THE CONGRESSIONAL FUND
For 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 400 students every day and are greatly appreciated. Gifts and pledges for the 2020 - 2021 academic year may be received through August 31, 2021.
CONGRESSIONAL GIVE DAY 2020
CONGRESSIONAL FUND CO-CHAIRS
"When choosing Congressional for our kids four years ago, we fell in love with the campus, the curriculum, and the community. This year, especially, we are grateful our kids have a safe place to learn and explore, an excellent team to support them, and the opportunity to have fun and grow." — Carly and Mark Schacknies P’28 ‘30
"We love how the Congressional community feels like a family, especially in the current climate. There is a true sense of camaraderie as we strive for our children’s excellence, both socially and academically. We are excited see what’s next for Finn at Congressional and look forward to many bright years ahead." - Jen and Jeff Howard P’24
LEADERSHIP GIVING LEVELS
Vero Nihil Verius Society: $25,000 or more
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
FRIEND GIVING LEVELS
Red, Black, and White Circle: $600 - $1,199
Spirit Circle: $300 - $599
Young Alumni Circle: Up to $299
DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT
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.
Area of Greatest Need
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Need-Based Financial Aid
Lean about our Head of School, Dr. Gordon's, four priorities for our school
and how your gift can make a difference.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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 Chris Pryor, Assistant Head for Advancement and External Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org and pay by August 31, 2021.
We are seeking to exceed last year’s giving total of $291,000 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 Chris Pryor, Assistant Head of School for Advancement and External Affairs, fill out this online form and pay your pledge by August 31, 2021.
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!
- Area of Greatest Need
- Little School (Infants - Jr. Kindergarten)
- Big School (Kindergarten - Grade 8)
- 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.