The CWA Annual Fund

//The CWA Annual Fund
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The Annual Fund is the foundation of all fundraising at CWA. Your gift to the Annual Fund 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 99% of faculty and staff and 82% of current families have made their gift to the Annual Fund!

Leadership Giving Circles
$15,000 +                      Founders’ Circle
$10,000 – $14,999       Peach Acres Circle
$5,000 – $9,999           Martlet Circle
$1,957 – $4,999            Sequoia Circle

Other Giving Circles
$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 1964-1992
$1,000 – $1,956            Classes of 1993-1997
$500 – $999                  Classes of 1998-2002
$250 – $499                  Classes of 2003-2007
$100                               Classes of 2008-2017

CWA Annual Fund Frequently Asked Questions

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 Annual Fund ensures our school has all the necessary resources to provide each child with a challenging and rewarding educational experience.

The Annual Fund provides support for a wide range of expenses, including professional development for our faculty and staff, technology at all grade levels, performing and visual 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 Annual Fund 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 Annual Fund, like our operating budget, primarily supports our faculty and our programs. 63 percent of CWA’s operating budget goes to salary and benefits. The Annual Fund 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 Fund
  • Spirit Auction

The school relies on the Annual Fund to support the operating budget each and every year. We ask that all families participate in the Annual Fund 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 Annual Fund.

“I’ve had the honor of attending Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute for four years. TCRWP taught me how to use state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading and writing and how to use performance-based assessments and learning progressions to accelerate growth with my students. They also taught me how to have literacy-rich instruction in other areas of curriculum. TCRWP is always incorporating new brain science research strategies into the way the world teaches reading and writing, and it has been a continual source of professional development and renewal that has guided my teaching of the reading and writing process in the Lower School as I target students across the developmental age span of ages 4 through 12. I have particularly enjoyed being able to attend the summer institute with other Tarrier educators. Doing so allows us to plan how we want to implement our new learning into our classrooms and better support our students. Bringing those lessons back to campus, I’ve participated in rich conversations and discussions on the Curriculum Committee and in the English department as well as in our divisions. Guided by Rachel Rippl and Patti Crouch-Cook, we developed meaningful skills and benchmarks across our curriculum from junior kindergarten through 12th grade in both reading and writing. I will always be thankful for all of the support and resources that I need to be a successful teacher. I am also grateful to all of the exceptional teachers at CWA for helping me to grow as a reading and writing teacher into an educator of which I can be proud.”
Mary Cole, Lower School learning specialist
CWA, 2002-present

“I attended Charles Wright from kindergarten through 12th grade. Going through kindergarten and Lower School, and then moving through the growing pains of Middle School and Upper School, made many of my classmates best friends for life. The best part of Charles Wright athletics was getting to play the sports I love with my best friends. This combination melted away any stress and anxiety that can come with competitive sports. The sense of community and support of playing sports at Charles Wright will always have a special place in my athletic memories. Charles Wright personifies balance and the opportunity to expand horizons. From Ms. Herrington’s music class in Lower School to Ms. Webster’s math class in Upper School, Charles Wright allowed me to find out who I was and who I wanted to become. In Upper School my two fondest memories outside of athletics were Miles Struxness’ ceramics class and Ms. Webster’s math classes. I must have taken at least three math classes from Ms. Webster, and she prepared me for college and my future business major better than I could have ever imagined. I also took Miles’ ceramics class all four years, and ceramics grew into one of my biggest passions outside of sports. The combination of baseball, math, and pottery is one example of how Charles Wright allowed me to create diverse interests and excel academically, artistically, and athletically.”
Nate Mondou ’13; professional athlete; Stockton, Cal.

“We launched Give InKind ( as a place for individuals or organizations to better coordinate help, when and where it’s needed. We created the ability to manage meal and help calendars, fund-raise, create wish lists of needed items, and communicate with those that want to help—all in one place. We didn’t just draw from our own personal experiences with crisis to know what needed to be managed; I drew from further back than that. I thought about when Columbine happened, how as CWA juniors ourselves, we were so overwhelmed by the feelings of loss that struck us that we started a letter-writing campaign in our English class, a voice for the collective pain that students across the country were feeling. I thought about our annual adopt-a-family at Christmas, how it felt to know we were making a holiday possible for a family that might not otherwise have one, and why I always volunteered to do the shopping for the kids, because giving things I knew they would use just felt good. I thought about my senior internship, and the day spent with a perinatologist. How I left the room, awash in dizziness, when a mother began an emotionally devastating procedure, my own emotion teaching me as much of a lesson in that moment as witnessing the procedure might have. When crisis strikes, the worst thing you can do is panic. When you’re hit by a rogue wave, or pulled out by the tide, you are forced to think critically. What must I do, in this moment, to analyze the circumstances and apply the things that I know to resolve the situation? I knew the action that could be taken in the face of crisis, both from my own experiences and from those I experienced in my years at CWA. By presenting challenging situations, along with the safety and permission to fail, we begin to gather the skills and knowledge necessary to sail the open sea.”
Laura Malcolm ’00; entrepreneur; Tacoma, Wash.

“I’ve been the Lower School administrative assistant and registrar since 2012, and I adore it here! I give to the Annual Fund 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 Annual Fund 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 Annual Fund regularly since it was established. We believe in the value of the education our children received while they were 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 Annual 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

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