Giving FAQs


How do I make a gift to Browne?

Thank you for asking! You can make a gift online or check out our Ways to Give section of the website to find out about the many ways you can support Browne

What is Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising programs at Browne Academy. As an independent school, Browne Academy does not receive any government funding, which means that tuition and generous charitable gifts are the primary sources of financial support. Participation in the Annual Fund is the most important way you can express your support for the school and your belief in the importance of a Browne Academy education. We ask the entire Browne Academy community to support the school by participating in the Annual Fund each year. Monies raised through the Annual Fund go immediately to initiatives enhancing the Browne Academy experience. 

I already pay tuition, so why should I make an additional gift to Browne?

Your financial contributions to the Annual Fund support the people and programs that make Browne Academy a great school: talented teachers, small classes, library and instructional resources, technology, and enriching arts and athletic programs. Both your tuition and Annual Fund gifts finance your child’s eduction.  Charitable gifts are a critical part of every independent school’s healthy financial profile.

If independent schools were run more like a big business, couldn’t they charge the full cost of educating a child and avoid having to ask for gifts?

Browne Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Unlike a business whose goal is to make money, Browne Academy’s goal is to provide our students with the very best education possible. By nature, high-quality schools are labor-intensive and people-oriented. In order to provide the best programs and competitive compensation to our outstanding faculty, the Board of Trustees continually evaluates and assesses tuition and fundraising initiatives. Unlike tuition, contributions to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible and allow each family to give at a meaningful, comfortable level.

How much should I give to the Annual Fund and how much of a difference can my gift really make?

Ideally, current families identify Browne Academy as one of their top philanthropic priorities and recognize that their contributions make an immediate, significant impact on our program. Annual Fund gifts range from $10 to over $10,000. We encourage families to consider giving a leadership gift at the Greystone Society level with a gift of $1,000 or more if they are able. By giving at the Greystone level, families ensure that we raise the necessary additional funds, above and beyond what tuition covers, to support our programs, faculty, and students. All gifts, at any level, positively impact on our school. Your participation encourages others to give, helps the school receive foundation grants, and sends a message to our community that Browne Academy makes a difference. Every gift counts!

When should I make my Annual Fund gift or pledge?

The earlier we receive your gift, the earlier we can put it to work for all of our students. We encourage all families to make their pledges by Thanksgiving, though payments are accepted until the end of our fiscal year, August 30.

May I set up an installment plan to pay my pledge?

Yes, we would be happy to work out a pledge payment plan that is convenient for you. It is a great way to make a larger gift to the school without having to write one big check. For example, you can make a gift of $500, but only pay $50 a month for ten months. We can set up monthly and quarterly plans for families. Please contact the Development Office at (703) 960-3000, ext. 1005 to set up a pledge payment plan.

Is Browne Academy eligible for employer matching gifts?

Yes! Please ask your employer about matching gift programs that support elementary schools. This is a great way to double your gift to Browne

Can I give through the United Way or the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?

Yes, you can give through either the United Way or CFC.  Browne Academy is listed under our corporate name BSI, Inc. The United Way designation number is 8235, and the CFC designation is 56948.  If you donate through one of these vehicles, please email so we can properly recognize your contribution.