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For more than 80 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. All gifts to The Congressional Fund, regardless of size, make a difference in the lives of 450 students every day and are greatly appreciated. Gifts and pledges for the 2021 - 2022 academic year may be received through August 31, 2022.

1.  Phone: Call 703-533-8167
2.  Mail: Check may be sent to Congressional School
3.  Email: Send pledges to jorndorff@congressionalschool.org to be paid before August 31, 2022
4.  Online: Click Here
5.  Match Your Contribution: Check with your employer




David Family

We joined Congressional School in 2018 when our first-born son AJ was 9 months old. He joined the Infant-Toddler program and we immediately felt that we became part of the Congressional family as the faculty, staff, and overall community were extremely welcoming. Within our first 4 months, Stacy went into preterm labor and gave birth to our second son Alexander. He was born at just 26 weeks gestation. It was by far, the most difficult time we have faced. The Congressional community did everything to support our family with warm and thoughtful messages and prayers. AJ’s class constantly sent artwork to display in Alexander’s hospital room as the hospital became our second home for over four months. Alexander is now in his second year in the Infant-Toddler program and the school has been nothing short of amazing by going above and beyond considering the needs that we have for Alexander.

We have been extremely happy with the support our boys have received from Congressional School. Our boys have developed a special relationship with their teachers and staff members and it makes us happy and confident in our decision to join this amazing family.

The Little School has truly been amazing in allowing our boys to grow by nurturing their physical and emotional needs. We love hearing about their days and seeing all their projects.

AJ is now in preschool, Alex is in his final year of the Infant-Toddler program and our 6-month-old Adam will be joining the program as soon as we are ready to send him!

We feel blessed to be part of this community!

Anthony & Stacy David P'32 '33

Ilich Family Photo

We joined Congressional School in Fall 2019 when we moved our son, Grayson, from Arlington public school in second grade and had our second son, Jaxson, join the Jr. Kindergarten classroom.  At the time we were making the decision to leave public school, it didn't feel like an easy and straightforward choice.  But by the end of the first week at Congressional, we knew with absolute certainty that we had made the right choice for our boys and that we were joining a great school community!  The dedication and commitment, open communication, and ability to meet our children where they were in their educational path were obvious to us from our earliest interactions with Congressional faculty and administrators.

When the pandemic hit, our gratitude and commitment to Congressional were reaffirmed.  The school pivoted virtually on a dime to continue educating our kids in an incredibly difficult and untested environment.

Congressional has been so important to our boys' development and growth as learners, as people, and as citizens of our broader community.  We are continually amazed by what they are learning, by the joy they find every day, and their growth into the people we hope they will become.  Congressional's core values and mission shine through in their experiences and their development.

We have greatly enjoyed being a part of the Congressional School community and loved all the community-building events such as Fall Festival, International Night, and Innovation Night. Hopefully, we can come together again soon for these types of community events.  We hope the many new families that have come to Congressional in the last 18 months have found the school to be as welcoming and supportive as we have!  We look forward to getting to meet many of you in the coming months and welcoming you in person to this one-of-a-kind school!

Mark Ilich & Emily Hughes Ilich, P'26, '29


When you give to The Congressional Fund, you are able to choose from the options below to designate your gift to the area of your choice.

Two students cutting apples

Area of Greatest Need

Toddler playing with shaving cream

Little School

three students working together

Big School

Third grader in art class

The Arts

1st place photo of cross country team


Teacher with class outside

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Rebecca Ginnetti reading a book to students

Faculty Support

Two students fishing in the creek

Need-Based Financial Aid

Students working on science experiment


Learn about our Head of School, Dr. Gordon's, four priorities for our school
and how your gift can make a difference. 



Tuition does not cover the full cost of operating Congressional School. In fact, tuition accounts for only 69% of our annual operating costs. 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.

Yes, your donation is 100% tax deductible since Congressional School is as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our tax identification number is 54-1115179.

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

You may make a pledge by e-mailing Jessica Orndorff, Director of Advancement and External Affairs, at jorndorff@congressionalschool.org and pay by August 31, 2022.

We are seeking to exceed last year’s giving total of over $297,000 in gifts during the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Gifts can be made online or through cash, checks, credit cards, and securities. You may also pledge by emailing Jessica Orndorff, Director of Advancement and External Affairs, fill out this online form and pay your pledge by August 31, 2022.

A Leadership Gift is any gift of $1,200 or more to The Congressional Fund. We have several different Leadership Gift Levels: 

Vero Nihil Verius Society: $25,000

1939 Society: $20,000-$24,999

Great Thinkers and Leaders Society: $12,000-$19,999

Explorers Society: $8,500-$11,999 

Young Learners Society: $6,000-$8,499

Sleepy Hollow Society: $3,000-$5,999

Colts Society: $1,200-$2,999

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.

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!

Yes, you can designate your gift. You can choose from the options below when filling out our online donation or pledge forms.

  • Area of Greatest Need
  • Little School (Infants - Jr. Kindergarten)
  • Big School (Kindergarten - Grade 8)
  • STEM
  • Athletics
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Faculty Support and Development
  • Need-Based Financial Aid

Yes, anyone can contribute to The Congressional Fund. All donors receive a letter of thanks and gift receipt letter from the Head of School. Donors are also listed in our Annual Report.

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.

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).

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.

Congressional School, 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. 


Questions? Please contact:

Jessica Orndorff
Director of Advancement and External Affairs