The Annual Campaign
Each year Lincoln Academy depends on alumni, friends, businesses, and foundations to enable the exceptional range of courses and programs that serve the diverse needs of our students. We are grateful for everyone who contributes each year to the Annual Fund, as well as to special projects or campaigns throughout the year.
Mail your contribution to:
Lincoln Academy Community Engagement and Development Office
81 Academy Hill, Newcastle, ME 04553
- your name as you would like it to be reported in the Annual Report, published each fall in Aerie magazine
- your mailing address address
- your phone number
- if alumnus/a, your class year
- a note if you would like your gift to be unrestricted or designated for a specific program
Questions or Comments?
E-mail the Community Engagement and Development office or call 207-563-3596 ext. 2218 for information and inquiries.
Some Frequently Asked Questions about Philanthropy and LA:
Why does Lincoln Academy need to raise money every year?
The Maine State law determines the statewide Maximum Allowable Tuition (MAT) that Lincoln Academy and other town academies can invoice per student for towns participating in the school choice system. The MAT we accept from sending towns covers roughly 75% of our operating costs. About 85% of our operating budget goes to faculty and staff salaries.
The gap between the tuition that LA receives from towns and what the school spends on educating students is covered by a combination of fundraising including The Lincoln Academy Annual Fund, capital campaigns, and events and programming, including the Residential Program and Summer Programs.
What exactly is the Annual Fund?
Money raised through the Annual Fund goes directly into the Academy’s operating budget. It supports students and faculty, and is vital to the life of the school. It provides the funds necessary for daily operations, supporting a wide range of courses, extra-curricular activities, classroom materials, trips, technology updates, and more.
Who is asked to donate?
We encourage participation from everyone in the Lincoln Academy community, and hope that all constituents will choose to make a gift. Parents, trustees, faculty, alumni, grandparents, and community members are encouraged to participate.
How much should I give?
Giving is a personal decision. Some donors consider their gift an additional investment in their child’s education. For others, giving expresses their gratitude for the role Lincoln Academy has played in their own lives. Some give due to their deep belief in Lincoln Academy as a community anchor. Gifts to the Annual Fund start at $1, with many giving $100 and some giving at significantly higher rates.
Will even a small gift make a difference?
Absolutely. Every gift is appreciated and every gift counts. Meaningful gifts come in all sizes, depending on the ability of the donor to give. A modest but well-considered gift can inspire other donors to make a gift of their own, magnifying the impact for the school.
How can I contribute?
You can make a one-time gift, a gift in response to both our spring and fall appeals, or your can make a monthly recurring gift. You may pay by cash, check, credit card, or appreciated stock.
How will I be recognized for my gift?
Your name will be listed alphabetically within Annual Fund giving level in Aerie, Lincoln Academy’s alumni magazine. If you would like to remain anonymous please make a note with your contribution. We will acknowledge your donation with a thank you letter which also serves as a receipt for tax purposes.