Fund for Falmouth Academy

Unrestricted Giving

Every year, funds provided by generous donors to the Fund for Falmouth Academy are immediately put to work at Falmouth Academy, ensuring a meaningful and transformative educational experience for our students. This unrestricted fund supports the work of our dedicated faculty, provides aid for our students, enables our sports teams to compete across the Cape and students to find their voice in rhetoric class or chorus rehearsal. It helps pay for critical infrastructure improvements and provides support when unexpected expenses or exciting opportunities arise.

Bridging the Gap
Like most independent schools, proceeds from the Fund help bridge the gap between tuition revenues and the full cost of educating our students. Currently the Fund provides approximately eight percent of the school's annual operating costs. From the moment the doors open in the fall, more than $1,700 dollars of every child's learning experience is supported by gifts to the Fund for Falmouth Academy.

All Gifts are Important
In recent years, gifts to the Fund have ranged from $5 to $50,000. We are grateful for gifts of any amount. All donors are acknowledged in our annual Report to Donors. Individuals making major gifts of $1,000 or more to the Fund are considered members of the Falmouth Academy Mariner Society and are invited to our Leadership Donor Party held annually at the beginning of each school year.

Matching Gifts
Did you know that some employers match their employee’s contributions to non-profit organizations like Falmouth Academy? Please check with your human resources department to find out if you qualify. Matching Gifts count as part of your total giving contribution and may increase your giving society level. Your participation can unlock new funds from charitable foundations.

Participation Matters
The act of giving itself carries an added bonus for Falmouth Academy. Your contribution to the Fund for Falmouth Academy increases a key fundraising benchmark: the "Participation Rate." For instance, the higher participation rates climb, the greater our advantage as we compete for grants from foundations and other philanthropic organizations. These funds have tremendous power to benefit the entire Falmouth Academy community, and your participation holds the key.

The Falmouth Academy Senior Parent Gift is an important part of the Fund for Falmouth Academy. Parents and families of the graduating class have collectively dedicated their donations to support a key project or initiative, to support teacher professional development, and to build endowment for the long-term benefit of the school, the faculty and its students.

Easy Ways to Give:
Gifts may be given as a lump sum, as a pledge with installments payable by June 30, or in automatic monthly amounts. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the IRS code. Please visit our Ways to Give page or follow the link to give online.

Giving Societies

  • Founders Circle (gifts of $10,000 or more)
  • Revels Society (gifts of $5,000-$9,999)
  • Isti Mirant Stella Guild (gifts of $2.500-$4,999)
  • Athens/Sparta Club (gifts of $1,000-$2,499)
  • Head of School’s List (gifts of $500-$999)
  • Honor Society (gifts of $250-$499)
  • Scholars (gifts of $1 to $249)

Why I Give

This fall, I was remembering back when we first brought our son, Connor to visit Falmouth Academy. Connor had been at the same small independent school since he was 18 months old, so the thought of a new school was overwhelming for us.  After spending the day at Falmouth Academy we asked Connor what he thought - his reply was a simple one but I knew exactly what he meant when he said, “It feels like home.”  Our family all witnessed the same thing: thoughtful faculty, engaged students, and a welcoming community. Connor recently graduated from FA and these sentiments have not changed. Falmouth Academy challenges our children to be big thinkers, innovators, and leaders - to be a part of something bigger than themselves. I know that my family is truly fortunate to have found Falmouth Academy - a  school with dedicated faculty and staff members.  

The ability for Falmouth Academy to continue to educate our children is tied to the success of the annual Fund for Falmouth Academy. That is why I am asking you to join me in contributing to the Fund. Any size gift truly does make a difference.  Some of you might be like me and think “How can my contribution make a difference?” Every gift to the Fund for Falmouth Academy does make a difference. Each student, staff, and faculty member benefits from a contribution regardless of its size.  I decided to make a recurring contribution. While dinner out once a month did not seem like a lot of money, I realized what that amount becomes in ten months. Take a moment to think about how much closer your gift will bring a faculty member to a virtual conference or enable a teacher to purchase the extra materials on their “wish list.” I know by participating in the Fund for Falmouth Academy I am contributing to something bigger than myself. I am enabling Falmouth Academy to do “one more thing” - be “one step closer”. I am making a difference. 

Please consider making a donation, and a difference, today. Thank you!

—Kyra Mercer, Past Chair, Parents Fundraising Committee
If you have questions or would like to make a pledge, a gift of securities, set up Monthly Giving, or wish to include Falmouth Academy in your estate plans, please contact the Development Office at 508-457-9696 or email
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