Giving FAQs

Ways to Give

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Can I use a credit card?

    We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Please note that Lowell is charged a processing fee of 3% of your gift.
  • How should the check be made out?

    Make the check out to Lowell School and mail it to:

    Development Office
    Lowell School
    1640 Kalmia Road NW
    Washington, DC 20012
  • Can I give in installments?

    Yes! You can set up a regularly occurring credit card charge online by clicking the box next to “I would like to give my donation in installments” and choosing from the menu that then appears. From there, enter the amount to charge and then choose the frequency of the charge

    You may also set up automatic payments through your bank, payable to Lowell School. Please designate the fund to which you want to direct your gift (i.e., Annual Giving, Capital Campaign, Endowment, etc.).
  • Can I make a gift through the CFC?

    Yes! Contact Wendy McGrath, Director of Development, for more information.
  • Can I make a gift through United Way?

    Yes! Write in Lowell School for the United Way.
  • How do I make a gift of stock?

    View our instructions below for making gifts of securities to Lowell School.

Annual Fund

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • How are my contributions used?

    The Annual Fund provides essential, unrestricted funds for the current annual operating budget of the school and supports:
    • Competitive salaries and benefits for the skilled and dedicated teachers required to deliver Lowell’s unique program
    • An innovative curriculum with integrated arts and physical education programs
    • A low student-to-teacher ratio
    • A financial assistance budget of $1,754,732 to support the school’s financial diversity
    • An adult-rich environment including language arts and math resource specialists, a director of diversity, a school counselor, a director of student support services, and a full-time nurse
    • Up-to-date technology integrated into the curriculum
    • Maintenance and reinvestment in our spacious, curriculum-enhancing campus
  • How much should I give?

    As much as you can!

    We hope that every family with a child at Lowell will make the school a priority in their charitable giving. Lowell is a financially diverse community whose donors give at all levels. Gifts to the Annual Fund typically range from $5 to $30,000. All gifts are welcomed, and everyone is urged to give as generously as possible.
  • Is there any point in giving if I can only give a small amount?

    Yes! Small gifts make a statement that you care about Lowell and its mission and that you want to be counted among its supporters. High participation percentages demonstrate to lenders and other funding sources the strength of our families’ commitment to the school. 
  • How is my gift recognized?

    Donations are recognized in the following giving categories in the Annual Report.

    Giving Categories
    Dream Catchers$20,000 and up
    Stargazers$15,000 - $19,000
    Rainmakers$10,000 - $14,999
    Tree Tenders$5,000 - $9,999
    Bridge Builders$3,000 - $4,999
    Stream Keepers$1,000 - $2,999
    Garden Growers$500 - $999
    Seed SowersUp to $499

    Every gift is acknowledged with a letter of gratitude from Debbie Gibbs; this letter also serves as a receipt for tax purposes. Lowell is proud of its historically high rate of participation by current parents, consistently above 90%, and 100% participation from faculty, staff, and trustees.
  • How can I make a gift to the Annual Fund?

    You may make a gift:
    • With cash
    • By sending a check made out to Lowell School to the attention of the Development Office
    • Online, paying with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express
    • With appreciated securities
  • What if I can't make a gift right now? What if I can make a larger gift if I wait until later in the year?

    The sooner the school knows your charitable intentions, the better. You have until June 1 to pay your pledge in full, although many people try to make their tax-deductible gift by the end of the tax year on December 31. After you receive your Annual Fund appeal, please fill out a pledge envelope and send it to the attention of the Development Office as soon as possible.
  • What is the Phonathon?

    Each year in the fall, a group of volunteer parents spends an evening calling other parents to ask them to make a gift to the Annual Fund. Class Captains strive to achieve 100% participation in their classes.
  • What is the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund is money raised from current parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, current and former faculty and staff, foundations, and friends to support the school’s most pressing needs. The Annual Fund increases the breadth of opportunities available to our children, support teacher salaries and professional development, provide the school with flexibility to respond to interest in new programs and technology, and ensure our commitment to financial assistance.

    Like virtually all independent schools, Lowell deliberately sets tuition below the actual cost of educating each student. Tax-deductible gifts to Annual Giving help keep tuition within reach of more families, allowing all families to benefit from the richness of our diverse community. The Annual Fund is a fundraising campaign each year, which directly supports the current year’s operating budget and is the most important way the school fills the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Lowell education. Unlike tuition, gifts to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible.
  • What is the "gap"?

    The gap is the difference between tuition and the actual cost of educating each child. The Annual Fund is the most important source of non-tuition funds and contributes approximately 5% of the budget each year. Income from Summer Camp, other auxiliary activities, facilities rentals, transfers from the endowment, and investment income also help fill the gap.
  • Do you accept matching gifts?

    Yes! Many companies match employee and retiree charitable contributions. Please check with your employer to find out if your Annual Fund contribution to Lowell can be doubled or even tripled in value.

Campaigns + Major Gifts

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the difference between Annual Giving, a capital or endowment campaign, and a major gift?

    Contributions to the Annual Fund are used to pay expenses in this year's operating budget. In contrast, the purpose of the capital campaigns is to raise funds for longer-term goals relating to special programs, building projects, or the endowment. Gifts to capital and endowment campaigns are typically larger than those to the Annual Fund and are often pledged over a three- to five-year period. A major gift is a tax-deductible investment in the future of a school of $25,000 or more, often for an item already on the school's wish list.
  • Is there a capital or endowment campaign this year?

    No. Our most recent campaign was Building on Success, a capital campaign to renovate and expand Parkside Building. This campaign, completed in August of 2014, helped Lowell to enrich its program for all students and provide the Middle School with an inspiring 21st century learning environment of its own.
1640 Kalmia Road NW
Washington, DC  20012
202-577-2000