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What is the CHS Annual Fund?

As is true of almost every independent school, tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating a student at CHS. Annual Fund contributions make up for this annual budget gap and enable a portion of each family's financial commitment to the school to be 100% tax-deductible.

Budgeted Annual Fund contributions support:

  • The Chestnut Hill School's rich curriculum and learning environment.
  • The Financial Aid Program, moving the school toward a more socio-economically and culturally diverse student population.
  • Salaries and benefits that enable the school to attract and retain the best and most talented faculty and staff.
  • Regular, critical maintenance of and enhancements to our beautiful campus.

Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated, and every gift matters.

Why is participation so important?

Participation builds a strong and critical base of donors. It builds momentum that inspires others to give. Alumni, parents, and friends are more likely to make a gift if a significant number of their peers are contributing. Participation is an expression of confidence in the CHS mission.

Will my gift make a difference?

Most Definitely! Every tax-deductible gift makes a difference to the school. It also sends a powerful message that you believe in the school and its educational program, and it has made a difference in your child's life.

Why does an Endowment matter?

Growing the endowment will benefit CHS by providing funds to:

  • Lessen reliance on tuition;
  • Ensure competitive salaries for our staff and support their professional development;
  • Foster inclusion through financial aid;
  • Prepare for future unforeseeable needs such as facility upgrades or repairs;
  • Assure the institutional financial sustainability needed to carry CHS into the future.  It is our legacy for the next generation.
Can I designate my gift?

The CHS Annual Fund supports virtually every aspect of school life. You may choose a specific area to support that is most important to you. 

*For more information please contact Chuck Sawyer, Director of Development, by phone at 617-264-1343 or by email at

May I make a pledge or recurring gift?

Yes! CHS encourages donors to make pledges that will be paid in the current fiscal year. CHS Families, Alumni and Friends can also choose to make a multi-year pledge. You may make recurring (multi-month or multi-year) gifts through our online form. This option allows you the flexibility to make a gift to CHS by spreading your contribution over time.

When does CHS fiscal year end?

CHS fiscal year runs from July 1- June 30.

What is the difference between an Annual Fund and a Capital Campaign?

An Annual Fund and a Capital Campaign support distinct but equally important funding purposes, both of which ensure the financial stability of CHS.  

An Annual Fund supports the general operating budget.  Tuition covers only a portion of the cost of educating a student.  An Annual Fund, along with other fundraising income closes the gap between income and expenses. Monies raised for the Annual Fund is an ongoing and continuing effort.

A Capital Campaign is an intensive, multi-year fundraising effort to secure gifts and pledges in order to provide a significant impact for a school's identified major funding priorities and endowment.  A Capital Campaign has a defined lifespan with a beginning and an end.

Simply stated...An Annual Fund provides "money to live by" and a Capital Campaign provides "money to grow on."


How can I find out more information about giving to CHS?

Contact Chuck Sawyer, Director of Development, by phone at 617-264-1343 or by email at