Giving

Annual Giving

2020-2021 Support Annual Giving

Annual Giving is Poly’s most essential fundraising effort and best reflects the vigor and passion of our community to provide a stellar learning environment and exceptional experiences for our students. 

The Power of Poly starts with our students and is strengthened by our community’s commitment to Poly’s mission. Your contribution — no matter the size — makes an immediate and lasting impact in so many powerful ways: 

  • Ensures the high level of excellence of the Poly student experience 
  • Retains a talented faculty and exemplary support services
  • Supports “whole student building” priorities, including community service, health and wellness curriculum, and formal advising and mentoring programs
  • Covers Poly’s vast array of resources — books to busing
  • Preserves the wide-ranging academic, athletic, and art courses and activities
  • Provides financial aid flexibility to keep Poly a socioeconomically diverse, exciting, and multi-perspective school 
  • Maintains the beauty and functionality of Poly’s two historic campuses

Strengthen and improve the educational experience of every Poly student. Give to Annual Giving today!  Give to Annual Giving today!

YOUR DOLLARS AT WORK
Students in science lab Annual Giving provides lab equipment such as goggles, for our science classes.
Teacher with students and computers And technology for all our students.
Student artist in our studios Annual Giving touches every discipline such as providing art supplies such as paint, clay, brushes for all our budding artists.
Boys' lacrosse player Annual Giving fuels our Athletic teams by providing uniforms, gear, all our athletes, as well as playground equipment for our youngest players.
Dyker Heights library with kids reading together Annual Giving provides library books and resources across both campuses to spark a love of reading and learning.
Upper School Math Annual Giving helps Poly retain a talented faculty and keep class sizes low.
Dyker Heights campus Annual Giving provides maintenance of both historic campuses including grounds,
Library Lower School and the upkeep of school interiors, including upgrades to utilities to keep our school shining.
Transportation Poly provides bus service to both campuses to ensure students arrive safely and on time.

Why We Give

Poly is our home. We cherish the relationships we have created as alumni, educators, and now as Poly parents. We believe in Poly, an institution which creates a welcoming and diverse learning space for our students.

PETER SOTO ‘01 AND ELIZABETH (BETTE) SOTO P‘31

Why We Give

There’s no better gift to give a child through a grandchild than the gift of a fine education like the one they receive at Poly.

BRIAN AND DIANE LEYDEN WITH JACK POTTER (GRANDCHILD)

Why We Give

We are grateful to Poly and how it prepared Travis and Kameron for college, but most importantly, for life. We are proud to have made a gift to the school that continues to mean so much to our family.

RENRICK HUTCHINSON AND JENNIFER STEWART P’11, P’13

Why We Give

It has been an honor and a pleasure to have had the chance to be a part of the Poly family for 42 years. . . I believe in the school and its mission and want to give back to help keep it strong for the future.

MARIE CORKHILL
A group of people at Poly's Tower Society gathering

Tower Society

The Tower Society recognizes annual leadership giving by the Poly Prep community. The Society honors members for their ongoing generosity and provides them with opportunities to develop a closer relationship with Poly.

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Poly students jumping together while holding hands

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts can double—or even triple—the value of your gift to Poly Prep. Many companies match employees' charitable donations. (Some even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.)

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Be A Poly Ambassador

Engaging our Poly community is critical to making our Annual Giving goals a reality. You have the power to play a significant role in our campaign by attending events, gathering with fellow alumni or parents around the world, or giving your time and expertise through one of our many volunteer opportunities.

You are The Power of Poly, so get involved today and be our ambassador! To learn more, contact Opeyemi Laniyonu, Director of Annual Giving, at (347) 394-1177 ext. 3090 or email him directly.

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FAQs

  • What is Poly’s Annual Giving?

    Annual Giving is Poly’s fundraising priority. This yearly initiative is essential to the school’s financial well-being, making excellence possible across all programs. Annual Giving helps ensure the funding needed beyond tuition for the exceptional people and programs that define Poly’s outstanding educational experience.

  • Who contributes to Annual Giving?

    Annual Giving receives support from the entire Poly community—parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, friends, foundations, and matching gifts companies.

  • How much do I need to contribute to be a member of the Tower Society?

    Families who give $3,500 or more are invited to the Tower Society Reception with the Head of School. Donors at the $10,000 level and above are invited to a special Leadership Reception.

  • Why do I need to contribute to Annual Giving? Isn’t tuition enough?

    Tuition represents 86% of the school’s income. Annual Giving provides some of the funding needed beyond tuition for the exceptional people and programs that define Poly’s outstanding educational experience. Like all independent schools, Poly relies on the generosity of its community to fully fund the operating costs of the school.

  • Does my gift to Annual Giving support financial aid?

    Yes! Annual Giving supports the school’s operating budget, of which $9 million is allocated for financial aid this year. The school could not offer this level of assistance without Annual Giving.

  • Why is participation so important?

    We are dependent on the support of the entire Poly community to reach our goal. The involvement of every family demonstrates a belief in Poly’s mission and dedication to the success of the school. This tradition of philanthropic giving by generations of parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends has helped maintain Poly’s high standards and kept it financially sound.

  • Are gifts to Annual Giving tax deductible?

    Poly is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization under the Federal IRS code. All contributions to Annual Giving are tax deductible.

  • How much should I give?

    We hope every family will make Poly a philanthropic priority and contribute as generously as possible. Annual Giving gifts range from $5 to $50,000 and above. Every gift brings us closer to our goal.

  • When can I make my gift?

    Giving early in the school year allows Poly to put the contributions to immediate use. Please consider making your gift to Annual Giving today.

  • I receive financial aid. Why give money back to the school?

    We hope every member of the Poly community will participate in Annual Giving, including families receiving financial aid. Your gift—regardless of size—tells Poly that you are a proud member of the community who supports the school’s mission and the Poly experience.

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