What is the CA Fund?

The CA Fund is Cary Academy's annual fund.

As with most independent schools, there is a gap between the revenue generated from tuition and the actual cost to educate students. The CA Fund allows us to subsidize every student's tuition. 

For the 2018-19 year, the gap between expense and tuition revenue is 17% or $4,675 per student. You can help us bridge the gap. 

Why not just raise tuition to fill this gap?
It might outprice Cary Academy for many families and lessen our diverse community. In addition, tuition is not tax-deductible. Gifts to the CA Fund are, which translates to a benefit for our families.

Is every family required to contribute the entire “gap amount’ for each of their children attending CA?
No, each family is asked to give what they can. Many gifts are below the gap amount, but many are above.


The CA Fund...

  • touches every student, every day by enhancing the educational experience by enabling signature programming.  

  • raises unrestricted dollars above and beyond annual operating experiences to fund campus innovation.

  • asks that all of the CA community participate at a level that is appropriate to their own family’s circumstances. High participation is crucial when we request support, such as grants, from outside organizations.  

  • supports the PTAA’s budget, enabling important community-building programming. 


Giving opportunities  

Founders' Circle

$10,000 and above

Charter Club

$5,000 - $9,999

Blue and Gold Society

$2,500 - $4,999

One-Hour Donor

$1,200 - $2,499


$1,000 - $1,199


$500 - $999




Up to $249


Leadership Circle giving clubs

One-Hour Donor and above
includes Leadership Circle updates from the Head of School and invitation to the CA Fund's annual recognition event.

Blue & Gold Society and above
includes One-Hour Donor and above benefits plus an invitation to a special event featuring student initiatives and time with faculty.

Founders’ Circle
includes all above benefits and a dinner with the Cary Academy Founders.

Robin & Brett Dorfman
CA Fund co-chairs and parents

2018-2019 CA Fund brochure



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