Dear Portledge Community, 

The spring of 2020 posed unprecedented challenges for our school and tested our community's commitment, resilience, and resources like never before. As the needs of our school changed dramatically and almost instantly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so did our community's response. The power of the Portledge community once again shone through and helped to guide us through this challenge in every way. 

Thanks to the unmatched philanthropic support of all of our constituencies and the unwavering dedication of our faculty, staff, and administration, Portledge was able to deploy approximately $500,000 of unbudgeted funds to ensure the continued success and future safety of our school. Examples of additional expenditures include, but are not limited to:
  • Personal Protective Equipment e.g., temperature scanners, masks, face shields, desk barriers, etc.
  • Creating additional classroom spaces
  • Extra tents and seating to utilize more campus space
  • Additional cleaning services
  • Adapting our air circulation/purifying systems
  • OWL technology for classrooms
  • Adding/adapting staff responsibilities to help proctor and supervise
There is no doubt that our ability to successfully navigate these uncertain times is a direct result of the deep connection that exists between our school and our community.

As you already know, dollars raised by the Portledge Fund directly support the general operating budget of the school. The COVID-19 global pandemic has pushed this budget to its limits like never before. As a result, the incremental dollars raised through the Portledge Fund will be of paramount importance as we continue to provide an unmatched Portledge experience while safely operating our school within the confines of the pandemic. 

Please donate to the Portledge Fund today. 

I extend my wholehearted thanks for your support during these trying times. Not just your continued philanthropic support, but also the moral, emotional, and spiritual support that you continuously give to Portledge. The varying difficulties we have all faced throughout this year will continue to challenge us but, by donating to the Portledge Fund today, you can play a big part in helping our school keep your children's education, well-being, and social and emotional development at the forefront of all we do. 

Sincerely, 

Simon Owen-Williams
Head of School

Why is The Portledge Fund Important?

The Portledge Fund is the "gift every year" that Portledge counts on from our family — current parents and grandparents, past parents and grandparents, alumni, trustees, faculty — to help underwrite the cost of our expenses. As the budget expands to meet the growing demands of our student body, increased contributions are needed for a range of goals, including new enhanced programs, technology upgrades, and scholarship assistance.

Your Participation is Crucial

To meet our financial goals, we rely on each and every gift, no matter the size. Your support tells Portledge that you believe in our mission. Through annual giving, all alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty and staff can express their philanthropic commitment to Portledge, and make a gift that is personally meaningful. Last year, gifts ranged from $25 dollars up to $25,000. Eighty percent of our current parents participated, a record-breaking number and a true testament to our strength as an institution.

What is The Portledge Fund?

The Portledge Fund is the cornerstone of all of our fundraising efforts at Portledge. It makes up the difference between the revenue provided by tuition and the actual expense of running the school - approximately $5,000 per student. The Portledge Fund provides the enhancements required to offer the very best educational experience for our students.

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Ways to Give

Portledge is a 501c(3) not-for-profit institution and gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Please make your gift in one of the following ways:
  • Check payable to Portledge School.
  • Credit card (American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover).
  • Online here.
  • Charge to your child’s Portledge Account.
  • Gifts of Securities. Please contact Tara Askeland at (516) 750-3205
  • Matching Gifts. Many employers can match gifts to Portledge, so please consult your Human Resources Department.