As the oldest boarding school in the United States, West Nottingham Academy has a tradition of philanthropy that spans nearly three centuries. Since the school's founding in 1744, thousands of alumni, parents and friends have made it a priority to support the school's mission through a contribution.
Gifts of any size, whether to the Nottingham Fund, capital fund drive or endowment, are deeply appreciated and have a significant impact on the school community. Please accept our thanks, in advance, for considering a gift to West Nottingham Academy.
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The Nottingham Fund
Gifts made to the Nottingham Fund are generally unrestricted. However, donors may express a preference as to their use, choosing from among scholarships, technology, athletics, arts or the faculty to direct their gifts. Unrestricted gifts allow West Nottingham the greatest flexibility in meeting operational needs tied to strategic initiatives as well as unanticipated needs that emerge during the academic year. While leadership gifts to the Nottingham Fund comprise an important part of operational support, the collective impact of donors, at all levels, creates a positive financial impact on the school beyond that of any single donor.
Nottingham Fund gifts have an immediate and direct benefit to each student and faculty member, as well as to the quality and range of school programming. Among other things, donations to the Nottingham Fund support:
- Innovative and challenging academic, athletic, and art programs;
- Recruitment of talented faculty;
- Support for student scholarships for families with demonstrated need;
- Small class sizes and individual attention to students;
- Educational technology;
- Maintenance of a first-class facility; and,
- The belief in West Nottingham's mission.
Capital gifts are associated with large equipment purchases, new construction or the renovation of physical facilities used in support of our students, faculty, and academic programs. These gifts often provide naming opportunities for donors to honor or memorialize individuals who have had a major impact on their education or lives. These contributions are usually pledged over several years and are treated as additional gifts beyond the Nottingham Fund.
While gifts to the Nottingham Fund are spent in the academic year in which they are received, endowment gifts are held in perpetuity and represent an investment in the long term fiscal health of the school. West Nottingham's endowment is invested conservatively with professional money managers as selected by a Board of Trustees' Investment Committee for long term growth. Currently, 5% of the value of each endowed fund, computed on a trailing 3 year average, is available for use on an annual basis.
A growing number of donors are using planned gifts as a means of strategically developing and implementing a comprehensive giving plan to West Nottingham Academy while also improving their estate tax situation. These types of gifts include current and deferred gifts, as well as gifts of real estate. There are a number of options which include bequests, gift annuities, trusts, etc., many of which provide income and an endowment to West Nottingham Academy while providing income tax benefits for donors. These are complex decisions and we would be more than happy to give you whatever assistance we can in determining the best giving vehicle for your unique circumstances. Please contact the Advancement Office to learn more about how you can join the 1744 Society.