There are many ways to support the good work that United Friends School does.  We thank you in advance for your generosity, and with your help, we look forward to continuing to provide stellar academics with a soul!

United Friends School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your contribution.

To give via Diamondmind’s secure website  Click here.

 

Annual Fund

As with most independent schools and in an effort to keep tuition as low as possible, UFS sets tuition to account for 70% of all expenses. UFS relies on annual giving contributions to provide resources for students and faculty, enhancing our school while maintaining tuition. Giving to the Annual Fund strengthens and sustains the school’s long-term security. Every gift makes a difference in the lives of our students therefore donations of any size are encouraged and count toward our goal of 100% participation. To make a donation to our Annual Fund, you can give securely online.  You can even schedule recurring gifts and give a specified amount each month.

UFS Scholarship Endowment

Gifts to the UFS Scholarship Endowment grow in perpetuity and make it possible for more students to join our UFS family. Contributions to UFS’ Scholarship Endowment are invested and the interest income earned is used to provide scholarships to families in need.  The principal is never touched, thus insuring overall long-term fiscal health for the UFS Scholarship Endowment. Our goal over the next five years is to amass a UFS Scholarship Endowment of $5 million.  To donate to the UFS Scholarship Endowment, click here or contact the Advancement Office at nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org.

UFS Capital Endowment

The UFS Capital Endowment is a fund in which the interest income earned is used to fund acquiring, constructing, or renovating UFS’ capital assets including buildings, major equipment, and infrastructures. Our goal over the next five years is to amass a UFS Capital Endowment of $1 million. To donate to the UFS Capital Endowment, click here or contact the Advancement Office at nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org.

UFS Legacy Fund

The UFS Legacy Fund enables you to leave a legacy by giving to UFS during your lifetime and/or after your death, while meeting your current income needs and providing for your heirs.   The UFS Legacy Fund offers a variety of giving vehicles typically done in conjunction with estate planning and wills.  Planned gifts are a viable option for donors of all income levels. Depending on how a planned gift is set up, it may allow you receive a stream of income for life, earn a higher investment yield, or reduce your capital gains or estate taxes. If you are interested in exploring a planned gift to the UFS Legacy Fund, or if you would like more information about leaving a gift to UFS in your will, please contact the Advancement Office at nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org.

UFS STEAM Program

Gifts to the UFS STEAM Program enable us to continue integrating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in order to enhance our children’s creative problem-solving abilities and 21st century skills, while solving important world problems and serving our community.  Click here to learn more about the UFS STEAM Program.  To support our STEAM Program, donate online or contact our Advancement Office at nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org.

 

UFS Suncatcher Fund

Children – like suncatchers – splash bright colors on our walls.

Inspired by her life and poetry, the Suncatcher Fund was created to honor the life of Rebecca Osborn, life-long Quaker, teacher, writer, poet, counselor and activist who spent her days serving others by speaking out on issues of peace, justice, and equality while celebrating the joys of the human condition. Becky became interested in UFS when it was in its infancy and attended our first Thanksgiving feast. Becky served on the Board of Trustees and volunteered in classrooms for many years and was a strong supporter and advocate of the school. The Suncatcher Fund covers costs of items and events not covered by tuition, and therefore also not funded by scholarship awards. Additional items are varied and include but are not limited to: enrichment classes, calculators, musical instruments and rain boots. The Suncatcher Fund is available to ensure full participation at UFS is accessible and never prohibitive. To make a donation click here or contact the Advancement Office at nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org.

UFS Special Events

United Friends School hosts a variety of events from free, family gatherings to fundraisers that raise money for our school. Visit our events page for more information and see our Corporate Sponsorship opportunities below.

UFS Corporate Sponsorships

The UFS Corporate Sponsor program is a long-term collaborative one in which sponsors in the business community enjoy promotional benefits at each of our major events throughout the year, enabling them to connect with individuals who could become loyal customers. United Friends School’s events are well attended and we have a strong word-of-mouth referral system among our UFS families. Please read our Corporate Sponsorship Brochure to learn about the many ways to promote your company and encourage fellow parents, caregivers, and friends to patron your business.  Corporate sponsors can contact Natalie Marasco at nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org.

UFS would like to thank the following companies for their support and commitment to educational excellence:

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Educational Improvement Tax Credit and Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit

The EITC and OSTC programs provide companies paying taxes in Pennsylvania with a tax credit equal to 90% of their contribution to an approved Scholarship Organization like United Friends School, up to a maximum of $750,000. The OSTC program focuses on scholarships for children who reside in underperforming school districts.  EITC and OSTC donations go directly toward scholarship for families in need.  To learn more about the EITC and OSTC programs and to apply online, visit the Pennsylvania EITC website.  EITC applications usually must be submitted online in the beginning of July. OSTC applications can be submitted online anytime.  EITC and OSTC funds are limited and awarded on a random drawing basis. Ask your accountant or tax professional if the EITC or OSTC program will work for your company or contact Natalie Marasco for more information.

UFS would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their support, allowing educational excellence to be accessible:

JB and Kathleen Reilly

Natalie Marasco, Director of Advancement nmarasco@unitedfriendsschool.org

Natalie joined the UFS community in 2012 as a parent. She earned her BA in International Studies with an emphasis in language, literature and culture from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. During a Japanese exchange program in Matsuyama with Shinonome Daigaku she further developed an interest in Zen Buddhism and the practice of meditation. While at American University in Washington, DC she earned a MA in Art History specializing in European Modernism under the mentorship of leading feminist art historian Norma Broude. Upon graduation, Natalie began her career in the museum industry as an art handler at a fine art service company and worked her way up to Operations Manager and Chief Registrar of the Washington, DC office. While working on notable exhibits such as Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, Anselm Kiefer: Heaven and Earth, and WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, she developed and maintained relationships with distinguished clients such as The National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, U.S. Department of State, and Honorable Nancy Brinker. A member of American Association of Museums and the College Art Association, Natalie has a strong background in writing and research, having worked with and under historians Mary Garrard, Helen Langa and most recently assisting Philadelphian-based art historian Judith E. Stein with her upcoming biography. Natalie enjoys Kundalini yoga and is a novice painter.