Canterbury Fund


Your gift to the Canterbury Fund makes an immediate and permanent impact on our students. Your thoughtful participation in the Canterbury Fund truly creates the “Canterbury Experience” of superior academic programs and exceptional co-curricular activities in a decidedly student-centered environment. Your gift to the Canterbury Fund is a commitment to the future of each and every Cavalier!

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The Canterbury Fund provides the extra margin of excellence not afforded by tuition.

Your support reflects your commitment to all that happens here

You keep Canterbury School and our Cavaliers moving forward when you donate to the Canterbury Fund. We count on Canterbury parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, trustees, faculty, staff and friends to invest in our students’ futures. Your Canterbury Fund gift helps create, sustain and grow the Canterbury community by enhancing the countless opportunities for Canterbury students.

Boost your gift and join the 110% Club

Returning donors who contribute 100% of their last gift plus an additional 10% are part of the 110% Club. Last year, 342 donors were members of the 110% Club, resulting in an additional $80,493 of support for our students and programs.

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To the Canterbury Community:

Thank you so much to everyone who worked to support Canterbury in so many ways during the past academic year - through participation in the Canterbury Fund, Laughing Cavalier, by volunteering at one of our school events, participating in Parent Association Activities, or by helping out with carpool and cafeteria duty! I continue to be so inspired by the level of commitment and engagement by all members of the school community.

The 2016-2017 academic year was quite successful from the standpoint of philanthropic support. The results of the Canterbury Fund - nearly $600,000 - and our Laughing Cavalier event - over $235,000 - represented nearly $850,000 in additional funding from parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, friends, faculty, Trustees and Foundation members to enhance so many aspects of the Canterbury experience.

This generous level of support is vital to the enhancement of Canterbury’s various programs for the benefit of each one of our students. Such generosity allows us the flexibility to say “Yes!” to additional materials and resources, extra sections of courses to respond to student interest and demand, and more opportunities for professional growth for our talented faculty. I sincerely thank you for the tremendous impact you have had on the daily experience.

Participation among various segments of the school community is very strong. Complementing participation rates of 100% for our full time faculty and our Board of Trustees, 75% of our parents participated in the Canterbury Fund, sending a strong message of commitment to the mission of the school, and the excellent work of our faculty and staff in helping our students become the best individuals they can be. Of course, our goal is always to increase the percentage of families engaged in the Canterbury Fund as much as possible. With the impressive level of giving demonstrated this past years, it is exciting to imagine the potential benefits to our students and programs that could be unlocked if we are able to achieve an overall parent participation rate of 85% in the 2017-2018 academic year! Please join us in celebrating Canterbury’s 40th anniversary this year to make this goal.

Finally, Canterbury has also benefited from the generous support of our alumni: their 16% participation rate is an uncommonly high level of engagement for alumni of a school that is not a boarding school. We are always seeking to encourage the continued connection of our alumni to the broader school community, and in the coming years hope to extend those ever strengthening connections to our parents of alumni, whose dedication to Canterbury during their years at the school has been instrumental in positioning us as favorably as we are today. In these efforts, we are greatly advantaged by our relative youth as a school community, which lends itself very well to connecting the successes of our past and the possibilities of our future.

To everyone who gave of themselves to Canterbury in whatever way this past year, my heartfelt thanks. To the entire, extended Canterbury Community, my sincere hope that you join us in these efforts in the coming year.

Kind Regards,

Bill Ennist
Head of School


By supporting the operating budget, the Canterbury Fund supports the educational experience of every Canterbury student.

These funds are allocated to the most critical needs at all grade levels throughout the year in which they are pledged and paid.

The consistent support of the Canterbury Fund each year is a remarkable statement of the commitment to Canterbury by Board members, parents, grandparents, faculty, alumni, parents of alumni and friends. Participation is crucial to success and we'd like to thank everyone for taking responsibility for their role in the effort.

  • Founder's Club $20,000+
  • Canterbury Club $15,000+
  • Head of School Club $10,000+
  • Benefactors $7,500+
  • Patrons $5,000+
  • Leadership Club $3,000+
  • Cavaliers $1,000+
  • Contributors Up to $999

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


Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to Canterbury. We offer a variety of convenient ways to give with online gifts and online pledges to the Canterbury Fund and also through planned giving and endowments.

Use the Online Giving Form to make an immediate and direct contribution to the Canterbury Fund. The form is secure and all information is confidential. Gifts by Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted online. You may also call 260-436-8786 to make a credit card gift by phone.

Gifts of cash are the most common form of support. Checks should be made payable to Canterbury School and sent directly to:

Business Office
Canterbury School
3210 Smith Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Instead of making an immediate gift, you may pledge a gift to the annual fund and make your gift at a later date. A pledge to The Canterbury Fund is a promise to give a gift of a specific amount by June 30. Click here to make a pledge online. You may also make a pledge via regular mail, e-mail or phone.

Frequently, the most economical way to give – when one calculates the added tax savings – is to make a gift of appreciated securities that you have held for more than one year.

Many corporations have matching gift programs for their employees and retirees who support nonprofit organizations, including Canterbury School. Check with your human resource department and ask for a matching gift form. Simply compete the employee’s section, enclose it with your gift, and we will do the rest.

Canterbury welcomes items of tangible personal property that can be used in one of the school’s programs. Donors can receive a charitable deduction for the item’s market value.

There are several types of gifts designed to support the school at some point in the future, such as naming the school as a beneficiary in one’s will. Click on Planned Giving for more information about the most popular types of planned gifts.