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How does Friends support operating expenses?

With an annual budget of $38.5 million (2015-16), Friends Seminary depends on voluntary gifts to help balance its budget. The School’s income comprises four main sources: tuition (85%), auxiliary programs (6%), the Fund for Friends (annual giving) (7%) and interest from the endowment (2%).

The Fund for Friends (annual giving)
Each year, Friends Seminary asks every member of the community to contribute to the Fund for Friends. These unrestricted gifts provide necessary income to the School’s operating budget and make up the shortfall between tuition and endowment incomes and the actual cost of a Friends education. We encourage the Friends community will make a gift to the Fund for Friends before participating in other areas of philanthropy at the School. The high level of participation inspires institutional donors to support the School and is a testament to the strength of the Friends Seminary community. Click here for more on Annual Giving.

Faculty Enrichment Fund
The Faculty Enrichment Fund directly supports programs for faculty and staff to continue to grow professionally through participating in workshops, conferences and other development opportunities. The opportunity to participate in this fund is offered annually in the enrollment contract. 

How does Friends advance as an institution?

Capital and Endowment Campaigns
Every few years, Friends conducts capital campaigns to support long-term capital projects including building renovations, additions to the physical plant and increasing the School’s endowment. Capital campaigns strengthen the School’s ability to carry out our unique mission and build upon our Quaker values.

In 2010, the School concluded the Lift Every Voice campaign which funded the renovation and increased endowment for two of our core values: faculty support and diversity through financial aid. With an internal goal of building the endowment to $30 million in the next few years, Friends completed an endowment initiative to mark the School’s 225th anniversary. A larger endowment will provide a more stable financial base to the School as well as allow for expanded programs, increased financial aid and keeping faculty compensation at a competitive level. Most importantly, Friends will have the security of resources to sustain the excellent education for our students in future economic crises. Click here for more on Endowment Giving.

Planned Giving: Friends for the Future
Following the generous example of Robert Murray, a Quaker whose bequest opened the doors of Friends Seminary in 1786, you can positively impact the School through Friends for the Future, our planned giving program. A planned gift may allow you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible. Planned gifts can take many forms, from a bequest to an insurance policy to a trust. Click here for more on Planned Giving.

In what other ways can I support Friends?

Parents support the School as volunteers, giving time, energy and skills with Admissions, the Benefit, the Fund for Friends (annual giving), Library, Lunar New Year celebration, Maker Day, Parents Association, Senior Dinner and Gift. Alumni are invited to serve as Class Agents, Reunion Giving Chairs and Class Secretaries. Click here to sign up.

Sandra Jelin Plouffe ’93  Exemplary Volunteer Commendation
The Commendation was established in 2018 in memory of Sandra Jelin Plouffe ’93, who served Friends Seminary as a volunteer for more than 20 years. Recipients of the commendation are members of the Friends Seminary community who have distinguished themselves by extraordinary contributions and achievements in service to the School over a number of years and in a number of roles. The School appreciates and honors the contributions of volunteers as it depends on them for their gifts of time and commitment. To learn more about the Commendation and how to nominate a member of our community click here.
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.

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