Giving to Key


The Key School depends on charitable gifts to sustain its strong academic curriculum, enhance its teaching facilities and strengthen its financial resources.

The cost of an independent school education is such that tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of educating each student. In fact, tuition funding only covers 91% of the cost of a Key School education.

As is the case with many other schools, our advancement efforts are designed to solicit charitable gifts to support the actual cost of operating an independent school. The financial support of current parents, faculty and staff, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, and other friends of Key makes it possible for Key to provide a state-of-the-art educational experience for our students.

There are a number of ways for you to support The Key School:


Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund provide vital operating support for the people, programs and facilities that benefit Key students. The Annual Fund helps cover the gap between tuition income and operating expenses. With this philanthropic support, the School can provide the resources that help create an exceptional educational experience for its students.

Marcella Yedid Endowment

T he Board of Trustees established the Marcella Yedid Endowment in support of faculty and staff salaries, benefits and professional development in the Spring of 2014. A lasting tribute to honor Key's longest tenured Head of School, this Endowment will serve to support two of the priorities Marcella held most dear; Key's faculty and staff and the School's financial stability.

Fusco Athletic Park

The Key School finalized its purchase of Fusco Athletic Park, the seventy acre parcel of land formerly known as the Annapolis Golf Club on August 13, 2013. The most recent site development plan for Fusco Athletic Park includes three athletic fields, eight tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a 1.7 mile nature trail, a pool, and attendant support structures including a maintenance facility. Approximately 44 acres will remain undisturbed. Enthusiasm grows as the School continues to envision the myriad benefits of this historic acquisition.


Starting with a small Endowment of $300,000 in 1999, Key began to focus its attention on the importance of a strengthened Endowment, which over time would support the School's operating budget, off-setting tuition reliance. Today, the Endowment is over $10 million. Aside from accepting gifts for Key's General Endowment, there are a number of Named Endowed Funds that donors may choose to support as well.

Engraved Brick Pavers

Purchase a personalized brick for the Founders' Walk to honor a student, a teacher, a family member, an alumnus/a, a loved one, or to recognize your own support of Key. All proceeds from Engraved Brick Pavers goes to support Key's Endowment.

The Legacy Society

T he Legacy Society was founded to distinguish and celebrate those within the Key community who have provided for the School in their estate plans. By remembering the School in your estate plans, you can make a significant impact on the future of the School. As a member of the Legacy Society you extend to a grateful School community the opportunity to celebrate, in your lifetime, a gift that will ensure the longevity of Key’s tradition and values.

Senior Parents' and Grandparents' Gift

Started by parents of the Class of 2001, the Senior Parents' and Grandparents' Gift is an annual tradition in which parents and grandparents of graduating seniors make a gift to Key's Endowment to show appreciation for the Key mission and gratitude for the impact that it has had on Key graduates. A special brick is placed in the Founders' Walk to recognize this gift every year.