Annual Fund

Help our students achieve more by participating in the Annual Fund.

What is the PBDA Annual Fund?

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Annual Fund is the money that is needed for the current-year operating expenses. Annual gifts make up the difference between what tuition covers (85%) and the actual cost of running the school.

What does it buy?

The Annual Fund provides teaching tools, academic innovative programming that includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts and Mathematics), as well as continuing professional development for the faculty.

Every gift to the Annual Fund has an immediate and significant impact, and your participation in the fund reflects the strength of the PBDA community and a shared commitment to its students.


What is the PBDA Annual Fund?

The PBDA Annual Fund is made up of charitable donations to cover expenses not met by tuition alone. Like all independent schools, Palm Beach Day Academy does not charge the full amount that it costs to educate a student. In fact, only 85% of the operating expenses are covered by tuition revenue.

PBDA depends on the generosity of the parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, administration and friends to support and enrich its programs and curricula by funding our Annual Fund each year.

Why is the Annual Fund important?

The Annual Fund is built into Palm Beach Day Academy’s yearly operating budget and supports and enhances all aspects of our programs. The following are areas funded by generous gifts to our Annual Fund:

  • Academic Programs
  • Professional Development
  • Technology and Innovation
  • PBDA’s Greatest Need
Why doesn’t Palm Beach Day Academy simply raise tuition?

The Annual Fund allows us to set tuition lower than it might otherwise be in order to keep the school more affordable for all of our families. As a community, we believe this practice helps us build the type of inclusive school we all wish to have, rather than simply raising tuition to cover all operating expenses.

Contributions are 100% tax deductible. Tuition payments are not.

Will my gift make a difference?

All gifts to the Annual Fund – regardless of size – are a statement of support for Palm Beach Day Academy’s mission.

Your gift says to our community and beyond that you value your child’s Palm Beach Day Academy experience and you want to invest in the continued financial health of our school.

100% of all PBDA teachers, staff and administration give to the Annual Fund every year before school begins.

Our goal is to have 100% participation from our families as well.

How much should I give and when?

As you consider your gift to this year’s Annual Fund, please keep in mind that all gifts make a difference and 100% participation ensures we have a committed community of families.

Whether $100 or $100,000, your gift will be put to immediate use for the benefit of today’s students. We encourage families to give as generously as they are able and ask current PBDA parents to make Palm Beach Day Academy their top philanthropic priority. We ask that everyone make their gift or pledge to the Annual Fund by December 31, 2019. Payment on pledges should be made on or before June 30, 2020. Early gifts and pledges reduce mailings and overhead costs, saving Annual Fund dollars for use in Academic Programs, Athletics and other programs.

PBDA’s Giving Societies include:

  • $100,000+ | 1921 Society
  • $50,000-$99,999 | Trustee Society
  • $20,000-$49,999 | Faculty Society
  • $15,000-$19,999 | Honor Society
  • $10,000-$14,999 | Palm Society
  • $5,000-$9,999 | Flamingo & Pelican Society
  • $2,500-$4,999 | Bridge Society
  • $1,000-$2,499| Bulldog Society
  • $500-$999 | Blue & Gold Society
  • Friend to $499
How does PBDA handle requests and planned gifts?

The 1921 Society honors those alumni, parents and friends who have generously made a bequest provision or planned gift commitment to PBDA in their estate plans.

Please contact Meghan Monteiro, Director of Philanthropy, at ( for more information.

How do I give to the Annual Fund?

Your tax-deductible gift can be made with a check, stock, credit card or online by clicking the yellow button above.

Many companies offer matching gift programs, a wonderful way to double or even triple your gift amount!

For more information, please contact Meghan Monteiro, Director of Philanthropy, at or 561.651.1188.


Thank you to our generous faculty, staff, trustees,  families and friends who have supported this year’s Annual Fund!

