year over 475 parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, foundations, and friends contributed to the annual fund. In recent years our school has received a steady increase in gifts from our alumni, grandparents, and friends. Parent participation in annual giving is consistently high. We are grateful for this incredible community support and commitment to Belmont Day.
Please consider joining one of our Giving Circles with a leadership gift.
Leadership Giving Circles:
|$1,000 to $3,499||Community Circle|
|$3,500 to $4,999||Blue & Gold Circle|
|$5,000 to $7,499||Learning Circle|
|$7,500 to $11,999||Sharing Circle|
|$12,000 to $14,999||Founder's Circle|
|$15,000 and above||Head's Circle|
Bell and Laurel Society
The Bell and Laurel Society inducted its first members in April 2019. The society recognizes donors who have given consecutively for ten or more years to the Belmont Day Annual Fund.
Eighth Grade Legacy Gift
The Eighth Grade Legacy Gift is a tradition that provides a meaningful way for eighth grade families to honor their time at Belmont Day. Over the years, many have chosen to make a legacy gift to share their appreciation for their children's unparalleled education and experience at Belmont Day. This gift also provides an opportunity for our eighth graders to learn about the importance of philanthropy and giving back.
Traditionally our eighth grade families have worked together to decide what the class would support, and in 2019 we created a formal voting process for families to choose the designation. This year with our essential need to offset COVID-19 costs, we will be asking families to select one of the COVID-19 related expenses to help cover as this year’s Eighth Grade Legacy Gift.
To share a bit of recent history, in 2020, the BDS Grade 8 Parent Fund for Excellence in Teaching contributed $128,332 to the school in support of professional development. In the past, legacy gifts have supported the purchase of the Claflin Field scoreboard, financial aid, air conditioning in the Kiva, and professional development.
The legacy gift goal for the families of the Class of 2021 is $200,000 and will support our annual fund and its subset, the COVID-19 Relief Campaign, with a specific focus area to be decided.
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