Click here to give today! Please consider joining our growing community of donors with an online gift today. With your help, we can build upon the $75,000 we have already raised for the United Friends Fund and create a new horizon for United Friends philanthropy. We especially appreciate the additional help to cover our credit card fees, which allows 100% of your gift to support our students and faculty in their learning and teaching. Spring Benefit Auction Update We exceeded our goal of raising $10,000 towards our generous Flexible Tuition Program! This year, over 60% of our families received at least some tuition assistance, totaling nearly $500,000. We feel deeply grateful to our generous sponsors (please consider supporting these businesses, especially our Platinum Sponsor QNC Bank), our Spring Benefit volunteers, and the many people who participated in our auction by bidding on items and making donations. If you would like to add a donation to support our families and increase access to an UFS education, please visit the Auction 2022 website here. Thank you to all! The United Friends Fund Philanthropy is an essential part of the lifeblood that sustains United Friends School and helps our students grow. We have renamed our most important fund “The United Friends Fund”! Every dollar of school designated (unrestricted) gifts helps pay for everything that goes into a UFS education, every day. Your gift, at a level that feels good for you (gifts to UFS start at $1), has a direct impact our students’ experiences throughout the class year. The flexibility of an unrestricted gift also help us provide tuition assistance to 61% of our families, a commitment rooted in our Quaker testimonies of equality and community. Donate Today Donor Designated Annual Giving Donors may also choose to designate their annual giving support in addition to making unrestricted gifts that allow us to use the funds where they are needed most. Of these, the most impactful are gifts to help fund our tuition assistance program. We are proud of the $500,000 we provide to our families but the vast majority of this assistance is unfunded. Tax-wise gifts to the Friends Collaborative Scholarship program (for which $300 can leverage $3,000 in tuition assistance funding) or scholarship gifts made directly to the school helps us maintain this extraordinary commitment to our community’s economic diversity. Other kinds of designated annual support include gifts that fund various unbudgeted projects or initiatives, participation in community events that include fundraising, and gifts in kind. Our Spring Benefit is a terrific example of how all giving can be centered in rallying the community around gathering resources for our students and faculty. Ways to Give The first type of ways to give centers around the different types of transactions with which you can make a gift of any kind. These include: Check (please sign, date, and indicate your gifts’ purpose on the memo line);Cash (please make sure that cash is not apparent in envelope);Bank ACH/Wire (please contact the Director of Development prior to making transaction);Gifts of stock, bonds, and other types of securities (tax breaks on appreciated securities can be significant);Estate and planned gifts (please contact the Director of Development about bequests, trusts, annuities and other types of tax-wise gifts, which help build our long-term financial health).