Support ECFS

The entire ECFS community is asked to join our efforts to honor and advance the mission of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School by making a philanthropic gift and volunteering to encourage others to give.

ECFS has one of the largest commitments to financial aid in New York City. As of 2019, we offered an unprecedented $16 million to new and returning families. Your gifts ensure that the school will remain fiscally strong, economically diverse, and have the financial resources to be on the cutting edge of progressive education, ethical learning, and academic excellence. Learn more about the impact of philanthropy at ECFS.

Click here for more information about how to make your gift.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact us at advancement@ecfs.org, or reach out directly to Sarah Wendt, Chief Philanthropy Officer, at swendt@ecfs.org.  


Orange Fund

The ECFS Orange Fund is vital to the school’s commitment to academic excellence, progressive education, and ethical learning.

We put your gifts to immediate use supporting these areas of our school community: financial aid, professional development for faculty, educational technology, athletics, curriculum innovation, visual and performing arts, and extracurricular activities.

You can give to the Orange Fund here.

Form VI Legacy Gift

The Form VI Legacy Gift, a school tradition, is a meaningful way for parents of graduating students to leave their legacy. Each year, a volunteer committee of senior class parents raises money for this gift in honor of their students.

This year we are asking families to make one comprehensive gift which will support both the Class of 2020 Endowment and the Orange Fund. Your gift will be split 75% toward the Endowment and 25% toward the Orange Fund.

The Class of 2020 Endowment, named in honor of the graduating class, is designated for financial aid, affirming the ideals of our school by making an ethical education accessible to all, regardless of socio-economics. Maintaining a robust financial aid program is central to ECFS’s core mission and to the school’s strategic plan.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Rose Turshen, Director of Annual Giving, at 212-712-6245 or rturshen@ecfs.org.

You can give to the Form VI Legacy Gift here.

Planned Giving

With careful planning, you and your financial advisor may find that utilizing planned or deferred giving mechanisms will enable your family to make a gift that benefits both you the school. Such vehicles include charitable remainder or lead trusts, retirement funds, and life insurance.

The Ethical Culture Fieldston School is a charitable, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All bequests are fully deductible for estate tax purposes. Bequests to ECFS will reduce the taxable portion of your estate and decrease federal estate tax liability, while giving the school the full amount of your bequest to use for mission-sustaining endeavors.

You may choose to give a specific bequest of a dollar amount, specific asset, or percentage of your estate.

Planned giving and bequests provide important support for ECFS and our programs.