Dear parents, alumni and friends,
Abingdon School regularly seeks donations to fund important elements of School life, including bursaries for boys of families with financial need, and projects which enhance academic studies, extra-curricular activities and pastoral care. Periodically, we also seek donations for new facilities. And, we always welcome ideas from individuals about how they might like to support the School through a special purpose fund.
If you have given to bursaries, projects in our Annual Fund, or building appeals, or even set up a special fund, thank you! Your support is very much appreciated.
Abingdon’s need for donated funds is, of course, never ending, and so fundraising must go on. Why? Because Abingdon is a very ambitious School, and unfortunately, ambition costs money.
At the present time, we have two fundraising initiatives that reflect our priorities:
Bursaries provide financial aid to families of able boys who cannot afford to pay full fees. Bursaries therefore widen access to a quality education, which is so important to unlocking the doors of future opportunity. As a former direct grant grammar school, Abingdon understands the importance of widening access, and we are committed to increasing bursaries with donated funds. We have set ourselves a goal of doubling, by 2025, the number of pupils we support with bursaries, from 60 to 120 per year.
Annual Fund Projects
Annual Fund projects come in different shapes and sizes, but what they share in common is that they add to the opportunities boys have to develop themselves intellectually, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially and artistically. Projects are above and beyond what annual operating and capital budgets can afford. They are important extras that teachers would like to offer boys, but cannot.
Abingdon School has a long and proud history of philanthropy – a word which I’m often asked to explain, especially since it sits squarely in my job title! In practice, philanthropy is about inspiring members of the School community like you to take a strong interest in and support one or both of the School's fundraising priorities. Thank you in advance for considering a gift for Bursaries and/or Annual Fund projects. There are a variety of different ways you can give and tax relief available on different types of donations.