What The Foundation Supports

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. 


In 2019-20, funds raised from Annual and Capital initiatives provided:

  • $1.55 million in financial aid, enabling many gifted and talented students to receive a world-class Dwight education both in and out of the classroom regardless of their financial means.
  • 104 professional development grants, empowering faculty to bring the latest teaching and innovation strategies into the classroom to benefit all students.
  • An opportunity for over 70 students to participate in Spark Tank, where many were able to present their entrepreneurial projects to judges for feedback, mentorship, and funding through innovation grants.
  • Grants for 15 students who took part in the Spark Tank Service Challenge, a program launched in response to COVID-19 supporting student-led projects to raise funds and/or supplies for worthy causes during this unprecedented time.
  • Underwriting the Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum to enhance Dwight’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) instruction for students in Pre-K-grade 10.
  • Funding to launch WILD (Wilderness Instruction and Leadership Development), an innovative outdoor program designed to build community and fulfill the School’s vision to foster the next generation of global leaders who can thrive anywhere in the world.
  • A variety of state-of-the-art equipment and new programs for enhanced classroom learning 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, Foundation Trustees, 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 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.

Questions? Contact us!

Moira Chouaf, Interim Foundation Director


Olivia Merrick-Haight, LMSW, Manager of Alumni and Foundation Engagement


Meredith Nuber, Manager of Special Events


Annual Report