What The Foundation Supports

The Dwight School Foundation is very proud to be celebrating an important milestone in 2019-20 — our 50th anniversary!

Established in 1969, The Dwight School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Trustees and provides professional development grants to faculty, and financial aid and innovation grants to students.

The Foundation has three main fundraising initiatives: the Annual Fund; capital fundraising for transformative investments and expanded opportunities for Dwight students, faculty, and programs; and the Spring Benefit, a social event that both celebrates the Dwight community and supports the Foundation’s mission. Beginning in 2019–20, our Spring Benefit will be hosted on a biennial basis, and we look forward to its return in 2021.


In 2018-19, funds raised from these three initiatives provided: 

  • $1.77 million in financial aid, enabling more gifted and talented students to receive a world-class Dwight education than in any previous year.
  • 162 professional development grants and 61 Frontier Teacher grants, allowing faculty to bring the latest teaching and innovation strategies into the classroom to benefit all students.
  • An opportunity for 76 students to participate in Spark Tank; 46 of whom presented to judges for feedback, mentorship, and funding.
  • Funding for a variety of state-of-the-art equipment for use in the classroom; experts-in-residence, who share the latest training insights and expertise with faculty; A-List, which helps students with skill-building and college test preparation; and more!

In addition to securing philanthropic support, the Foundation is also responsible for all School alumni relations and works closely with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Head of School, Parents Association, Alumni Council, and countless volunteers to strengthen the Dwight community.


Questions? Please contact The Dwight School Foundation at 646.400.0314 or foundation@dwight.edu

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