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The Fund for Charles Wright Academy (Annual Fund) is the foundation of all fundraising at CWA. Your gift to the Fund for Charles Wright Academy directly impacts faculty and students because all contributions support this year’s operating budget. It helps cover the costs of the school’s educational programs, as well as faculty salaries, computer technology, financial aid, athletic equipment, cultural opportunities, music and art supplies, outdoor education gear and more.

Participation matters, and every gift of every size makes a difference to CWA and sends a powerful message that you believe in Charles Wright and its educational program and the teachers, coaches, and staff who are integral to it.

We are thrilled that 100% of CWA faculty and staff have made their gift to the Fund for Charles Wright Academy!

Circles of Giving
$15,000 +                      Founders’ Circle
$10,000 – $14,999       Peach Acres Circle
$5,000 – $9,999           Martlet Circle
$1,957 – $4,999            Sequoia Circle
$1,000 – $1,956            Tarrier Circle
$500 – $999                  Chambers Creek Circle
$250 – $499                  Green and White Circle
$1 – $249                       Friend

Alumni Leadership Giving Society
$1,957 +                         Classes of 1964-1991
$1,000 – $1,956            Classes of 1992-1996
$500 – $999                  Classes of 1997-2001
$250 – $499                  Classes of 2002-2006
$100                               Classes of 2007-2016


The Fund for Charles Wright Academy Frequently Asked Questions

The Fund for Charles Wright Academy (the Annual Fund) is our school’s number one fund-raising priority every year. The campaign raises critical funds to support the daily operations of CWA during the current academic year. Every year, all members of our community (parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends) are asked to make a tax-deductible gift to CWA. Money raised through the Fund for Charles Wright Academy ensures our school has all the necessary resources to provide each child with a challenging and rewarding educational experience.

The Fund for Charles Wright Academy provides support for a wide range of expenses, including professional development for our faculty and staff, technology at all grade levels, performing and fine arts programs, athletics, outdoor education and more.

Tuition covers only part of the actual cost of educating each Charles Wright Academy student. Virtually all independent schools raise revenue through an annual fund to help cover operating expenses.
The impact of your participation is valued beyond the dollars. Your participation demonstrates your commitment to CWA and its continued success. It is a vote of confidence in our school, our faculty, and our educational mission. 100 percent participation is evidence that everyone in our community shares in the effort. Foundations, grant-making institutions, and major donors all look at fund-raising participation as a key indicator of satisfaction. If the community stands behind the school, those organizations deem CWA more deserving of their support as well.
Yes. A gift or pledge made early in the school year is a great advantage to the school because it enables us to know how much money will be available to support the school’s budget. The goal is to have all Fund for Charles Wright Academy commitments in by December 31. Pledges must be paid by June 30.
We ask that you contribute at a level that is personally meaningful to you. Every gift of any size is needed and important.
The Fund for Charles Wright Academy, like our operating budget, primarily supports our faculty and our programs. 63 percent of CWA’s operating budget goes to salary and benefits. The Fund for Charles Wright Academy supports all of the operations of the school, including the financial aid program. CWA has awarded aid in the amount of $2.2 million in 2015–2016. Approximately 26 percent of students are receiving financial aid this year.
There are two primary ways that the Advancement office asks for support from the community:

  • Annual support to the Fund for Charles Wright Academy
  • Spirit Auction

The school relies on the Fund for Charles Wright Academy to support the operating budget each and every year. We ask that all families participate in the Fund for Charles Wright Academy and hope that each family will make CWA their top philanthropic priority.

The “gap” is the difference between tuition dollars received by the school and the actual costs of a CWA education. That amount is approximately $1,800 per student. The “gap” is funded, in part, by the Fund for Charles Wright Academy.

“I’ve been the Lower School administrative assistant and registrar since 2012, and I adore it here! I give to the Fund for Charles Wright Academy every year because this is a magical place—both to work at and just to be a part of the community. I look at my Annual Fund contribution as helping to fund the magic that is CWA. We are so blessed to be here, no matter who we are or what our role is here!”
Mandy D. Marcellis, LS Administrative Assistant and Registrar
CWA, 2012-present

“I have had the immense privilege to see, firsthand, this year how Charles Wright Academy can positively change lives in each and every student who attends. CWA encourages students to be confident, knowledgeable, responsible citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world. We have the ability to form extremely strong bonds with our students and families that help foster long-term relationships. I am proud to support CWA in any and every way to ensure such an exceptional school continues to thrive!”
Shell Malfet, Fifth Grade Teacher
CWA, 2016-present

“I give to the Fund for Charles Wright Academy because I believe that Charles Wright does a wonderful job of providing a well-rounded liberal arts education. All of our students receive a broad exposure to academics, the arts, and athletics. Those who have interests in particular areas of study can explore those disciplines in significant depth. For many, this broad exposure to the liberal arts also fosters the development of new interests. I am grateful that my children attended CWA, and I am happy to continue to support the academy.”
Gil LeFrancois, Math Teacher
CWA, 1983-present

“I could say that I give for my health, and especially my happiness. I could say that I give because God said, “Test this and see.” And He is right. Am I wired that way? Is it an ingrained sense of duty? Is it training, understanding, a love of serving? Previously, I gave more spontaneously—and sometimes still do—but lately I’ve learned the discipline of planned, continuous, and increasing giving. Mostly I give because I’m quite certain that I can do nothing less than give. It’s because I have a passion for reciprocity. It’s an ever-present undercurrent. Not just to this amazing place known as Charles Wright Academy, but to all the layers of my life with all my resources, gifts, and talents. Yes, test this and see.”
JoAnn MacKay, Facilities Administrative Assistant
CWA, 2002-present

“Bruce and I have given to the Fund for Charles Wright Academy regularly since it was established. Our children attended CWA through eighth grade. We believe in the value of the education they received while here and want to see it continue for many years to come. I love working at CWA and am willing to invest some of my pay back into my job because I feel it’s important to show my support for the school. Now that we both work here, we both contribute separately to the Fund because we truly love being a part of this community! Sometimes I think we really do bleed green!”
Judy Williams, Seventh Grade Team Leader, MS Spanish, 7th Grade Advisory
CWA, 1991-present
Bruce Williams, Bus Driver
CWA, 2011-present