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Advancement Overview

Promoting and Sustaining our School

Burgundy’s Advancement Office is responsible for the school’s overall fundraising program, communications, publications and alumni relations, as well as special events related to community-building and fundraising. The office works with the Head of School, the Board of Trustees, and the Burgundy Parent Association volunteers to enhance community relations and facilitate voluntary contributions to carry out the school’s mission and programs.



Like virtually all independent schools, Burgundy relies on voluntary giving to make up the difference between what tuition covers and the full cost of educating students at Burgundy. Tuition pays for only about 85 percent of our annual expenses. The rest comes from the generous giving of our families and friends, income from auxiliary services, and from interest on our short-term investments. The richness of our programs, the excellence of our faculty, and the economic diversity of our student body are all enhanced by enthusiastic voluntary support of our community.

Supporting Burgundy by volunteering and contributing financially is a longstanding tradition. In the words of the founding families at the school’s dedication ceremony on December 6, 1946:

We the parents and founders dedicate this School. To it we pledge a part of ourselves, our time, our energy and skill of mind and body. With loyalty and sincerity, we give our best efforts to this creative adventure in education.

Burgundy Farm Country Day School is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The school is supported by tuition and fees, along with voluntary giving from individuals, corporations, and foundations.


Annual Giving

Through our Annual Giving campaign each year, we ask parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends to make voluntary, tax-deductible contributions to support the school. Gifts to Annual Giving are unrestricted and support excellence in such areas as environmental science and sustainability, experiential education, faculty enrichment, fine and performing arts, library and technology, and financial aid.

Families generously contribute in proportion to their ability. Strong parent participation is an essential complement to tuition revenues in support of operating expenses and is valuable as an indicator of community commitment and support when we are applying for funds from outside sources of support.

Current parents are solicited for Annual Giving pledges/contributions in specific ways during the school year. Pledge payments may be paid at any time, but should be received by the end of June each year in order to be credited for that fiscal year.


The 8th Grade Legacy Fund

The Legacy Fund is an annual fundraising effort by the parents of the graduating class to leave a commemorative gift to Burgundy. Projects are chosen from an ongoing list of school needs in consultation with the Advancement Office and the Head of School and are memorialized by a plaque mounted at the project site.


Endowment Gifts

The school has three endowed funds: the Scholarship Endowment Fund, supporting financial aid for qualified students; the Faculty Excellence Fund, supporting continuing education and professional growth of the teaching staff; and a General Endowment Fund, providing financial stability far into Burgundy’s future. Gifts may be directed to the endowment funds at any time during the year.


How to Give

We are truly appreciative of the generous support of our community. We are a small school with a big mission, and every gift makes a difference. There are many ways to give, depending upon your personal needs and ability, including writing a check, using a credit card, donating stock, or including Burgundy in your estate planning. Some employers offer matching programs to employees who give to charitable organizations, and others participate in United Way or the Combined Federal Campaign. Thank you for considering how you can support Burgundy!

Review a variety of ways to give.



Burgundy alumni are a vital part of the Burgundy community. Former students are encouraged to return to campus for all special events including the Fall Fair, the Lois and Eric Sevareid Forum, and alumni events. Special school-sponsored alumni activities are collaboratively planned with alumni volunteers, and alumni are encouraged to share news about independent events with the Alumni Coordinator at

Alumni news is highlighted in a section of the website,, and in email newsletters and updates shared with alumni and their families.  


Special Events

The Fall Fair is one of the oldest community activities at the school. The 2018 Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Activities include fun fall activities, games, crafts, a bake sale, music performances and more! Current families, neighbors, alumni, alumni families and friends from the community gather on campus for this traditional family-friendly event. The Fair showcases the enormous volunteer spirit and creativity of parents, faculty and staff. New parents find that volunteering and attending this event are great ways to meet other parents and provide a wonderful opportunity to become more actively involved in the school community. 


The annual Auction is a community event that features cocktails, dinner, dessert and coffee, music, raffles, and a silent and live auction. The Auction is the School’s major fundraising event. The 2019 Auction will be Saturday, March 2.

Current and alumni parents, alumni, grandparents and faculty and staff generously donate or obtain donated auction items from other individuals, businesses and organizations. The silent and live auctions allow parents to bid on class projects, parent donations, business services and vacation packages. A wide range of types and values for auction items offers opportunities for community members to bid and accommodates all pocketbooks. This is a fun and exciting evening for Burgundy parents and guests.


Media Relations

Press advisories, follow-up stories and photographs are sent from the Advancement Office. Help from parents with contacts in the media is welcome and should be coordinated through the Head of School and Communications Manager. The Head of School is the chief spokesperson to the media, and ONLY the Head of School or his designee will represent the school to the media. Requests for comments or information should be relayed to the Head of School and the Communications Manager.