Why It Matters

As part of our commitment to making a Harbor education available to qualified students regardless of financial circumstances, the Board of Trustees works to minimize tuition increases. Furthermore, as with most independent schools across the country, tuition revenue alone does not cover the cost of a Harbor education. The Harbor School relies on the generosity of our families –parents, past and present, grandparents, and other friends to augment tuition income by supporting our fundraising activities.


Ways to Support

Without this generous financial support, The Harbor School would not be able to maintain our small class sizes, recruit and retain excellent teachers and provide an enriching academic environment. Your tax-deductible contributions to the Harbor Fund support our arts, technology and library programs, as well as curriculum enhancements, facility upgrades, and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Every year, the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee organizes our Harbor Annual Fund drive.

The Harbor Fund

Your tax-deductible contributions to the Harbor Fund support our arts, technology and library programs, as well as curriculum enhancements, facility upgrades, and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff– it’s what allows us to continue to offer the experiences that translate into the stories our children excitedly share and the projects that they are proud to display.

Whether you are a member of The Harbor School community or a supportive member of our broader community, we invite you to join us as we aim to reach our goals.

Your Unique Contribution
Donation Every dollar is meaningful!
Donation + Time Parents are encouraged to volunteer!
Donation + TalentContribute tech, design, or other services.
Donation + MatchCheck to see if your workplace will match your contribution.
Donation + SponsorshipOwn a business? Consider supporting an upcoming community event.
The Harbor Relocation Fund

The Harbor Relocation Fund has been established to support our move to a new location in Potomac. Funds will be used for moving costs, technology upgrades, painting and improvements, marketing, and other costs associated with our move. In this pivotal time in Harbor’s history, support for our move to our new home is needed and greatly appreciated!


Contribute to the Relocation Fund:

Dr. Kendra Sun-Alperin served as The Harbor School’s Head of School for three very short, but remarkable years. Our Harbor community suffered a heartbreaking loss on September 2, 2017, when Kendra passed away after a brave battle with breast cancer.

As a classroom teacher, a mentor, and our Head of School, we will always remember Kendra as having an infectious passion for influencing and shaping the success of young learners.

We are deeply honored that Kendra’s family and the Board of Trustees have created an annual award at The Harbor School in her memory.

The Kendra Sun-Alperin Sunshine Award focuses on an issue near and dear to Kendra’s heart–the idea of a “lifetime of learning.” This annual award will allow one of our faculty or staff members to pursue an extraordinary professional development opportunity that will benefit the school community.

The Sunshine Award is seeded with the generosity of Kendra’s family; it is our hope that the Harbor community will enthusiastically contribute as well, appreciating fully the value to us all.

Support the Sunshine Award:


The Harbor Annual Auction

The Harbor Annual Auction is the major fundraising and social event of the year at The Harbor School. The evening includes silent and live auctions, raffles, and mingling with friends. Put on by PA volunteers, the Auction provides a lively and fun venue in which to raise funds for The Harbor School.


How to Give

Gifts of Cash

Please make checks payable to The Harbor School. Checks should be directed to the attention of the Business Office. Please send to: 11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Matching gifts

Companies often sponsor matching gift programs that enhance their employees’ charitable contributions. When gifts are made, Harbor benefits from the increased donation and the donor often qualifies for a higher giving level. Matching gift forms can be obtained from the employer’s human resources department. A copy of the form should be submitted along with the employee’s contribution.

Gifts of Securities

An outright gift of appreciated securities held for more than one year entitles the donor to an income tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities. In addition, the donor may avoid a capital gains tax. The tax deduction is the price of the stock on the date of its transfer to Harbor’s account. To donate securities, you will need a Gift of Securities Form, which we can provide.

Please contact Dana Riley.

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