Hotchkiss - Taft Day 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Hotchkiss Taft Challenge!
Results will be posted soon.

The Hotchkiss Fund and The Parents Fund Campaign Progress

The 2019-2020 fiscal year ends on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 


Goal: $5,850,000 by June 30, 2020
Actual: $1,874,126 as of November 15, 2019


Goal:  $3,575,000 by June 30, 2020
Actual: $1,123,340 as of  November 15,  2019


Goal: 40% by June 30, 2020
Actual: 8% as of  November 15, 2019


Goal: $1,800,000 by June 30, 2020
Actual: $649,780 as of  November 15, 2019


Goal: 100% by June 30, 2020
Actual: 30% as of  November 15, 2019

Seeking Better Paths | Appeal Header Image

Moniti Meliora Sequamur.  “Guided by each other; let us seek better paths.”
This motto permeates all aspects of School life for our community of students, faculty and staff. Your generosity is vital in supporting our students as they discover their own paths. Please consider joining generations of alumni, parents and friends, like those featured in the videos and testimonials below, with a gift to Hotchkiss.

The Hotchkiss Fund & Parents Fund

Your gifts to The Hotchkiss Fund and the Parents Fund are an investment in the School's students and teachers — and the impact they will have on their communities and the world. In addition to providing 11 percent of the operating budget, the Fund helps bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student. The Fund also supports day-to-day operations, ongoing maintenance, and faculty development, among other high-priority needs. Follow this link to make a gift online.

Capital Giving

A capital gift can have a far-reaching impact on the life of the School. Donors who wish to support a specific aspect of Hotchkiss with a capital gift may contribute to any of the following initiatives established by the head of school and the board of trustees:

Planned Giving

When making long-term financial arrangements, consider making Hotchkiss part of your legacy. Click here to learn about planned giving options.

For more information, please contact Director of Advancement Services and Stewardship Douglas McCarthy at (860) 435-3759.


Why We Give

Seeking to Make a Difference


Ed Greenberg ’55

Ed Greenberg ’55
Past President, The Hotchkiss Alumni Association

I have steadily contributed to The Hotchkiss Fund since graduating in 1955 to express my appreciation for the excellent education I received. Hotchkiss is doing a first-rate job of keeping up with its mission and is totally deserving of a significant portion of my annual charitable giving. Hotchkiss is making a difference, and I want to be part of that for as long as possible.

Seeking Lifelong Connections and Friendships


Francis Atuahene ’15

Francis Atuahene ’15
2018 Major League Soccer draft pick for FC Dallas

It’s been a very long journey from the Right to Dream program in Ghana to Hotchkiss, and then to the University of Michigan. I want to thank Hotchkiss for giving me an incredible education. I am grateful for the faculty, coaching staff, my buddies, and all of the amazing relationships I formed in Lakeville.

Seeking to inspire passion in others


Photo of Kaitlyn “Kait” Perrelle Leonard  ’06

Kaitlyn “Kait” Perrelle Leonard  ’06
Assistant Director of Admission, Head Coach Varsity Field Hockey

For me, it’s really about giving back to the place that sparked my passion for a career in coaching and working with young people. The excellent education and indescribable excitement that exists at Hotchkiss were so important to my success. I know that the opportunities that I found as a student here would not have been possible without the support of others. I want to help our students become confident individuals as they discover their own paths to the success they seek.

Seeking to make an impact


Photo of John “Rusty” Chandler '53

John “Rusty” Chandler ’53, P’82,’85,’87, GP’10,’14,’16
Trustee Emeritus,10th Head of School, Class and Reunion Agent

I am a firm believer in the quote: ‘To those whom much has been given, much is expected.’ Looking back over my 60 years as a beneficiary of this extraordinary education, I have always felt a strong obligation to support the School annually and have encouraged my classmates to do the same. Financial support from alumni has been the single most important factor in keeping Hotchkiss at the forefront of secondary schools in this country.

Ways to Give

Online Giving

To make a secure gift online, please follow this link to online giving. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Giving Societies

Charitable giving allows Hotchkiss to continue providing an outstanding education.

Minerva Council
$100,000 or more

Head of School’s Council
$50,000 - $99,999

Leadership Council
$25,000 - $49,999

Maria Hotchkiss Society
$10,000 - $24,999

St. Luke’s Society
$5,000 - $9,999

The 1891 Society
$1,891 - $4,999

1st - 5th Reunion

$250 - $4,999

6th – 10th Reunion

$500 - $4,999

Blue & White Society
up to $1,890

Cash and Credit Cards

Make checks payable to "The Hotchkiss Fund." Please include your name and class year or parent year on your check, and mail it to:

The Hotchkiss School
Alumni and Development Office —
The Hotchkiss Fund
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039-2141

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover may also be used for making your contribution online, by phone, or by mail. Your gift will be credited on the day your card is charged.

To wire cash directly to the School's bank, please contact Jennifer Oberto, Gift Manager, at (860) 435-3132.


Matching Gifts

Help Hotchkiss receive double or even triple the amount of your gift, at no additional cost to you! Many companies match contributions to independent schools from employees or employees' spouses. Search for your company name to learn their specific guidelines for matching gifts. Some company matching gifts forms are available directly from this link. Otherwise, contact your personnel office for the appropriate form. Please mail your company's matching gift form to:
Jennifer Oberto, Gift Manager
The Hotchkiss School
11 Interlaken Road
Lakeville, CT 06039-0800
Hotchkiss’s Tax Identification Number is 06-0647018

Memorial Gifts

Each year, Hotchkiss receives many gifts in memory of alumni, students, parents, and other friends of the School. When memorial gifts are received, the Development Office notifies the deceased's family.

Class of 2020 Senior Parents Gift

It is a tradition for Senior parents to join in funding a special project to celebrate their Hotchkiss graduate, in addition to their Parents Fund support.
Follow this link to to learn about this year’s project and to make a gift or pledge to the Senior Parents Gift and The Parents Fund.