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.

ONLINE GIVING

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.

CASH, CHECK OR STOCK

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.

MAKE A PLEDGE

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

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

Click here to learn more about Planned Giving.

ENDOWMENT GIFTS

Each year, donors provide endowment gifts to help secure Canterbury’s financial future while endowing a favorite program or honoring a loved one's memory. The principal of each endowed gift is preserved while its earnings provide annual support and moderate the pressure on tuition in future years. Canterbury's endowment is prudently managed by the Canterbury Foundation on behalf of the school.

The school is grateful to the many members of the Canterbury community who have given endowed gifts – no matter the size – or who have established named funds to provide financial aid, support academic opportunities, and program excellence, or who have established scholarship funds.

You can contribute a tribute gift and specify its allocation on the Tribute & Endowed Gifts page.

  • Bierman/Lepore Scholarship Fund: Established in 2003 by Holly and Gil Bierman in memory of their parents, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Borne Library Fund: Established in 1999 by the Borne family to support the Canterbury libraries.
  • Cast Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 2007 by the Cast family to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Chapel Guest Speakers’ Fund: Established in 2017 by the family of Michael and Kathryn Parrott to provide financial support to strengthen the Chapel experience for all Canterbury students. 
  • Drake Steffen Goetz Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 2017 by the Goetz family and friends in memory of Drake Goetz ’20 to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury high school students.
  • Jonathan Hancock Lecture Series Fund: Established to support on-going professional development among the Canterbury and greater Fort Wayne communities.
  • Ian Michael Hatch and Lindsay Katherine Hatch Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 2003 by Steve Hatch and friends in memory of Ian and Lindsay Hatch and their mother, Julie, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Michelle Rousseff-Kemp Scholarship Fund: Established in 2008 by Jonathon Markoff in honor of his mother, Michelle Rousseff-Kemp, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.  
  • Markoff Library Fund: Established in 1999 by Michelle Rousseff-Kemp in honor of her children, Jonathon Markoff ’90, Katrina Markoff ’91 and Natalie Markoff ’94, to support the Canterbury libraries.
  • McMillen Foundation Scholarship Fund: Established in 1998 by the McMillen Foundation to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Moyle Family Technology Fund: Established in 1998 by the Moyle family to support the school’s expanding use of technology.
  • Scott T. Niemann Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 2004 by the Niemann family and friends in memory of Scott Niemann, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Odyssey Program Fund: Established in 2009 to provide qualified high school students with monetary allowances for travel outside of the United States in order to pursue study in languages, social studies, science and music.
  • Daniel L. Paflas Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 1999 by the Paflas family and friends in memory of Dan Paflas, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Janet W. Paflas Scholarship Fund: Established in 2007 by members of the Cast and Paflas families in honor of Jan Paflas, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Parrott Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 2006 by the Parrott family to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Robertson Educational Technology Fund: Established in 1998 by the Robertson family to support the school’s expanding use of technology.
  • Rolland Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 2007 by the Rolland family to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Sengstack Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 2010 by the Sengstack family to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • William E. Spindler II Scholarship Fund: Established in 2014 by the Spindler family and friends in memory of Billy Spindler to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury high school students who are members of the Spindler House.
  • Stewart Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 2007 by the Stewart family to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Thomas B. Summers Memorial Scholarship Fund: Established in 2004 by Kathy Summers in memory of her husband, Tom Summers, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Waterfield Art Department Fund: Established in 1998 by members of the Waterfield family in support of the High School art department.
  • Waterfield Family Scholarship Fund: Established in 1998 by members of the Waterfield family to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students.
  • Waterfield Family Summer Grant Fund: Established in 1998 by members of the Waterfield family to support faculty professional development.
  • Patricia A. Wilson Fine Arts Scholarship Fund: Established in 2010 by the Wilson family and friends in memory of Patricia Wilson, to provide financial support for deserving Canterbury students with a demonstrated interest and potential in the fine arts.

IRA GIFTS

Canterbury School donors who are 70.5 or older are eligible to make tax-free donations from their IRAs, known as Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD), regardless of whether they itemize on their tax returns.

Click here to learn more about IRA Gifts.

TRIBUTE GIFTS

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 & Endowed Gifts page.

MATCHING GIFTS

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.

IN-KIND GIFTS

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.

REWARDS PROGRAMS

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.

PURCHASING A BOOK: A MIGHTY SPIRIT

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.

VOLUNTEER

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
$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+

Blue and White Club
Up to $999

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

Want to make a bigger impact?

Receive a state tax credit valued at 50% of your gift when you double or even triple your gift for a similar out-of-pocket cost.

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Are you 70.5 or older?

If you are 70.5 or older and have an IRA, give to the Canterbury Fund directly from your IRA tax-free!

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