Canterbury Fund

As a school community we have so much for which to be grateful.

And we have opportunities to express that gratitude, and to extend to others the Canterbury experience. Great teachers, good friends, lifelong lessons and habits of learning, all are lasting gifts of fine school days at Canterbury. They are gifts worth preserving and opportunities worth sharing.

A challenging college preparatory curriculum, small classes, an engaged and committed faculty, character development, a quality fine arts program, a broad and all-inclusive athletics program – these are the things that we value and that your gifts support.

As at most independent schools, tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of a Canterbury education. Since the school’s founding, we have relied on philanthropic gifts from throughout the Canterbury community to sustain and grow nearly every aspect of school life. Each gift, regardless of amount, is greatly appreciated.

As always, thank you for your support as we continue to execute and teach excellence at Canterbury School.

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.

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To the Canterbury Community:

I begin my time as Head of School at Canterbury as we emerge from a historic year of commitment to enhancing our students’ educational experiences! I am so pleased to pick up the reins of leadership at a school that enjoys such a solid foundation of support from such a broad cross-section of our school community.

The 2015-2016 academic year was incredibly successful from the standpoint of philanthropic support. We posted a record total for the Canterbury Fund – over $650,000 – and the largest Laughing Cavalier total in its history – over $325,000 – representing nearly $1 million in additional funding from parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, friends, faculty, trustees and Foundation members.

This generous level of support is vital to the enhancement of the Canterbury experience for each and every one of our students, allowing 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 am thrilled with the level of dedication to excellence demonstrated by so many of you through your gifts, and sincerely thank you on behalf of our students and faculty.

Participation among various segments of the school community is very strong. Complementing participation rates of 100 percent for our full time faculty and our Board of Trustees, 68 percent 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 year, it is exciting to imagine the potential benefits to our students and programs that could be unlocked if we were able to achieve participation rates in the 70-90 percent range over time! Please join us in the coming years to make this possibility a reality.

Finally, Canterbury has also benefitted from the generous support of our alumni: their 16 percent participation rate is an uncommonly high level of engagement for alumni in 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 participated in our fundraising efforts 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


Online Gift

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 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

Credit Card

Gifts by Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Call 260-436-8786 to make a credit card gift by phone, or click here to give online securely.


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.

Matching Gifts

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.

Planned Gifts

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.


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 $10,000+
  • Canterbury Club $7,500+
  • Headmaster's Club $6,000+
  • Benefactors $5,000+
  • Patrons $3,000+
  • Friends of Canterbury $1,500+
  • Cavaliers $750+
  • Contributors Up to $750

Gifts of $3,000 or more are designated as "Leadership Gifts" for the Canterbury Fund.


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