Annual Fund

A Shared Commitment

Participation in annual giving reflects our community's commitment to the Lycée and our students. Contributions allow the Lycée to invest in programs that further our mission and meet the needs of our bilingual, pluricultural community.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What does the Annual Fund help to support?

    The Annual Fund's priorities have shifted to supporting programs and initiatives that are needed to address the challenges of teaching during a pandemic. But what remains the same is that every child benefits every day from the Annual Fund. 

    This year, gifts to the Annual Fund will support the following:
    • Developing Innovative Academic Programming that will seamlessly blend in-school learning and distance learning to provide every student with the rigorous education the Lycée is known for.
    • Updating and Maintaining our Facility in accordance with New York City and New York State Department of Health guidelines.
    • Increasing Financial Aid to allow more families access to a Lycée education and to meet the increased need as a result of Covid-19.
    • Funding Increased Personnel Costs to maintain smaller class sizes to keep all our students safe and able to enjoy in-person learning.
    • Meeting the Technological Needs of our hybrid model, which will give every student and teacher the resources they need to learn and teach from home.
    • Providing Professional Development to every Lycée teacher to provide them with additional opportunities to learn new skills and best practices to build more equitable classrooms and enrich every child's experience.
  • Why is it important that I participate?

    Participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates our shared commitment and support of our school, its mission and the vision of our leadership.
  • What is a matching gift?

    Many employers have a matching gift policy that can double or triple the impact of their donation. Please check your company’s website for more information about their matching gift policy and how to apply.
  • What is a pledge?

    A pledge is a promise to the school that you intend to give a donation by the end of June, which is the end of the fiscal year.  For instance, I can pledge $2,500 to the school in November, but decide to pay this in March. It is a way to solidify your commitment to the school on your own timeline while making the promise to contribute in advance.
  • I am already paying tuition; why do I need to make a gift to the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund is an annual fundraising effort that contributes to the school’s operating budget by providing unrestricted operating support. Your gift supports the programs and people that make the Lycée so unique. As an example, this funding gives us the ability to retain the highest caliber of faculty as well as to fund special projects in science and the arts. Your commitment makes an immediate impact on all students and is key to maintaining the rigorous learning environment of the Lycée.
  • I plan on attending the Gala, doesn’t that count as my Annual Fund gift?

    Purchasing a ticket to the Gala does not count towards participation of the Annual Fund.  Although proceeds from the event do benefit the school, this event is a separate philanthropic effort by the school.  We ask all families to consider making a representational gift to the Annual Fund to maintain our participation rate if they decide to attend the Gala.  Donations to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
  • How much should I give?

    Every gift of every size is important, meaningful and deeply appreciated. We encourage all members of our community to support the Annual Fund at a level commensurate with their ability to give and sustain every year.  If you would like to explore this further, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the Development Office by calling 212-439-3852. Under U.S. law, the Lycée is registered as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and donations are fully tax-deductible. Check with your tax advisor for eligibility.
  • How else can I help?

    You can get involved! Volunteer to ask parents you know to contribute to the Annual Fund. Educate fellow parents about the Annual Fund. Continue to encourage all parents to reach 100% participation.
  • How do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?

    The Lycée accepts checks, gifts of stock and credit. Credit card gifts can be made online at Checks can be made payable to the Lycée (make sure to put Annual Fund in the memo section) and mailed to the Development Office or dropped off in person.  All pledges and donations must be paid in full by June 30th. Please visit our Guide to Giving for more information.

Supporting Project-Based Learning

    • The DNA-related courses at the Lycée are one of many projects across several grades made possible by the school's partnership with the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Laboratory. This wonderful opportunity highlights the many benefits of Project-Based Learning for our students: encouraging closer collaboration with teachers, building critical thinking skills, and fostering lifelong learning. Our partnership with the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Laboratory is thanks to a generous multi-year gift to our Annual Fund by a Lycée family, memorably brought to life by our science faculty and given true meaning by our students.

Contact Us

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  • Nicole Vaughan 

    Director of Development