The Harley Fund & Harley Circle

Gifts to The Harley Fund make it possible for us to offer the best education for our students.

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The Harley Fund

The Harley Fund is the School's annual unrestricted fundraising drive that runs July 1-June 30 of every school year. Funds collected for the Harley Fund are used to support the students, faculty, and facilities. The Harley Fund is a necessity and we ask every member of the Harley community to pull together to support the School. 

The Harley Fund makes possible:

  • Individual attention: Average student/teacher ratio is 7 to 1
  • The ability to retain devoted faculty: The average faculty member has been at Harley for 17 years
  • Socioeconomic diversity
  • Demographic diversity: Our students represent 30 towns and cities, 5 counties, and 3 countries
  • State of the art facilities such as our new Science Wing, Academic Center and Center for Visual Arts
  • Special Programs and Clubs such as Harley Hospice, Chess Club, the Organic Garden, and Glass Making
  • Successful daily operation of the School

Help us increase community participation in The Harley Fund and consider making a gift this year. All gifts received by June 30 will be counted toward this year's Harley Fund drive. Gifts of all sizes truly make a difference!

Consistency in giving is important to the long-term success of Harley, and represents a longstanding belief in Harley’s vision and core values.  Consider making an annual commitment for the next five years:

Make a 5-year Commitment

The Harley Circle

A five-year commitment of $1,000 or greater annually to The Harley Fund provides membership into The Harley Circle. As a member of The Harley Circle, your support honors the leadership of the School’s founders and helps our students become passionate, civic-minded learners.

All Harley Circle members and donors with a combined gift of $1,000 or more to Harley over the school year are invited to the Harley Circle Celebration on the first Thursday in December.  The first Harley Circle Celebration was in 2009, created to recognize our highest level of donors to the Harley School's Harley Fund. That evening, the Sands-Stern family was awarded the first ever Sands-Stern Award for Philanthropy in celebration of their tremendous lifetime of support to the School.

Sands-Stern Award for Philanthropy winners

Sands-Stern Families - 2009

Arunas and Pam Chesonis - 2010

Joe '48 and Nancy Briggs - 2011

Phyllis Bentley '45 - 2012

Peter Willsea '72 and Deb Schaller Willsea '73 - 2013 

Scott Frame '73 and Kathy Kearns Frame '73 - 2014

Mark Zupan - 2015


Why is The Harley Fund so Important?

The Harley Fund underwrites 4% of Harley's operating budget, which supports technology upgrades, faculty compensation, classroom upkeep, and more.

Harley provides more than $2.5M in financial aid to approximately 50% of its students.


Debra Weiss Walker '83
Director of Development
(585) 442-1770 ext. 1116

We encourage you to further explore Harley's legacy of philanthropy.