Get Involved

There are several ways to join our efforts and get involved in 2020-21!

Annual Fund Committee

The Annual Fund is Dwight’s most important fundraising initiative. It is an appeal to the entire community to support student financial aid, faculty professional development, and Spark Tank innovation grants. Annual Fund participation is a strong demonstration of a shared belief in Dwight and its mission. The Annual Fund Committee solicits and secures gifts to ensure that we have a diverse and talented community.

Senior Gift Committee

Grade 12 families leave a legacy at Dwight by directing their Annual Fund donations to a specific purpose or part of the school, which is dedicated in their honor. The Class of 2020 earned naming rights to the Performing Arts Center on Columbus Avenue and the Class of 2019 earned the same for the 291 Central Park West entrance. The Senior Gift Committee solicits and secures gifts from fellow senior parents.

Spark Tank Committee

Spark Tank, Dwight’s incubator designed to nurture student leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship beyond the classroom for students in grades K-12, was launched in 2015. The Spark Tank Committee — comprised of accomplished parents and alumni in a variety of fields — advises and mentors students, and approves funding for their projects.

Spring Benefit Committee

The Benefit is both a community builder and fundraiser, which includes auction items generously donated by parents, alumni, and local businesses. The Committee solicits auction items, promotes ticket sales, and helps with event logistics. It is our hope to hold a Spring Benefit this year, which is why we’re recruiting a Committee at this time. We will evaluate the possibility in the coming months.


Key Dates

July 2020

  • 2020-21 Annual Fund begins: July 1

October 2020

  • Spark Tank Event: October 27

December 2020

  • Giving Tuesday: December 1
  • End of calendar-year tax-deductible contributions: December 31

February 2021

  • #DSFLove Giving Initiative: February 8-19
  • Spark Tank Event: February 23

April 2021

  • Spring Benefit: April 29 (TBD)

May 2021

  • Spark Tank Event: May 26

June 2021

  • 2020-21 Annual Fund closes — end of fiscal-year tax-deductible contributions: June 30

Questions about our committees? Contact us!

Moira Chouaf, Interim Foundation Director

Important Donor Tax Information for 2021 Gifts

The second stimulus package, passed on December 27, 2020, allows individual and corporate taxpayers to increase their charitable contribution deductions for most public charities during calendar year 2021. Deduction limits for individuals have been raised to 100% of adjusted gross income (up from 60% previously), and corporate deduction has more than doubled. Individuals who do not itemize may deduct up to $300 for calendar year 2021, and those filing jointly may deduct up to $600.

Annual Report