Philanthropy at Field

The Field School is grounded in the dignity of each person; every voice is heard. We know that we are stronger when we join together working towards a common goal. We invite you to join our community and add your voice to support our students in a transformative educational experience. Your participation elevates our school community. Philanthropy augments a student’s Field education by deepening educational opportunities and co-curricular activities. Creating a culture of philanthropy—where families step forth to support Field through the Annual Fund, volunteering, and engagement—makes our community stronger. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

The Annual Fund

The Field Annual Fund is our focused effort to raise funds to recruit and retain excellent faculty, ensure access to students through financial aid, and provide outstanding programming and resources for our students.. The Annual Fund campaign runs each year from July 1 through June 30. We value every single gift, no matter the dollar amount. Participating in Field’s Annual Fund builds community and enthusiasm among our school community and creates a culture of giving back for our students. Making a gift to Field’s Annual Fund is a tangible expression of your support for our school. Our focus is 100% participation from our school community; every gift is valued and recognized.

The Annual Fund supports:
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Annual Fund FAQs

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  • Why does Field ask for a contribution in addition to tuition?

    Tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of a Field education. Charitable donations beyond tuition support key programs that make Field an exceptional school and make a Field education accessible to any academically qualified student, regardless of their ability to pay tuition. In 2021-2022, the difference between tuition and the full cost of education per student was $3,322. Philanthropy bridges and provides an opportunity for all families to give at a level that is comfortable and meaningful to them. Philanthropy also supports the multitude of student experiences available at Field including Intersession, athletics, and performing arts. 
  • Why not raise tuition to cover operating expenses?

    We strive to keep tuition increases minimal so that our tuition remains competitive. We want to maintain socioeconomic diversity in our student body and seek additional revenues through charitable contributions to maintain a reasonable tuition structure. A diverse student body is integral to and enriches the Field educational experience. 
  • Are there ways to give beyond the Field Annual Fund?

    In the past, families have made additional sponsorship gifts at our Dare To Be Field spring event and other gifts to support special projects. We invite you to reach out to us to discuss making larger, targeted gifts to areas of interest.
  • How much and when should I give?

    Every gift matters and is greatly appreciated. Gifts of all sizes help us to meet our goals of providing a transformative education to every Field student. Tuition is a significant investment, and we know that every family’s financial situation differs. We ask that families make a meaningful gift that captures your passion for Field and your ability to give. We invite families to make a pledge or gift by December 31 and pay by June 30, the close of our fiscal year. Contributions to the Annual Fund can be made once a year or set up as an electronic monthly contribution.
  • How are Field Annual Fund dollars spent?

    The Field Annual Fund supports all aspects of a Field education, including financial aid, faculty support and professional development, and programs that support our students and our school’s mission.
  • Can I contribute through planned giving?

    Yes! Name The Field School in your will or add a simple amendment.
    You can give a specific amount or a percentage of your estate
    Name The Field School as a beneficiary of your:
    • Retirement or savings account
    • IRA
    • Life insurance policy
    • 401(k) or 403(b)

Get Involved!

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There are many ways to get involved at Field including participating in fundraising, volunteering for the Field Parents Association, and attending community events. Your participation in events and activities builds and strengthens our school community. We invite you to join us at our Dare to Be Field spring event, Grandparent and Grandfriends Day (for middle school students), grade-level events, alumni gatherings, and our bi-yearly Arts Showcases.

The Field Parents Association (FPA) builds community among parents through engagement with each other and the school–in support of Field’s mission. The FPA welcomes volunteers to support our community through committees.

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  • Welcome Committee

    Purpose and spirit: Welcome incoming families and establish rapport with first-year families throughout the year in an effort to welcome new families into our community.
  • Class Parents Committee

    Purpose and spirit: Build community within each grade to promote parent engagement and connections, participation at school events, and to advance the culture of giving at Field.
  • Faculty and Staff Appreciation Committee

    Purpose and spirit: Recognize, celebrate and show parent appreciation for faculty and staff in creative and heartfelt ways throughout the year. Coordinate and streamline existing celebrations and gifts so that our faculty and staff know how much families appreciate their hard work!
  • Events Committee

    Purpose and spirit: Work closely with the Advancement office throughout the year to plan the spring fundraiser and other opportunities for parent and alumni engagement through special events.  
  • Sunshine Committee

    Purpose and spirit: Build community among current Field families by extending well wishes on behalf of the school.

Giving Levels

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  • Wonder Gifts ($25,000+)

    To celebrate Field’s first home in the “Wonder Building” and the state of mind that best serves our community as we imagine its most positive impact on the world.
  • Discovery Gifts ($14,000+)

    To celebrate “Self-Discovery,” our mission’s first word, which defines Field as a school where everyone can be themself.
  • Pillar Gifts ($7,000+)

    To celebrate “Skills of Mind,” the foundation of our mission to teach thinking, writing, problem-solving, and communication.
  • Bridge Gifts ($3,500+)

    To celebrate “Generosity of Heart,” the fiber of our mission that connects us to each other and to the world.
  • Founding Gifts ($1,972+)

    To celebrate 1972, when a school that believes in creativity, individuals, and daring came alive.

Ways to Give

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    Find us at @FieldSchool

    Please send checks, made payable to The Field School, to:

    Attn: Advancement Office
    2301 Foxhall Rd, NW
    Washington, DC 20007

    We want you to feel good about your gift to The Field School. Let's discuss your particular interest in faculty support, financial aid, planned giving, or any other unique way you wish to honor the school. For more information email Director of Advancement Susan Vogel or call 202-295-5868.

    Learn more about Field's stock giving information. By giving appreciated stock directly to Field, you can save the capital gains tax and can claim a deduction on your income tax. Contact Director of Advancement Susan Vogel with questions or to arrange a transfer.

    Save time and taxes! If you're required to take a minimum annual distribution from an IRA, you may be able to avoid the associated taxes by requesting that payment be sent directly to Field as a charitable gift. Contact Director of Advancement Susan Vogel to learn more. Learn more.

Why We Give



Please contact Susan Vogel at or call 202-295-5894 for assistance or questions.

Field is a 501(c)(3) organization. All gifts to The Field School are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  


2020-21 Annual Report

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