You can impact the strength of Harley today and into the future!
The Harley Fund enhances the life-long value of a Harley education. Your financial support moves our program beyond excellence and into joyful learning. Each year, the fund secures critical needs and creates experiences that go beyond what tuition covers.
We care for each other today and always. Participation in the Harley Fund sustains our culture, providing support for what is special and integral to our mission. You make Harley better!
The Harley Circle recognizes donors who make Harley Fund gifts of $1,000 or more annually to the School. Gifts may be made by check, credit card, payroll deductions, donor-advised fund, or appreciated stock.
The Lives of Great Purpose Campaign grew out of Harley’s latest strategic plan, which prioritized improving compensation for our faculty, increasing engagement of alumni, parents and the Greater Rochester community, as well as improving the school’s financial sustainability through increased philanthropy.
MAKE BETTER POSSIBLE
Philanthropy is the game-changer in independent school education. Because Harley does not receive funds from the government or religious institutions, donations are what make academic excellence and more personalized attention for students possible.
BE PART OF BRINGING THE BEST ACADEMICS FOR OUR STUDENTS
Your support allows for professional development opportunities each year for our faculty. From attending conferences to bringing in experts who share their research and best practices, our faculty seek opportunities to keep their teaching up to speed with the latest in academic excellence.
Current family and alumni participation rates are measured by corporations and foundations to evaluate the health and viability of a school like Harley. Participation is a major consideration when awarding grant support.
EYE ON THE FUTURE
The ongoing stability and fiscal health of our school serves to maintain the value of graduating from The Harley School.
HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT
All aspects of the Harley experience depend on support for the Harley Fund, including—innovative and challenging academic areas such as science, arts, athletics and Commons sustainability programs; professional development to provide the latest research and strategies to faculty for the benefit of students; technology, equipment and facilities; financial aid and much more.
PRESERVE THE HARLEY MISSION AS A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE SCHOOL
As much as 40% of the Harley student body received some form of financial aid in recent years. With $3 million a year directed to need-based financial aid, your contribution helps ensure Harley’s commitment to being a diverse and inclusive school.
Choose the “Pledge to Give” option from our secure online giving form (next to “Make a Single Gift”) to make your gift through monthly, recurring installments.
Making a gift online is convenient and secure through our site, at the giving form.
Personal check payable to: The Harley School, 1981 Clover Street, Rochester NY 14618
Contact Karen Saludo, Associate Director of Development, to learn about making a pledge to give within the current Harley Fund year, payable by June 15. Pledges for capital projects or endowed funds are payable over a five-year period.
Almost Alumni! Senior Family Gift
The Harley School is strong because families of current students support the school through their giving. The Senior year provides a great opportunity to honor a graduating student and / or a faculty member who was an inspiring teacher, role model or mentor. To make a gift online, click here.
You may reap significant tax advantages when you donate appreciated stock or property. Savings depend upon individual circumstances and should be discussed with personal financial and tax advisors.
Please contact our broker and use the following in making your transfer:
Attn: Karen C. Kenyon
300 Linden Oaks
Rochester, NY 14625
Fax (585) 486-1762
Account #: 881-112605-285
Account Name: The Harley School
Make an impactful gift to Harley, now or in the future, while gaining immediate or estate tax benefits for you or your heirs. Giving opportunities that offer tax savings and benefits include wills, life insurance, life income gifts, charitable trusts, and real estate. For more information please contact Director of Development Whitney Brice at (585) 277-1116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many companies match employee donations. To find out if this is an option for you, please contact your employer’s Human Resources department or contact us in the Development Office at 585-442-1770.
Faculty and Staff Gifts by Payroll Deduction
WE ALREADY PAY TUITION, WHY DONATE ON TOP OF THAT?
Your gift supports people and programs that make Harley a one-of-a-kind community and learning experience for students. Talented teachers, small classes, and programs from academics to the arts and athletics are possible because of your support. This all translates to more personal attention and access to Harley’s outstanding faculty. Since independent schools do not receive funds from the government or religious institutions, we depend on philanthropy in addition to tuition to provide a first-rate education for our students.
DOES A SMALL GIFT MAKE AN IMPACT?
Yes! Similar to other independent schools of its type, Harley has fewer supporters than a university or large charity. Because the number who can give is small and the need is large, every gift counts. Regardless of the size of the gift, it is an expression of your support and belief in our school. Participation matters!
WHY IS PARTICIPATION IMPORTANT?
High participation is a vote of confidence, a sign that parents and alumni support the school’s mission. We strive for 100% participation. The high percentage is immeasurable when we are seeking gifts from outside sources, such as grants, as most foundations consider participation before agreeing to donate funds to a school.
HOW LARGE A GIFT?
This is a question that only you can answer. Because of the direct impact these gifts have on the day-to-day activities at Harley, we hope you will give at the highest level you feel is most comfortable. Every gift counts.
CAN YOU PROVIDE A MATCH TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO GIVE?
Everyone loves to hear that someone else will match their gift. If you are in a position to be a matching donor, please contact us today. Whether you can offer to match up to $1,000 or much more, we would love to hear from you! Please call the Development Office at 585-442-1770.
BEST TIME TO GIVE?
We encourage individuals and families to pledge and make gifts early in the school year (between September and December). Early donations translate into lower administrative and communications costs per dollar raised. You may, however, give at any time during the Harley Fund period, which runs from July 1 through June 30 each year. We request that all gifts be made by June 15 in order to be counted in the current fiscal year.
CAN I SPREAD OUT PAYMENTS?
You may spread your payments out over time. While your pledge amount to the Harley Fund must all be paid before June 30, you may elect to pay monthly, quarterly, etc. The Development Office will be happy to help, once you have determined the right plan for you.
CAN I DESIGNATE A GIFT?
Donations may be designated to Areas of Greatest Need, Faculty Professional Development or Financial Aid, just to name a few examples.
Reports on Giving
The Harley Circle
The Harley Circle is a recognition society for Harley Fund donors who give $1,000 or more each year. Sustaining Members make a three-year commitment. In addition to being listed in our Report on Giving, members are invited to special events. View the brochure here.
First presented to the Sands and Stern families in 2009, the Award recognizes an individual or family who has demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to The Harley School through contribution of their service and passion.
Sands-Stern Award for Philanthropy Recipients
Sands-Stern Families – 2009-10
Arunas and Pam Chesonis – 2010-11
Joe ’48 and Nancy Briggs – 2011-12
Phyllis Bentley ’45 – 2012-13
Peter Willsea ’72 and Deb Schaller Willsea ’73 – 2013-14
Scott Frame ’73 and Kathy Kearns Frame ’73 – 2014-15
Mark Zupan – 2015-16
Burt August, Robert August, and Elizabeth August ’82 – 2016-17
Chad and Julie Anderson and Jon McNally and Sue Parkes-McNally – 2017-18
Jack and Lisa Baron – 2018-19
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