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Annual Fund: Immediate Needs

Whether our students are in-person or learning remotely, the Annual Fund is now more essential than ever. Here’s why:

Contributions to the Annual Fund support immediate operating needs in this challenging and historic moment. Our community's continued generosity is helping to support hybrid teaching and learning for K-12 students providing a safe, in-person education and a robust digital platform.

Since the start of the pandemic, community support has helped:
  • provide increased emergency financial assistance to Dalton families as our community navigates a difficult and unpredictable financial climate
  • retrofit our buildings to safely accommodate students, faculty, and staff for in-person teaching and learning
  • defray increased technology expenses, such as training our faculty and staff for hybrid and remote teaching and learning—along with additional equipment to make this experience as seamless as possible for our students
Our community’s loyal and consistent philanthropy helps to provide an uninterrupted rigorous academic experience during this unpredictable time. We are grateful for your generosity!

For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at

Endowed Funds: Future Needs

Given the current environment, our priorities continue to be the Endowed Financial Assistance Fund and the Head of School Community Support Fund.
For more information or to make a multi-year pledge contact the Advancement Office at

Senior Class Gift

This one-time gift honors Dalton graduates while bestowing a meaningful legacy from the graduating class to the School. It reflects the class’s values and priorities and their hopes for the next generation of Dalton students who will benefit from this gift. Students of the Class of 2021 vote on the Senior Class designation, and optional donations from the class parents provide the funding.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Fund

This endowed fund, created in Fall 2020 with a focus on the student experience, will support the school’s goals to become an anti-racist and inclusive institution including, but not limited to:
  • Increase college office engagement and programming for BIPOC students
  • Develop a Middle and High School buddy program to strengthen BIPOC student mentoring
  • Bring in speakers with expertise in DEI work for student and community-wide events
  • Provide funding for students to attend the annual NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference 
  • Develop training for faculty (e.g., facilitating conversations with students around race; facilitating student identity and affinity spaces)
  • Expand outreach to recruit faculty and staff candidates of color to better reflect our student body population and execute a training program for hiring managers to improve retention and explicitly address racism and unconscious bias in the hiring process
  • Design and pilot inclusion orientation training for new parents and families 
  • Provide professional development funding for faculty and staff to attend conferences and workshops related to DEI education and personal and professional growth 
  • Develop and execute DEI training and educational forums for administrative and volunteer leadership groups (e.g., the Board of Trustees, the Parent Association Executive Board, the Alumni Council)
For more information or to make a multi-year pledge contact the Advancement Office at


List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the Annual Fund?

    A robust Annual Fund supports day-to-day operational expenses. Dalton’s Annual Fund depends on your loyalty year after year and counts on high parent and alumni participation. These unrestricted, tax-deductible gifts are an immediate, tangible investment in the daily life of students and are a crucial complement to our tuition revenue and endowment. The Annual Fund is essential to attract and retain an outstanding faculty; help provide financial assistance and scholarships; support new, exciting curricula, programming, technological innovations, pandemic-related expenses to keep our community safe…and much more!
  • Q. Why is Annual Fund Participation important?

    Every member of the extended community is asked to support Dalton’s Annual Fund each year. We aim for 100% participation from current families, alumni, faculty/staff, and trustees. High participation demonstrates our community’s strength and shared commitment to our students and is vital to the School’s efforts to attract gifts and grants from foundations, corporations and other individuals. Dalton’s tradition of partnership with our community members is key to our success.
  • Q. I'd also like to support Dalton's Spring Benefit, how do I prioritize?

    When planning your philanthropic support of Dalton, we ask that you make your Annual Fund gift first, before considering gifts to other fundraising initiatives.
  • Q. How does Dalton's endowment support the school's fiscal wellbeing?

    The endowment forms the capital strength of the school by providing long-term stability and flexibility. Gifts to the endowment are permanent assets and give Dalton the power to respond to long-term needs. To learn more about our endowment and other designated funds, please contact
  • Q. How much should I contribute?

    Dalton is grateful for the generosity of all of our donors. Every single gift, regardless of the amount, is valued.
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