Owl Fund

The Orchard School will kick off Philanthropy Week 2023 with Founders Day on Monday, October 2, and conclude with our annual Fall Festival, sponsored by the Parents’ Association, on Friday, October 6. We invite all members of the Orchard community to please join us as we go all in for Orchard and make our commitment to connections within the community during the 2023-2024 school year! With each connection made and each commitment fulfilled, our community continues to strengthen and thrive and the experience for our students and families grows more meaningful.

Please consider how you might support our beloved school in a variety of ways this year such as:

  • participating in community events like Fall Festival, Trivia Night, and the Pancake Breakfast
  • volunteering in the classroom or getting involved with our Parents’ Association
  • sharing your stories and staying connected as a member of the Alumni Heritage Association (did you know the AHA isn’t just for alumni? Past parents, retired faculty and staff, and friends of Orchard are also invited and welcome!)
  • supporting our students and faculty with your annual gift to the Owl Fund
  • sharing your love for Orchard with prospective families and members of the broader community
  • celebrating with us at The Night Owl, Orchard’s annual auction and largest fundraiser

Truly, the possibilities are endless! Together, we are writing the history that will launch The Orchard School into the next 100 years. Thank you, in advance, for your commitment, your connection, and for embracing your important role as an active member in our community. Should you have any ideas to share or questions related to community involvement and giving at Orchard, please contact our Director of Development Sarah Edwards.
The Orchard School is a 501c3 organization. All contributions are tax deductible. 

Ways to Give

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    Gifts made by check or cash can be dropped off or mailed to The Orchard School care of Development Department. 

    The Orchard School's Mailing Address: 
    The Orchard School Owl Fund 
    615 W. 64th St. 
    Indianapolis, IN 46260

    Receive a 50% tax credit on your gift that offsets your Indiana state tax liability by participating in the SGO program. Find out more here.

    Avoid the capital-gains tax on increased value and receive a deduction for the full-market value of the stock when you make a gift. A contribution of stock form can be found here.  

    This offers enrollment into our Gordon H. Thompson Society and offers tax savings and benefits. We accept wills, life insurance, life-income gifts, charitable lead trusts and real estate. Please find our form and more information here.  

    Making a gift to the Owl Fund in honor or in memory of a loved one is an incredible way to pay tribute to them. Please contact the Development Team to inform us of your tribute -- or 317-251-9253.

    Your gift may be eligible for a matching gift, so please check with your employer to possibly double your gift. 

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  • 1922 SOCIETY

    The Orchard School, founded in 1922 by nine mothers, has honored the vision of its founders by offering a joyful learning environment grounded in experiential learning, curricular integration, ready access to the outdoors, and emphasis on the unique academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of each child.  The 1922 Society, established to recognize the school's founding year and to honor the nine mothers, is the Owl Fund's giving society that celebrates leadership donors who are committed to providing opportunities that are essential to advancing Orchard's mission. 

    Membership is based on cumulative gifts of $1,922 or more made during Orchard's fiscal year, July 1 - June 30.   Things to look forward to as part of this society:

    • Special membership gifts
    •  Owls' Nest discount
    • 1922 Society lunch with Head of School
    • Special recognition in the Almanac and The Orchard School website 
    • Special opportunities to participate in Orchard traditions, personalized tours, and special events throughout the year
    ...and more!
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: The Orchard School values diversity and seeks talented students. Orchard admits students of any race, color, national origin and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Orchard does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.