Giving

Annual Fund

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.

Funds raised provide unrestricted operating support to the school--allowing the Lycée to increase scholarship aid to families, fund the offerings of our Cultural Center, expand the co-curricular program and offer innovative new academic programs.  Gifts of every size are welcome and appreciated.

Impact of Annual Fund Donations

The Annual Fund goal for the 2018-19 school year is $1.45m dollars and relies on support from parents, corporations, foundations, faculty & staff as well as the alumni community each year.

The Lycée is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. As an independent school, the Lycée receives no government funding.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What does the Annual Fund help to support?

    You will see the impact of the Annual Fund across our school. These unrestricted gifts are important to the Lycée, as they help to fund annual school expenses. Donations positively impact our athletics programs, the recruitment/retention/professional development of our international faculty, co-curricular activities, the Cultural Center and other special initiatives which could not exist without the Annual Fund.
  • 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 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 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 www.lfny.org/donate. 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.
  • 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 already know and have a relationship with to contribute to the Annual Fund. Educate fellow parents about the Annual Fund. Continue to encourage all parents to reach 100% participation.

Why Participation Matters

Participation in annual giving reflects our community's commitment to the Lycée and our students. High participation in giving by families is an indicator of a healthy institution worthy of additional support in the eyes of corporations and foundations with grant opportunities.

Your gift matters. We ask all members of the Lycée community to support our school, our students and our mission.

Ways to Give

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  • Credit Card

    Please use our online gift form for credit card donations. You may also call the Annual Fund Office with your credit card information at 212-439-3852.
  • Check

    Checks are made payable to the Lycée Français de New York. Additionally, please write Annual Fund in the memo section of the check.

    Please mail your gift to:
    Lycée Français de New York
    Development Office, 505 East 75th Street
    New York, NY 10021
  • Stock

    For appreciated securities held for more than one year, please call the Annual Fund Office at 212-439-3852. Please note that securities are valued at the mean price on the date of transfer to the Lycée.
  • Matching Gift

    If your employer has a matching gift program, please send your company’s matching form in addition to your Lycée contribution. We will return the form to your company, which will issue a matching gift contribution directly to the Lycée. A Lycée donor receives full credit for both the original gift and the amount of the match.
  • Wire Transfer

    For wire transfers, please call the Annual Fund Office at +1 212-439-3852.
  • Planned Giving

    Planned or deferred gifts such as bequests, gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, insurance policies or retirement plans, provide future income to the Lycée and may involve tax benefits for donors. When you plan a gift to the Lycée in your long-term estate or financial plans, you create a legacy that supports our mission for generations to come.

    For more information on making a planned gift, please contact Caroline Naralasetty at 212-438-3850 or cnaralasetty@lfny.org