The Parkside Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund make everything at Parkside possible. The Annual Fund supports our ability for every classroom to have two full-time teachers. It supports our art, music and drama programs. It allows us to offer yoga to our students, and to house occupational therapy and speech therapy services under one roof. It enhances our library collections, and provides the resources needed for field trips and experiential learning. The Annual Fund allows Parkside to remain a state-funded, tuition-free school.

Participation in Parkside’s Annual Fund is an important piece of each family’s Parkside experience, and we are proud of the commitment demonstrated each year by so many current families, alumni families, grandparents and friends who give to the Annual Fund.

We ask everyone in the Parkside community to consider a gift to Parkside’s Annual Fund. Regardless of the size of your gift, your contribution makes a great difference in supporting the daily activities of our school. Each year we strive to have 100% participation from current families, a key statistic that is reviewed by corporations and foundations when considering a grant to Parkside.

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The Gap

Since our founding, the cost of providing a Parkside education has exceeded our tuition revenue received from the State of New York. Because we believe all of the services offered by Parkside are essential to your child’s curriculum, we are steadfast in our decision not to cut any of our programs due to lack of state funding. The current gap between Parkside’s state funding and the actual cost of a Parkside education is approximately $22,000 per student, and the gap continues to grow every year as the cost of education continues to rise. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide the unrestricted dollars that Parkside needs to balance its budget and cover the difference between state funding and the cost of an actual Parkside education.

Giving Categories

Parkside recognizes our donors at the following levels:

1986 Society                      $50,000+
Leadership Circle               $25,000+
Tuition Gap Funder           $19,000+
Next Decade Benefactor     $12,000+
Education Sponsor               $5,000+
Classroom Patron                 $1,000+
Circle of Friends                     $500+
Arts Supporter                        $250+
Program Funder      gifts up to $249