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Giving to Commonwealth School

What does it mean, and where does it go? 


Commonwealth School relies on the generosity of alumni/ae, parents, and friends.

Thank you for helping to make the Commonwealth experience possible by considering a gift to

The Power of a Vision: a Campaign for Commonwealth.

Commonwealth's annual operating budget is funded from three sources:

  • Tuition income (78%)

  • The Commonwealth Fund (12%)

  • Earnings from the school's endowment (10%)


The Commonwealth Fund provides immediate, direct funding for the School's day-to-day operations. 

The Power of a Vision: a Campaign for Commonwealth is an investment in the future. By providing endowed support for financial aid and faculty compensation, and by securing our Boston home through support for much-needed renovations, this campaign will ensure Mr. Merrill's vision for the school carries forward for years to come.


What is the endowment? 

The Commonwealth School endowment consists of a founding contribution by the Merrill Foundation made in 1981 and additional donations from two of the School's three major capital campaigns. Funds are invested, managed, and closely monitored by the School's Investment Committee, and a portion of the earnings are directed each year toward the school's annual operating expenses.

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