2019–2020 Annual Fund Co-Chairs
Lower School: Katie and Murali Naidu, Parents of Dhilan '29 and Nathan '32
Middle School: Janine and Mike Evans, Parents of Hannah '25, Abigail '22, and Dylan '20
Upper School: Mara and Mark Lipacis, Parents of Isabella '20, Lex '22, and Max '22


Why support the Annual Fund?

Head-Royce relies on more than just tuition to fulfill our mission of scholarship, diversity, and citizenship. Annual Fund donations provide approximately 5% of the school's operating budget and philanthropic support from our community is essential to maintaining our standard of excellence and one of the most important ways to make a difference at Head-Royce.

The Annual Fund provides flexible, unrestricted dollars that enable Head-Royce to provide our students with an exemplary educational experience. Trustees, parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni and friends make gifts to the Annual Fund every year to benefit our students and faculty. Parents are invited and encouraged to participate during a 100 Day Challenge in the Fall by making a gift or pledge by December 31.

Your Impact

The Annual Fund supports our mission of scholarship, diversity, and citizenship, providing competitive salaries, benefits, and professional development for our faculty, innovative curriculum and project-based learning opportunities, student wellness resources, technology, performing and visual arts, athletics, and financial aid. But don't take our word for it - watch the video below to see how the Annual Fund makes a difference. 

Giving Levels

Benefactor's Circle

1887 Founder's Circle
$25,000 - $49,999

Lincoln Circle
$15,000 - $24,999

Anna Head Circle
$10,000 - $14,999

Josiah Royce Circle
$5,000 - $9,999

Mary E. Wilson Circle
$3,000 - $4,999

T.R. & Lea Hyde Club
$1,500 - $2,999

Daniel & Catherine Dewey Club
$500 - $1,499

Jayhawks Club
Up to $499

Leadership Giving, with special benefits, begins at the Mary E. Wilson Circle. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Head-Royce have an Annual Fund?

Philanthropic support from our community is essential to maintaining our standard of excellence, and the most important way you can make a difference. Unrestricted, flexible support enables Head-Royce to attract and retain world-class faculty, as well as provide the very best programs and resources for our students.

What is the 100 Day Challenge?

The 100 Day Challenge is a period of 100 days in the fall when all parents are be invited to support the Annual Fund. By giving or pledging early, your dollars will be put to use immediately for our wonderful faculty and students. Our hope is that 100% of parents will participate by making a gift or pledge by December 31. 

Why not raise tuition to cover all expenses?

Head-Royce is committed to remaining a diverse school. By keeping tuition increases at a competitive level and relying on Annual Fund support, Head-Royce is accessible to a wider range of students. We count on your generosity
to assure that every student can benefit from all that Head-Royce has to offer.

How much should I give?

Every family at Head-Royce is encouraged to participate in a way that is personally meaningful. Every gift, whether large or small, makes a difference. Head-Royce strives for 100% participation from all current parents, Trustees, faculty & staff. Gifts range from $5 – $50,000, and make a significant impact on the daily experience of all Head-Royce students.

When will I be asked?

The Annual Fund campaign runs from September to December each year. In the fall, you will receive a letter requesting your support to the Annual Fund and a follow-up call from parent volunteers. We encourage you to make your gift or pledge by December 31 so donations can be put to immediate use. Pledges to the Annual Fund are payable by June 30 of each school year, so you can pledge in the fall, but pay in the spring, if you prefer.

What is leadership giving?

Leadership giving begins at $3,000 and is one of the ways to make a significant impact on the daily experience of all Head-Royce students. Donors who join at the Mary E. Wilson Circle and above are invited to a reception each fall. Donors who join at the Anna Head Circle and above are invited to a private dinner with the Head of School in early spring.

What about matching gifts?

Many companies double charitable gifts to independent schools. If your employer has a matching gift program you can often double the impact of your support with a simple form or click. To see if your company has a program visit our matching gifts page.

What is a Capital Campaign?

Capital campaigns occur every 5–7 years and provide funds for projects that fall outside the normal operating budget, such as campus expansions and endowment. Capital contributions are generally larger and made in addition to your Annual Fund gift, and can be pledged over three or more years. Annual Fund gifts are payable in one year, by the end of the fiscal year, June 30.