Giving to Canterbury School

You make the difference: Canterbury School’s success is deeply rooted in the strong support of the dedicated group of parents, alumni, teachers and friends who generously give back to our school each year.

Annually replenishing the Canterbury Fund is crucial to achieving our mission of maximizing the potential of young people. Through the Canterbury Fund, we provide a challenging, enriching, and supportive learning environment in which students build the foundation for a life of purpose, passion, and meaning. And through the Canterbury Fund, we fulfill our promise to attract and keep the best teachers, provide financial assistance for students, and maintain a safe, comfortable and inviting campus for our community.

We ask our network of parents, alumni, teachers and friends to make an annual gift to the Canterbury Fund. Each gift matters, regardless of how large or small, because each gift contributes to the “Canterbury experience” of superior academic programs and exceptional co-curricular activities. Your gift makes the difference for each and every Cavalier.

Give Today – Your Way

In addition to contributing to the Canterbury Fund, there are many ways you can give to Canterbury School. If you don’t find one that works for you, contact Melinda Perry, Director of Development, to discuss personalized options for you.


Use our convenient, safe and secure online giving form to make an immediate contribution to the Canterbury Fund. We happily accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You can also call (260) 436-8786 to make a credit card gift via phone.


Gifts of cash and check are the most common forms of support. Cash should be given directly to the Business Office, and checks made payable to Canterbury School should be sent directly to:

Canterbury School
C/O: Business Office
3210 Smith Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

To transfer shares of stock into the Canterbury School brokerage account, please contact Melinda Perry.


You may make a pledge to support Canterbury School to be paid at a future date or in a series of installments. You can complete your pledge and indicate your timing preference on the Canterbury Fund Pledge page.


Planned giving enables you to maximize your gifts to Canterbury School through bequests, life-income arrangements, gifts of real estate or personal property, or other forms of giving, while still maintaining financial security. Planned gifts often allow you to:

  • Expand your giving capacity
  • Receive an immediate tax deduction while avoiding capital gains
  • Provide a lasting effect on Canterbury School

Gifts of Retirement Assets

Donating part or all your unused retirement assets – such as a gift from your IRA, 401(k), 403(b), pension or other tax-deferred plan – is an excellent way to make a gift.

Gifts of Insurance

If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted in original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy. For example, you may have purchased a policy to provide for minor children, and they are no financially independent adults.

Or, perhaps you want to make a gift of highly appreciated real estate but wish to retain the value of that asset for your family. You can use tax savings generated from the gift of real estate to purchase an insurance policy, which could replace the value of the gift for the benefit of your family.

Gifts Outlined in Wills

A will is one way to continue to provide for organizations beyond one’s lifetime. Through a will, you can retain full use of your property and with your attorney’s assistance, you can provide for your family and make charitable gifts. You also always retain the right to change your mind.

There are several ways to provide a charitable gift in a will: It can be for a stated amount, for specific property or for a specific percentage of your estate. Your attorney can advise you of the different approaches and what might work best for you. Wording for making a restricted or an unrestricted bequest to Canterbury School might be:

I give and bequest to Canterbury School, a nonprofit corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the sum of _____dollars ($_______)/_______% of my estate/or the property described below for such purpose as the trustees of Canterbury School shall determine to be in the best interest of Canterbury School.

If at some future time, in the judgment of a majority of the trustees of Canterbury School, the income or principal of the fund established by this bequest can no longer be utilized to the best advantage of Canterbury School for the purposes or in the manner specified, then the income or principal or both may be used for such related purpose and in such other manner as the trustees may deem appropriate that will most nearly accomplish my wishes.

The 1977 Society

The 1977 Society was founded in 2000 to recognize and honor those individuals who have remembered Canterbury School in their estate plans. The name of the society reflects the school’s founding year and the long-term commitment of the society members. Through their thoughtful and caring support of Canterbury School’s mission, our financial viability is secured long into the future. To notify us of your estate plans, please contact Melinda Perry.


Endowment gifts are held in perpetuity and invested on a long-term basis in support of the school's mission. A portion of the endowment income is transferred annually to the school in support of the year's operating budget, and as our endowment grows, increased earnings will provide more income for core budget areas.

Three areas of support have been identified as giving priorities:

  • Financial Aid Endowment – Every year about 20 percent of Canterbury students qualify for and receive tuition assistance. The school's commitment to enrolling an economically diverse student body can only be realized by making financial aid funds available on a continuing basis.
  • Faculty Endowment – Through the endowment and other special funding, stipends have been established for several department chairs in major academic disciplines. The school is committed through such efforts to recognize and reward excellence in teaching and to attract and retain top-quality teachers.
  • Building Endowment – Tuition is directed almost in its entirety to the day-to-day operation of the school. As far as possible, funds are raised for capital purchases, building improvements and maintenance. A building endowment is designed to relieve pressure on tuition and make a Canterbury education available to more students.

You can also give to the Jonathan Hancock Lecture Series to support on-going professional development among the Canterbury and greater Fort Wayne communities.


Canterbury School is always honored to receive thoughtful gifts in honor of loved ones and friends. Throughout the years, these special gifts have enhanced our libraries and fine arts programs, contributed to the unrestricted area of the school's endowment, or helped wherever the need is greatest. You can contribute a tribute gift and specify its allocation on the Tribute Gifts page.


You can double or triple your gift’s impact on Canterbury School! Many companies offer matching gift programs to meet their employees’ philanthropic interests. Best of all, you’re recognized for the full amount of your own gift, plus any resulting corporate match.

Contact your Human Resources Office to learn more about your company’s matching gift policy and to determine if you are eligible for a matching gift. Please complete and mail your company’s matching gift form to the Canterbury School Business Office at 3210 Smith Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.


We welcome items of tangible personal property that can be used in one of our school’s programs. Donors can receive a charitable deduction for the item’s market value. To provide an in-kind gift, please contact Melinda Perry.


Take advantage of our rewards programs! When you shop for things you already need, a portion of your total can be given back to Canterbury School. Learn more about our rewards programs.


Author Beth Behrendt's book, "A Mighty Spirit: Canterbury School at 40 Years: 1977-2017," beautifully captures the school community we all love so much. It explores Canterbury School's rich history, magic moments and lasting traditions, while highlighting the meaningful connections, programs and events of today. All proceeds support Canterbury School.


Sharing your time, talents, enthusiasm and expertise as a volunteer can be the best gift of all. You can view a full list of volunteer opportunities online, or you can contact Melinda Perry to discuss creative ways you can become involved in promoting Development initiatives.

Giving Levels

Founder's Club

Canterbury Club

Head of School Club



Leadership Club


Blue and White Club
Up to $999

Gifts of $3,000 or more are considered leadership levels.