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.

FAQs

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 (mmonteiro@pbday.org) 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 mmonteiro@pbday.org or 561.651.1188.

2020-21 ANNUAL FUND DONORS*

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

Trustee Society $50,000-$99,999
Faculty Society $20,000-$49,999
Honor Society $15,000 – $19,999
Palm Society $10,000 – $14,999
Flamingo & Pelican Society $5,000 – $9,999
Bridge Society $2,500-$4,999
Bulldog Society $1,000-$2,499
Blue & Gold $500-$999
Friend to $499

* List updated regularly.
Please contact mmonteiro@pbday.org if your name should be listed and does not appear.