What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund addresses current student needs by providing resources that will immediately
enrich their learning environment. The Annual Fund is made up of donations from current parents, past parents, staff and alumni. Annual giving funds are unique because they meet needs we cannot foresee in our budget planning.
At The York School, we take advantage of the opportunities around us in this great city, and we pride ourselves on being progressive in our approach to education. The Annual Fund allows us to be nimble and to address the needs of our staff and students as they happen
. Most Annual Fund requests come directly from teachers in the classroom, often to support student initiatives. Donations from the Annual Fund have an immediate and relevant impact on the student experience.
How are the funds allocated?
There is an Annual Fund Request Form on Yorknet where staff can apply for support at any time. The form is sent to the Director of Advancement and then presented to the Executive Committee for approval. Examples of impact areas include:
Experts in the Classroom – access to specialized professionals and guest speakers for classes throughout the entire school provide diversity of opinion, expert input and inspiring exposure for the students.
Cutting-Edge Technology – as an industry leader in integrated technology, we are always enhancing the equipment, systems and processes we use to enrich our students’ learning.
Global Experiences – we continually expose our students to ideas on an international scale through workshops, presentations, experiences and curricular enhancements that advance understanding of global issues.
Innovative Teaching – we invest constantly in the ongoing education and professional development of our faculty to ensure that they offer the most effective and engaging learning experiences possible for our students.
Expanded Athletic Offerings – we aim to bring in more community coaches, purchase new equipment and uniforms, host conferences and arrange for athletics speakers to enrich the programme and ensure the variety of experiences that defines The York School.
Recent Annual Fund initiatives include:
New A/V set up in the Junior School gymnasium
IB Diploma offsite retreat
Teachers attending the Google Apps for Education Summit
Chromebooks for Grade 6
Groovy music software for the Junior School
Hosting National CAIS Basketball Tournament
Launch of a GirlTech Coding Club at the Senior School (STEM)
iPads for Teachers
Guest Speakers and seminars ie. Alison McNeill, former Team Canada Basketball Women’s Head Coach