Why Support

As a not for profit organization, we rely on gifts, above and beyond tuition, to enable and sustain our growth.

From the time Corlears School opened its doors in 1968, school families have worked together to financially support the school and its mission and that tradition continues today with our Annual Fund.

Tuition does not cover all of the expenses associated with a quality independent education that includes a robust financial aid program, ongoing professional development for staff, a state-of-the art facility, and the provision of competitive salaries and benefits for all personnel.  Donations to the school help us model lifelong habits of generosity for our children.

Our Director of Development and Communication, Erin Levi Blondes, is responsible for working with the Head of School, Board of Trustees, and the Parents Association to coordinate and execute all fundraising activities of the school, including:

The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of all immediate need, unrestricted fundraising at Corlears. The Annual Fund allows us to support school-wide activities. Gifts to the Annual Fund supplement the operating budget and are used to support staff salaries, tuition aid, classroom materials, trips, teacher enrichment and professional development, maintenance of the physical building and much, much more.

 The Auction 

Our major fundraising event of the school year provides key financial support for all aspects of the school. Parents are asked to donate auction items of goods and/or services, solicit gifts from friends and associates, and to bid generously during the event. The Director of Development works closely with volunteer Auction Co-Chairs to coordinate this event. It is considered a fundraising as well as friend-raising event with discounted tickets available for families on financial aid as well as underwritten tickets for staff members.

Corlears’ families, grandparents, staff, alumni, alumni parents, foundations, and friends provide financial support to Corlears every year because they have a deep commitment to a school that fosters innovative thinking and a sense of social responsibility in young children.

We are grateful to our generous community for their many contributions.

For more information about how you can make a gift to Corlears, please contact:

Erin Levi Blondes

212.741.2800
212.807.1550