1921 Society $100,000+
Trustee Society $50,000-$99,999

Ms. Perri Brenner
Todd and Elizabeth Robinson Savage ’83

Faculty Society $20,000-$49,999

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Alexander
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lis
The Mashek Family
Mr. and Mrs. Greg Mondre
Ms. Alexandra Neville
Mr. and Mrs. Brett Overman
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pfeifler

Honor Society $15,000 – $19,999

Mr. Bart Halpern and Mr. Lawrence Kaplan
Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Rafferty

Palm Society $10,000 – $14,999

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bickford
Mr. and Mrs. Dixon Boardman
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Borchardt
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fennebresque
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Herbst
Brian & Andrea Kosoy
Mr. and Mrs. Roman Martinez IV
Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Smerling
The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation of Florida, Inc.

Flamingo & Pelican Society $5,000 – $9,999

Mr. and Mrs. Julian Bharti
Gita & Mark Costa
Mr. Christopher Goldberg and Ms. Juliana Gendelman
Mr. and Mrs. David Lambert
Chris Lazzara ’92 and Jennifer Lazzara
Matthew and Helene Lorentzen
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Macfarland
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Patipa
Carmen Sosin

Bridge Society $2,500-$4,999

Alton Foundation
Ben and Katie Alexander
Bayhurst Foundation
Caroline Koons Forrest ’92 & Thomas Forrest
Mr. Racso Bartra and Mrs. Ursula Macchiavello
Bayhurst Foundation
Miss Margaret Betten
Eric Christu and Maura Ziska Christu
Mrs. Gloria Daigh
Mr. JM Diebold and Mrs. Belinda Kamm
Mr. Fanning Hearon
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Musumeci
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strausser
Mr. and Mrs. David Supple

Bulldog Society $1,000-$2,499

Angel Arroyo and Dr. Irma Morales
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Boyd
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Coyle
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Cvelbar
Dawn Donigan
Mr. and Mrs. Avery Klann
Mrs. Millie Dayton Levine ’87 & Mr. Eric Levine
Mrs. Eliane Leuwenkroon in honor of Adam and Nikita Strosberg
Mrs. Tracy Markin
Mr. and Mrs. Evan Monteiro
Mr. Josh Murray
Mr. A. G. Newmyer III
Mrs. Valerie Straith

Blue & Gold $500-$999

Mr. and Mrs. David Atkinson
Lyanne Azqueta ’84
Mr. Matteo Bozic and Mrs. Elena Pachor
Ana Caballero and Nelson Calle
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Filauro
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Galligan
Goldman Sachs Gives
Mr. and Mrs. Seth W. Hall Jr.
Mrs. and Mrs. Simon Isaacs
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Koch
Dr. & Mrs. Michael Lotfi
Markus Nolff
Elizabeth O. Savage
Mr. John Steinle
Miss Michaela Stupkova
Mr. Anh Ton and Mrs. Thuy Tran

Friend to $499

Ms. Alana Arciero
Mr. and Mrs. John Amber
The Aronson Family
Tina Barbieri
Kimberley Belfi
Mrs. Nicole Bellan
Mr. and Mrs. Jan Bond
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Bourgeois
Ms. Sue Chris
Paul & Linda Cicio
Prof. and Dr. Paul Du Quenoy
Mr. and Mrs. David Dutkewych
Ms. Whitney P. Erasmus
Mr. & Mrs. R. Leigh Frackelton, Jr.
Mr. Thomas Gallagher
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gramentine
Miss Allyson Heim
Mark & Annette Johnson
Maria LaForte
Caroline McClelland
Danielle Wyser-Pratte Meagher ’88 & Kevin Meagher
Ms. Linda Merman
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Methe
Mr. and Mrs. Mehmet Ozgenc
Mr. Mark Passler
Ruby Patterson
Mr. and Mrs. William Peebles
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Pflaumer
Mr. and Mrs. Trevor Piester
Brett Rosecan ’02
Mr. & Mrs. John Sayer
Pete & Erin Sayer
Mr. Kyle Schlett
Olympia Shields ’97
Mrs. Carole Sklar
Cyrus Toufanian ’92 and Harley Toufanian
Drs. Dina and Gary Wexler
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Wolff

* List updated regularly.
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