Welcome to ECFS!
ECFS is a strong, vibrant, and intentional community because of the collective gifts of time, talent, and treasure bestowed by all. Everyone is asked to join in advancing the mission of our School by sharing their gifts and inspiring others to give.
What is the Orange Fund?
The Orange Fund is our annual, community-wide fundraising drive that supports the pedagogy and programming that makes ECFS a leader in progressive education.
We exceeded our Orange Fund goal last year, raising a total of $4.8 million and reaching 73% parent participation.
Your donation impacts every aspect of the student experience. To read more about the impact of your donation, click HERE.
Orange Fund by the Numbers
Orange Fund Gift Categories
Loyal Oaks Society
Giving to the Orange Fund
New Parent FAQ
What is an annual fund? Why do we need one?
An annual fund is an initiative that raises money for a school's yearly operating budget. As with all independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating each student at ECFS. The gap between tuition and operating expenses is approximately $7,000 per student. The remaining costs are made up of income from our institutional investment portfolio and unrestricted donations to our annual fund, The Orange Fund.
Philanthropic support is an important part of every independent not-for-profit school’s business plan. Your gifts to the Orange Fund reduce the gap per student and help ECFS meet our annual operating budget. Achieving our Orange Fund goal is essential.
Why is my participation as a new parent important?
We hope that families will make ECFS a philanthropic priority, and that alumni will recognize the importance that ECFS made on their lives and donate to provide a similar opportunity for those who follow. Strong financial support of the Orange Fund demonstrates your commitment to the School and your belief in our students and their bright futures. Each and every gift is important.
What if my family receives financial aid?
We ask every member of the ECFS community — current parents, grandparents, employees, parents of graduates, and alumni — to participate in the Orange Fund, including families who receive financial aid. Your contribution, at any level, strengthens our community and demonstrates your support of the ECFS mission and your investment in its future.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! ECFS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization under the Federal Internal Revenue Code. Unlike tuition fees, all contributions to the Orange Fund are deductible pursuant to the prevailing tax laws. All donors will receive a letter noting their gift amount, the date of their gift, and a disclosure that no goods or services were provided.