Give to Emerson

Join Us in a Culture of Giving

Your gifts help us fulfill our mission: providing our students with a rigorous and innovative education in a diverse community and inspiring them to lead lives of purpose and excellence.

Your Gift Matters!

Contributions to our Annual Fund help allows us to direct our budget to underwrite enhancements throughout our school, making it possible for us to offer an exceptional and creative learning environment that focuses on the whole child.

Emerson’s faculty, staff and Board of Trustees give to the Annual Fund and we count on every Emerson family to join us. What matters most is your participation. Each gift, no matter the size, makes an impact and our entire community benefits. Your contributions also help to fund the day to day ongoing needs. Additional funding helps support the areas of greatest need which ensures that our school operates seamlessly for the entire Emerson community.

We invite you to explore the many ways you can have a direct impact at Emerson. Please contact our Development Office to learn more about the Annual Fund, directed and designated giving, endowment, planned giving, leadership giving, memorial and honorary gifts, gifts of stock and more.

Thank you for changing the lives of Emerson students today and creating the leaders of tomorrow!

Make Your Annual Fund Gift or Pledge Now

Family of Funds - Directed Giving

You can direct your Annual Fund gift where it matters most to you. Make your gift unrestricted and it will be spread throughout the school where it’s needed most, or give it to one of the specific funds available below. With more than 300 students, supporting Emerson’s Annual Fund ensures that our school operates seamlessly for faculty, staff, students and their families. Thank you!

Annual Fund – Unrestricted Giving
Provides support where most needed within the Emerson operating budget.

Arts Fund
Inspires creativity by nurturing students and teachers in theater, visual arts and music.

Curriculum Fund
Enhances and enriches all elements of our integrated K-8 curriculum: classroom, global education, experiences and activities.

Financial Aid Fund
Enables us to enroll a talented and diverse student population who contribute to Emerson’s unique community.

Professional Development Fund
Empowers Emerson to attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff; offers them the opportunity for continued learning and professional development.

Tech and Innovation Fund
Boosts our capacity to integrate innovative and cutting edge technological initiatives throughout our campus.

Note: If contributions to a particular fund exceed the area’s need in that year’s operating budget, Emerson School retains the discretion to use directed funds to support the school’s general operations.

Why Independent Schools Budget For Gifts

Though it creates a gap between Emerson’s expenses and tuition revenues:

  • What would otherwise be part of tuition becomes a tax-deductible gift
  • It minimizes tuition fluctuations and keeps tuition affordable for the greatest number of families
  • It allows Emerson’s tuition to be accurately compared with all other independent schools, which also budget for annual giving
How to Give and Giving Options

Your gift to the Annual Fund can be a one-time or recurring contribution and can be made in your name, anonymously, or in honor/memory of other people and businesses. All gifts will be recognized in print and online in Emerson School’s Annual Report.

Give Online
Complete the Web form here to make your gift online.

Give by Mail or In Person
Pick up a reply card in Emerson’s office to accompany your credit card or check gift, then mail or drop it off.

Give Stock
A gift of appreciated securities may be an ideal way for you to support Emerson School, depending on your personal circumstances. As stock price increase, so do the taxes you owe on the long-term capital gain at the point of sale.  However, if you choose to make a gift of appreciated securities to a qualified charitable organization like Emerson, it can be advantageous to you in two ways:

  • You will avoid paying capital gains taxes on any increase in value—taxes owed when you sell any appreciated securities
  • You earn a federal income tax deduction based on the current fair market value of the securities, regardless of their original cost

You should consult with your financial advisor regarding the specific tax benefits of gifting securities. Please contact 734.665.5662, x312 or email for more information and/or questions about donating stock.

Give In-Kind Gifts
Emerson School is grateful to receive items and services as gifts-in-kind. To do so, please download and complete the form here. Gifts are tax-deductible and the IRS requires donors to indicate the value of all items donated.

NOTE: All gifts received before June 30 will be credited in the current fiscal year.


Endowment Gifts

If you prefer to make an endowed gift that will provide support for Emerson in perpetuity, please direct your gift to Emerson’s general Endowment Fund. Emerson’s endowment is managed by the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) and gifts can be made to Emerson School directly through AAACF’s website linked below.
+ Make a gift to Emerson’s endowment at the AAACF