The Derby Fund enriches each student's Derby experience. Annual gifts provide critical funds that help make possible our strong academic and social curriculum, financial aid for new and returning students, competitive salaries and professional development opportunities for our dedicated faculty. A strong Annual Fund provides Derby the flexibility and nimbleness to meet specific needs and opportunities as they present themselves.

The Derby Fund makes up 6% of the operating budget. Our goal over the next few years is to grow this to 8%. We are grateful to the donors and volunteers who will help make this happen. Every contribution directly impacts our students and faculty, who are the center of everything we do. 
We ask all members of our community to invest in Derby and make a meaningful gift to The Derby Fund. 

Last year, 94% of Derby families, 99% of Faculty and Staff, 100% of Trustees and over 300 Alumni/ae made gifts to the Annual Fund. 
The Annual Fund has been renamed The Derby Fund. This name change better reflects the goals and purpose of our community's philanthropic support of Derby. The Derby Fund is Better Together. All students benefit when our whole community of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, grandparents, and friends come together to support The Derby Fund.

Your Gift Supports:

  • Athletic Equipment and Transportation
  • Computers, iPads and ChromeBooks
  • Faculty Travel Grants
  • Field Trips
  • Musical Instruments
  • Theatre Lighting, Sound Equipment and Costumes
  • Travel Based Learning
  • Video Editing Tools

Leadership Giving Levels

Sarah Hersey Derby:
$25,000 and above
Ebenezer Gay: 
$15,000 - $24,999
Daniel Shute:
$10,000 - $14,999
John Thaxter: 
$5,000 - $9,999
Leadership donors are recognized each year at a reception hosted by the Head of School and President of the Board of Trustees.
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