Ways to Help

The high caliber of Friends' Central's student body, faculty, and facilities is made possible by the generosity and dedication of our community. Gifts from parents, alumni/ae, and friends support daily School operations as well as major projects. The School is tremendously grateful to all who have given so generously. These gifts enable us to fulfill our mission as a leader among independent and Quaker Schools.

People give to Friends' Central in many ways. Each year, we depend on gifts to the Friends’ Central Fund to support the day-to-day operations of the School. For nearly 2,000 people, gifts to the Friends’ Central Fund are a tangible way to affirm their loyalty and commitment to Friends' Central School. For capital projects, like the Fannie Cox Center and the Shimada Athletic Center, and to create endowment, we rely on larger gifts that are often pledged over a number of years. Planned, or estate gifts from alumni/ae, grandparents, and past parents have added to the quality of the Friends' Central experience in a number of ways. Endowed scholarships, faculty sabbaticals, and even Shallcross Hall itself have all been the result of estate gifts from forward thinking, loyal, and generous friends. For Pennsylvania business owners, the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs are great options to support Friends' Central and get a tax credit for your business at the same time.


Development Office

Director of  Development
Bob Cotter

Director of Alumni/ae Affairs
Linda (Waxman) Wasserman ’75

Director of Annual Giving
Kim Emmons-Benjet

Development Associate
Matt Cohen

Development and Archives Associate
Jim Davis




"Friends' Central was a second home to me during the four years I spent there. I absolutely loved it, and I've met some of my favorite people in the world there. FCS is a special place, and I do my best to give back every year. Friends’ Central will always be in my heart, even when I'm 100 years old!"

– Talia East '10 


"Each spring, when I finish classes at F&M, I come back to FCS and call my classmates and peers to reminisce about our Phoenix days. Connecting with my classmates is so significant because many younger alumni/ae don’t know the impact of just a few dollars, or the importance of continuing the cycle of giving so that current students can enjoy the same opportunities we had. Giving back is the least I can do for all that FCS has done for me for over a decade. Each day at Friends’ Central shaped the person I am today, and for that I choose to support the institution every year that I am able!"

– Sammi Greenberg '10


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