Philanthropy

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.


NEW: Orange United Fund

At the very heart of our school’s ethical and progressive legacy is social responsibility. The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to our lives in the greater New York City area and in our very own school community. The Orange United Fund is meant to help those families whose circumstances have changed in recent weeks and may remain tenuous as we all live in some uncertainty about the days and months ahead.

Whether a family needs tuition relief for the 2020–2021 school year or other support now to help bridge the gap associated with school costs, technology support, and food insecurity, they will be able to make a confidential grant request underwritten by the Orange United Fund. For more information about the Orange United Fund, click here.

You can give to the Orange United Fund here.

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.


Ways to Give

Online

Our secure online gift form enables you to support the ECFS Orange Fund or the Form VI Legacy Gift quickly and easily. You also have the option to make monthly, quarterly, or yearly payments towards your pledge to ECFS.

By Phone

If you would like to make a gift to the Orange Fund over the phone, please call Isabella Hiigel at 212-712-6240.

Gifts of Stock or Securities

Neuberger Berman DTC #0226 National Financial Services LLC (NFS) Account NBJ-040061 Federal Tax ID #13-3862529

To process and acknowledge stock and securities gifts, we need to know the number of shares and the type of stock you are donating. Please notify Isabella Hiigel at 212-712-6240 or ihiigel@ecfs.org if you are making a gift of stock or securities.

By Mail

If you would like to send a gift by mail, please send it to: Office for Institutional Advancement and Alumni Ethical Culture Fieldston School P.O. Box 28552 New York, NY 10087-8552

Checks should be made payable to Ethical Culture Fieldston School.

Match Your Gift

You may be able to double your gift to ECFS. Last year, we received approximately $95,000 in matching gifts to the Orange Fund. Check with your employer’s human resources office for more information on how to obtain a matching gift form, then send the completed form with your gift. Please contact Isabella Hiigel at ihiigel@ecfs.org or 212-712-6240 with any questions.