Frequently Asked Questions about the Warrior Fund
A. First and foremost please know that Army ad Navy Academy stands on solid financial footing now, and has done so throughout its extraordinary 102 years of service to the community. Private support has always allowed the Academy to go above and beyond providing the “essentials” of a good education and to deliver an extraordinary learning experience for each and every Corps of Cadets in attendance.
A.The Warrior Fund is the Academy’s Annual Fund, and is the cornerstone of all fund raising at Army and Navy. Tuition and fees cover all the basics affording the Academy its long-standing reputation for solid financial footing. However, the Annual Fund provides the Academy with the extra resources to “do whatever it takes” – new lab equipment, renovations to dorm facilities, remodeling the recreation room, upgrades to bathrooms, etc. – to ensure the excellence in the ANA experience – year in and year out. Annual Funds are invested immediately to enhance the quality of the experience for all our cadets. This differentiates the Annual Fund from major capital improvement projects of long-term endowments.
A.Unrestricted Annual Fund gifts provide revenue in support of the operating budget. Specific targeted areas include: Technology upgrades, Renovations to residential Facilities, Improvement to student activity centers and facilities, Heating and air-conditioning upgrades to dorms, Professional development for faculty and staff, Academic programming and new curricula, Maintenance, repair and upgrade of our facilities—one of the largest budget items, Financial aid
A.Every gift makes a difference. For those whose circumstances allow, we encourage you to consider joining other Academy supporters at one or our Circle of Friends giving clubs. In so doing, you send a powerful message of your support for the Academy and its mission of educating and developing young men of good character. As esteemed members of the Academy’s Circle of Friends you will receive invitations to special events held throughout the year. We encourage parents, in particular, to make supporting the Academy one of your highest philanthropic priorities and to give in accordance with your abilities.
A.Leadership gifts are vital to the success of our Annual Fund program. Below is a list of leadership gift opportunities that are published in our annual report.
Circle of Friends
Founders Circle: $10,000 and above
President’s Circle: $5,000 to $9,999
Black & Gold Circle: $2,500 to $4,999
Warriors Circle: $500 to $2,499
A.We are not shy. We ask everyone who is part of our extended school-wide community (parents, cadets, grandparents, faculty, staff, alumni, friends) to contribute to the Fund. We’ve always prided ourselves on “participation first” with dollars a very close second. We hope supporters will make Annual giving to the Academy a high priority amongst their philanthropic endeavors, if not “at the top” of their list.
The Academy is especially proud of its Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff who not only give of their time, but also contribute to the Annual Fund or annual Faculty Scholarship Fund, which they present to outstanding students during the annual awards ceremony.
A.Now. The Annual Fund traditionally kicks off in the fall with Parent’s Weekend and builds momentum over the ensuing months. Most gifts are made prior to December 31st of that academic year, affording donors an opportunity of a charitable deduction towards that year’s taxes.
A.Through the years, the Parents’ Campaign has been a major component of our overall Annual Fund program. Army and Navy’s extended “family” is large, but no one is more interested in the health of the school than those who have sons in the school. Most important is our goal of 100 percent parental participation. No wonder the percent of parent participation is a key question on applications of other donors, corporations and foundations we solicit!
A.Yes. Army and Navy is a not-for-profit 501 (c3) corporation. Donations to Army and Navy are fully tax deductible.
A.Many companies will match gifts that their employees (and sometimes spouses of employees) make to secondary schools such as ANA. Please mention and encourage your prospects to check whether such a program exists at their place of employment. If it does, they can obtain the form from their Human Resource (Personnel) Department and include the form with the gift.
A.Yes. As noted earlier, though we strongly urge you to make an unrestricted gift to Funding Excellence—giving the school’s administration and leadership maximum flexibility in investing those funds “where needed most,” we also recognize that some donors may have a particular area of interest in mind, and may prefer to direct all or a portion of their gift in that direction. To facilitate this desire we have created a Family of Funds within the Annual Fund, each targeted to support excellence in an important component of The ANA Experience. Finally, a gift may be restricted to support any current program or activity within the school’s operations. If you are not sure the Academy can accommodate your request, please contact a member of the Development Department.
A.Donations to the Annual Fund may be made between September 1 and August 31. That being said, parents may want to make their donations before the end of December. That way they can claim the gift on their next tax return.
A.In the independent school model, tuition and fees cover the basics. It’s the Funding Excellence, represented by voluntary tax-deductible contributions, that provides all the “extras” that have come to define The ANA Experience. The most successful schools operate huge fund-raising programs to help slow down the necessary rates of increase in tuition. If tuition was increased to cover the actual cost of all programs, many families could not afford to send their sons to the Academy. This could mean a drop in enrollment, resulting in a cutback of our programs and steeper tuition increases in order to fund all operations, which would affect each student’s education. Additionally, charitable gifts would be even more difficult to obtain, given the increased cost of sending a child to ANA. This would preclude our ability to finance many of the important campus programs and improvements made possible by charitable support.
A.Army and Navy Academy, like all independent schools, colleges and universities, depends on the generosity of its parents, alumni and friends for financial support every year. Even schools with enormous endowments rely on their constituencies to support annual giving.
A.A key question on grant applications is the strength of constituent participation in annual giving. Support from parents is a clear measure of the effectiveness and success of the educational institution’s program. We are working to build the Academy’s record of participation so it will become a powerful statistic that can also be used to benefit the Academy.