For over 75 years, Congressional School has cared for and inspired our students, collaborated with parents, nurtured relationships with our alumni and celebrated our many successes as a community. We would not be at this point without strong leadership, shared values and a willingness to get involved and give back. We invite you to help us support the students, faculty and programs by contributing annually to The Congressional Fund.

Your commitment and philanthropy are at the heart of sustaining our excellence and building a stronger future. In 2015-2016, The Congressional Fund enabled us to provide significant investments in technology including our 1:1 iPad program, professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, supported innovative programs like Singapore Math and campus-wide beautification projects.

All gifts to the The Congressional Fund, regardless of size, make a difference in the lives of 320 students every day and are greatly appreciated. Gifts and pledges for the 2016 - 2017 academic year may be received through August 31, 2017.

Leadership Circle

Founding Family Circle                     $20,000 or more                                             
Chairman Circle                                 $10,000 - $19,999                                           
Trustee Circle                                     $5,000 - $9,999                                               
Head of School Circle                       $2,500 - $4,999                                                
Leadership Circle                              $1,000 - $2,499                                                


Chris Pryor, Director of Advancement.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is The Congressional Fund so important when I'm already paying tuition for my child to attend Congressional School?

Tuition does not cover the full cost of operating Congressional School. The Congressional Fund currently comprises 1.5% of the current operating budget. Support of The Congressional Fund is important because it helps augment the budget while providing additional resources for our faculty and students to ensure an excellent educational experience for every child.

Is my gift to The Congressional Fund tax deductible?

Yes, your donation is 100% tax deductible since Congressional School is as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

When should I give my gift?

The Congressional Fund year runs from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017. You may give your gift at any point, but we encourage you to pledge or give by Tuesday, November 15, Congressional Giving Day.


You may make a pledge by e-mailing Chris Pryor, Director of Advancement, at and pay by August 31, 2017.

What are the goals for The Congressional Fund this year?

We are seeking to exceed last year’s giving total of $202,000 in gifts by raising $215,000 during the 2016-17 academic year. 

How can I make my contribution to The Congressional Fund?

Gifts can be made online or through cash, checks, credit cards, securities, as well as, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC #40837). You may also pledge by emailing Chris Pryor, Director of Advancement at and pay your pledge by August 31, 2017.

What is a Leadership Gift and are their different Leadership Circles?

A Leadership Gift is any gift of $1,000 or more to The Congressional Fund. We have several different Leadership Gift Clubs: Leadership Circle ($1,000 - $2,499), Head of School Circle ($2,500 - $4,999), Trustee Circle ($5,000 - $9,999), Chairman Circle ($10,000 or 19,000) and Founding Family Circle ($20,000 or more).

Do I have to give my entire gift at once or can I contribute over a period of time?

Many donors elect to pay in installments or opt for a recurring payment. Please let us know your giving preference and we are happy to support you.

I work for a company that matches my donations. Will Congressional accept matching gifts?

Yes, we have a number of companies that support their employees through matching gifts. Please let us know what you need from us in order to process the match through your organization. It also doubles your gift which is great!

Can I designate my gift towards a certain area?

Yes, you can designate your gift. Please contact Chris Pryor, Director of Advancement, to discuss your gift and how you would like to direct it. Chris can be reached at 703-533-8167 or

Can family members contribute? If so, do they receive any special recognition for doing so?

Yes, anyone can contribute to The Congressional Fund. All donors receive a letter of thanks and gift receipt letter from the Director of Advancement. Donors are also listed in our Annual Report and Leadership Donors, gifts of $1,000 or more, are invited to our annual Congressional Fund Leadership in the Fall.

Rather than donating money, is it an option for me to donate my professional time to Congressional School?

We strongly encourage individuals to volunteer and share their expertise. We are a community and our collective knowledge will make Congressional a stronger institution and learning environment. There are a number of opportunities to volunteer throughout the year; however, we still ask that families support The Congressional Fund for the aforementioned reasons.

Are the total amounts donated shared with anyone outside of the Advancement Office?

Individual donor information is limited to a very small group of individuals at Congressional School. All donations are held in the strictest confidence, too. We do provide aggregate donor information in the Annual Report, on the Advancement section of our website, as well as, to the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and Association of Independent School of Greater Washington (AISGW).

Who makes the decision about how donations are spent?

Decisions about how Congressional School allocates its resources are determined by our Head of School in conjunction with members of the Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees. If a gift is designated to a certain area, the gift will be used as requested. If a gift is not designated, it will go toward our area of greatest need.

The Congressional Schools of Virginia, Inc. is listed as a 501 (c) (3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service; therefore your contribution is tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.