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San Domenico School

The San Domenico Fund

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The annual fund is the heart and soul of the SD fundraising effort.

Your gifts allow San Domenico to continue providing education rooted in purpose, preparing the next generation of global leaders. Your participation is essential and helps maintain the margin of excellence that defines our school. In the 2017-18 school year, the San Domenico Fund goal is $850,000. Your contributions make an immediate impact and allow us to

  • offer unique and comprehensive curricula;
  • attract and retain excellent teachers with competitive pay and benefits;
  • develop academic and extracurricular programs in line with the latest information and technology;
  • connect with our global community on and off campus;
  • equip classrooms with state-of-the-art educational tools;
  • and maintain a safe and beautiful campus.

We hope you will make San Domenico a top priority by giving loyally and generously to the SD Fund each year. Your gifts strengthen San Domenico!

Why it Matters

The annual fund is the most essential fundraising initiative in every independent school. At San Domenico, tuition covers roughly 90% of operational expenses, and your gifts bridge the gap. Every year the SD Fund ensures that the school has the resources we need to provide a rich and robust academic program – from the classroom to the library, from technology instruction to the playing field, from the theatre stage to the art studio, from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The San Domenico Fund supports the resources essential to San Domenico’s programs and has a direct and positive impact on every student, teacher and administrator, enriching the experience for all.

Who Gives?

Parents, Alumni, Teachers, Administrators, Parents of Graduates, Dominican Sisters, Grandparents, Friends, Members of the Board of Trustees, Neighbors, and even Students have given to support the SD Fund.

2015 - 2016 Annual Report

The San Domenico Fund Giving Circles

Head’s Circle* $25,000+
Founder's Circle* $15,000+
Visionary Circle* $10,000+
Community Circle* $5,000+
Veritas Circle* $3,000+
1850 Club $500+
Panther Club $1+

*Contributions of $3,000 or more are considered leadership-level gifts.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is this necessary? Isn’t tuition high enough?

All independent schools fundraise; in other words, no independent school charges the full price of what is delivered to students.

The San Domenico Fund pays for the school’s most pressing operational needs and best special opportunities every year. Those who can give more help raise the bar for others who can give less; everyone should plan to give something.

Talented teachers, small classes, learning resources that public schools simply cannot afford, up-to-date technology, accommodations for different learning styles, a safe campus, exceptional offerings in everything from arts to athletics…your SD Fund gift supports all of these people and programs. Your SD Fund gift makes San Domenico unique.

If independent schools were run more like businesses, couldn’t they charge more for tuition and avoid having to ask for gifts?

San Domenico is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution. A for-profit business, whose mission is to make money, has different priorities than an independent school, whose mission is to provide children with an outstanding education. Unlike businesses, schools cannot get more efficient by combining classrooms or reducing staff without compromising the quality of the education we deliver.

High-quality schools are labor intensive and people-oriented; to offer competitive salaries and provide the programs parents want their children to have, independent schools have to raise tuition, create outside revenue opportunities, and ask you for a gift.

How much should I give to the SD Fund, and how much of a difference can my gift really make?

We hope that our supporters recognize San Domenico as one of their top philanthropic priorities and see that their contributions have a significant and immediate impact.

The SD Fund is spent on the School’s most pressing current-year operational needs. This means that your gift – no matter the size – makes a difference to every student and teacher right away. Your gift should feel meaningful to you, and appropriate to your financial circumstance.

Should I give to the San Domenico Fund or to another program?

The San Domenico Fund is our School's highest annual fundraising priority. We ask the generous supporters of our many programs to plan to make a San Domenico Fund gift first. The SD Fund benefits every student, teacher, program, and extra-curricular activity.

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