Get Involved

There are several ways to join our efforts and get involved in 2019-20!

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 2019 earned naming rights to the 291 Central Park West entrance and the Class of 2018 earned the same for the passageway to the new brownstone at 21 West 88th Street. 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.


If you would like to join any of these committees or have questions about them, please contact Jacqueline Leitzes at or 646.400.0309.

Important Donor Tax Information for 2020 Gifts

The CARES Act, passed on March 27, 2020, allows individual and corporate taxpayers to increase their charitable contribution deductions for most public charities during calendar year 2020. 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 2020.

Key Dates in 2019-20

July 2019
2019-20 Annual Fund begins: July 1

October 2019
Alumni Reunion: October 19
Spark Tank Event: October 29

December 2019
Giving Tuesday: December 3
End of calendar-year tax-deductible
contributions: December 31

January 2020
Alumni Basketball Game: January 11

February 2020
Spark Tank Event: February 25

May 2020
Spark Tank Event: May 27

June 2020
2019-20 Annual Fund closes —
End of fiscal-year tax-deductible
contributions: June 30


Contact The Foundation

Jacqueline Leitzes
Foundation Director

Moira Chouaf
Annual Fund Director

Katya Rudnik
Foundation Assistant