The Hawken Fund

The Hawken Fund provides mission-critical support beyond tuition revenue, totaling 5 to 6 percent of the operating budget each year. Its beauty lies in its extraordinary flexibility, enabling us to address our most pressing needs and seize new opportunities as they arise.
Your gift allows faculty to engage in meaningful teaching and launches innovative pedagogical approaches with far-reaching impact. Your gift is an investment in our students’ futures, helping turn the aspirations they have today into the achievements they will celebrate tomorrow.

Hawken Fund Giving Levels

James A. Hawken Society
Bolton Hall Associates   $25,000 and above
Ireland Hall Associates   $10,000 - $24,999
Lincoln Hall Associates   $5,000 - $9,999
White House Associates   $2,500 - $4,999
Additional Recognition Societies
1915 Associates   $1,000 - $2,499
Chapel Associates    $500 - $999
Red & Gray Associates   $250 - $499
Young Alumni Society (Class of 2005 to 2019)
Leadership Gifts   $250 and above
Fair Play Club   $200 - $249
AffNo Club    $100 - $199
Hawk Club   $50 - $99

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q:
    What is the Hawken Fund?

    The Hawken Fund is our annual school fundraiser. Alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends come together to demonstrate their commitment to Hawken’s mission by making a gift to the Hawken Fund.

    Every year, the Hawken Fund is the School’s top fundraising priority.
  • Q:
    Where does Hawken Fund money go?

    The Hawken Fund helps to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the true cost of a Hawken education. This chart shows the revenue source for Hawken’s budget.

    Hawken is no different from all independent schools and universities in asking for philanthropic support in addition to tuition. Gifts to the Hawken Fund support the people and programs that make Hawken so special – talented faculty, small class sizes, technology, etc.

    The Hawken experience is distinctive due to its emphasis on experiential and project-based learning. For example, students meaningfully engage with the real world during Passion Project time in the Lower School, Doorways trips and Insights Week in the Middle School, and through Intensives in the Upper School. Unique learning opportunities like these come at a cost – part of which parents are charged in tuition. Tuition revenue covers 75% of Hawken’s operating expenses. Philanthropic support of the School, including support of the Hawken Fund, helps to bridge the budget gap every year.

    The Hawken Fund enhances the Hawken experience by supporting

    • Innovative educational programming
    • Tuition assistance
    • Co-curricular activities like the arts and athletics
    • Faculty salaries and professional development
    • Facilities maintenance and improvements
    Additionally, Hawken Fund donors may choose to direct their gift to one of the following priorities:

    • General Academics
    • Science
    • Math
    • History
    • English
    • Humanities
    • Languages
    • PE & Health
    • Arts
    • Athletics
    • Intensives & Insights & Passion Project
    • College Counseling
    • Learning Enrichment/Academic Support
    • Faculty Professional Development
    • Financial Assistance
    • Technology
    • Greatest Need

  • Q:
    Why does participation matter?

    Annual giving is a strong tradition at Hawken, and with your participation, you’re part of something big. Every gift is both a symbol and a tangible vote of confidence in Hawken School. It enables the leadership of the School to move forward with plans for the year or to expand upon innovative programs.

    Many alumni share that they give back to Hawken out of gratitude for their own experiences at the School. Parents often choose to give because they want to enhance the educational opportunities for their children.

    Participation rates are also a factor used by foundations, corporations, and other friends of Hawken when determining grant awards. Thus, higher participation rates can potentially generate additional support for Hawken.
  • Q:
    How much am I expected to give?

    We hope that members of the Hawken community make the School a philanthropic priority. There’s no expected gift amount – we ask simply that you consider a gift that is personally meaningful and that makes sense for your family. Every year, every gift to the Hawken Fund matters and makes a difference for Hawken.
  • Q:
    How do I make a gift?

    Visit our Ways to Give page for information on the many ways you may contribute.
  • Q:
    I made a gift in June, but you asked me to give again in September. I thought this was an annual gift. Could you please explain?

    The fundraising schedule for the Hawken Fund coincides with Hawken’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. The gift you made in June counted toward the previous fiscal year. Gifts made after June 30 count toward the next fiscal year, which is why you were contacted again in the fall. Once an individual makes a gift or pledge, requests for financial support to the Hawken Fund stop for the remainder of that fiscal year.
  • Q:
    It seems like Hawken already has a lot of money. Will my gift really make a difference?

    Yes! The Hawken Fund is part of the School’s operating budget. It’s not extra funding; the Hawken Fund is needed every year. Hawken would need an additional $37 million in our endowment to equal the amount of money that comes from gifts to the Hawken Fund. The School relies upon gifts of all sizes to meet the needs of our students.

    Remember that participation is also a factor considered by foundations, corporations, and other friends of Hawken when determining grant awards. The percentage of our community that supports the School helps them gauge the strength of the School. Your gift of any size helps Hawken successfully pursue other funding opportunities.

Designate your gift:

College Counseling
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Justice
Faculty Professional Development
Financial Assistance
General academics
Greatest need
Intensives, Insights, & Passion Project
Learning Enrichment/Academic Support
PE & Health

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