Office of Advancement and Development
“Advancement” and “development” are just other words for thoughtful philanthropy—the compassionate human desire to give so that others will be helped. Each financial gift—no matter the size of the gift—is significant, used wisely by the school, and very much appreciated.
Tuition revenues alone can not fund the full cost of operating a school. The Annual Fund Drive and carefully planned Capital Campaigns allow Lee Academy to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the young people of today. As with most private schools and colleges, the difference between us implementing a strong educational program or a strong, inspiring, and comprehensive education is often determined by the additional resources that are provided by you.
Ways to Give
- Cash Gifts
As part of the yearly Annual Fund Drive are an important way to give to Lee Academy. Cash gifts are fully tax deductible and can be sent at any time to the Lee Academy Advancement Office. Each year, the Annual Fund Drive begins with a request mailing which explains the program options for annual support. This, as well as subsequent reminder mailings, includes a postage paid envelope. Gifts may also be charged to your Mastercard or VISA, simply by designating on the return envelope.
A bequest is a gift of either money or property made to the school through the wishes of the donor as expressed in a will. Bequests are easily established as part of your estate planning process. Please consider this as a way to make an enduring contribution to young people and your school.
Lee Academy accepts gifts-in-kind. The fair market value of such goods and services is fully tax deductible, as well. A formal appraisal is required by the IRS for such gifts over $5,000. Please contact the Advancement office for further information.
- Matching Gifts
Many companies have programs which match, often dollar-for-dollar, the charitable donations given by their employees. To utilize this benefit, obtain a matching gift form from your personnel office and send it to Lee Academy, along with your gift.
- Capital Campaigns
From time to time we come to you to ask for your financial support for specific, major projects at critical moments in the school’s history. Plans are now in the early stages for the first comprehensive capital campaign in half a century.
- Cash Gifts
Trustees, staff, and others will meet to initiate a strategic plan and campaign to support the natural evolution of Lee Academy as we recommit ourselves to the school’s mission and to the time-honored Lee Academy goals of academic and personal growth. The forthcoming plan will enable us to fully prepare students for the changing world around us.
How the Advancement Office Helps to Fund the Needs of the School
The Advancement office is now publishing the school’s magazine, LA Now. LA Now is a full-color, high-gloss professional publication that includes more articles and information, more pictures, and more opportunities for alumni and friends to be a part of the current life of the school, as well as to reconnect with their particular eras of involvement with Lee Academy.
Donations to the Annual Fund, our yearly request for support, are used to help fund academic programs and curricula during the year in which they are donated. Gifts to this fund are essential for a fully realized academic program.
Trustees and other school leaders are revisiting and discussing the vision for the future which will, ultimately, further strengthen an already strong school. Such strategic planning will help us to further identify and plan for building, equipment, program, and curricular needs. Doing this in a thoughtful, inclusive manner will allow us to both deepen and expand the ways we address the core mission of the school.
It is in our nature as humans to reach out to help where our gifts will enrich the lives of others.