The Annual Fund

As you consider giving to The Benjamin School, here are some questions and answers to help guide you...

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the Annual Fund?

    The average tuition falls about $2,500 short from the full cost of educating each student at Benjamin. The Annual Fund bridges that gap and runs in conjunction with the School's fiscal year of July 1-June 30. Gifts to the Annual Fund are a critical part of the School's operating budget every year.
  • What does the Annual Fund support?

    • Hire, retain, and professionally develop skilled faculty and staff
    • Enhance and maintain campus infrastructure (buildings, sports fields, etc...)
    • Expand technology and innovation including updated computer workstations and smartboards
    • Support the athletics, arts, and music programs (uniforms, equipment, etc...)
    • Provide financial assistance to students whose families demonstrate need and would otherwise not be able to attend Benjamin, allowing for an increasingly diverse population
    • Maintain an average student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1
  • How much am I expected to give?

    We ask our families to give to the best of their ability and at a level that demonstrates the value placed on an exemplary education. The value of leadership-level gifts, however, cannot be underestimated. Gifts at the leadership level ($3,000 or more) account for over 85% of the support received.
  • When will I be asked to participate in the Annual Fund campaign, and how will I be asked?

    In September, you will receive the Annual Fund brochure and a benefactor response form. The brochure describes in detail how your gift will impact the operating budget. Shortly afterwards, volunteers make follow-up phone calls to those who have not donated or pledged to the Annual Fund to answer questions and encourage participation.
  • Why is participation so important?

    High participation signals institutional strength and school pride. It also means that more individuals are sharing the financial responsibility to support the School. Across the nation, independent school families are making it clear that they understand the need to support schools to the best of their ability. No matter what you give, we always strive for 100% participation because it shows all families support the School.
  • Why does Benjamin ask for contributions instead of simply increasing the tuition?

    As is the case with most independent schools, tuition does not cover the total cost of educating each student. Contributions to the Annual Fund make up the difference needed to cover the actual cost of operating the school. Augmenting tuition through charitable gifts helps keep tuition at a competitive rate and provides many important programs and improvements that are essential to our mission. It's also a way for you to receive a deduction on your income tax, to the extent allowed by law.
  • How can I make a contribution, and is it tax-deductible?

    Gifts of cash/checks are the most common and efficient way to donate. Gifts of appreciated securities have beneficial tax implications. Please contact the Advancement Office at 561.472.3452 for more information. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted for gifts, and the Benjamin website can process secure transactions for these donations. (Please be aware that by using a credit card to make your donation, the School incurs a fee of 2.75% - 3.00%.) Gifts can be pledged depending on the timeframe and designation. All Annual Fund gifts to The Benjamin School are tax-deductible based on the school's 501(c)(3) charitable status.
  • Whom do I contact to make a gift or get more information?

    To make a gift or get more information, please contact the Director of Annual Giving Donna Minard by phone at 561.472.3483 or via email at
  • Will my employer match my gift?

    Matching gifts can sometimes double, or even triple, the impact your gift makes to TBS!
    Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions
    made by their employees. 

    Use the search box below to see if your company has a matching gift policy.


2017-2018 Annual Fund Parent Co-chairs

    • Thomas Matese, Anne Matese, Sierra Lowe, Darren Lowe

      Thomas Matese, Anne Matese, Sierra Lowe, Darren Lowe

"We believe The Benjamin School experience is an investment in our children's future. The contribution we make to the Annual Fund is our way of investing in the School and making sure that experience continues for future generations. It's simply that important."

Drs. Thomas and Anne Matese
A premier PK3 - Grade 12 independent, coeducational day school with campuses in North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Since 1960, The Benjamin School has provided a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.