The Calhoun Annual Fund

Why an Annual Fund?

An annual fund at most independent schools serves as the philanthropic foundation of giving. Each year, schools rely on unrestricted annual fund contributions to provide special resources for students and faculty that support educational initiatives not covered by tuition alone.

Your gift to The Calhoun Annual Fund supports current school priorities of the Calhoun educational experience, such as academic programs, the arts, athletics and technology, positively impacting every aspect of academic and student life. You and your support are the difference between a school that meets the standards our students deserve and one that exceeds them, ensuring an unparalleled educational experience at Calhoun.

Please consider making The Calhoun Annual Fund your first priority in giving this year, at whatever level is meaningful for you. Your gift, of any amount, is an investment in the education of each and every student at Calhoun. No gift is too small, and every gift counts.

The Calhoun Annual Fund is a vital source of institutional momentum for the school. It supports every student, every teacher, every program, every day. We are grateful for your support.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has introduced new opportunities for charitable contributions to nonprofit institutions, including Calhoun. CARES allows donors who itemize deductions to deduct 100% of cash charitable gifts in 2020 (up to the full amount of your 2020 adjusted gross income). For individuals who take the standard deduction (rather than itemizing), the bill makes a new deduction available, as well; up to $300 in annual charitable contributions (cash or stock) may be directly subtracted from your gross income.


Frequently Asked Questions

Giving Circles

Leadership Donors

Steve Nelson Society

Visionary Leaders:
$50,000 and above

Lifelong Learners:
$25,000 - $49,000

Discovery Allies:
$10,000 - $24,999

Beir Society

Community Champions:
$5,000 - $9,999

Head of School Partners:
$2,500 - $4,999


Loyalty Donors

1896 Founders:
$1,896 - $2,499

West End Circle:
$1,500 - $1,895

81st Street Circle:
$1,200 - $1,499

74th Street Circle:
$600 - $1,199

Laura Jacobi Partners:
Up to $599


Young Alumni Leadership Society

Classes 2011 - 2019:
$100 or more

Classes 2005 - 2010:
$250 or more