The Parent Fund

The Parent Fund

The Parent Fund is an essential component of The Nichols Fund. The Parent Fund helps to sustain the school’s tradition of excellence and learning while providing an opportunity for Nichols parents to make a positive impact together as members of The Nichols community.

Gifts to The Parent Fund are investments in all of the academic and extracurricular programs Nichols offers our students each and every year. Nichols School continues to provide an exceptional learning experience for our students not only in the classroom, but on the stage, in the labs, on the playing fields, and in our community. Parent support is critical to sustaining the unique benefits of a Nichols education:

  • An 8:1 student-teacher ratio with a typical class size of 14 students.
  • A community that includes over 50 different villages and cities in Western New York, nationally, and internationally.
  • A robust athletics and arts program, offering 55 athletic teams; 4 instrumental and vocal ensembles; and 3 theatrical productions per year.
  • A vibrant student life and community service program, offering over 45 clubs and 20 school-wide local service opportunities.

Parent Participation – Every Gift Matters!

Every contribution to The Parent Fund has an immediate impact on the lives of our students and all members of the Nichols community. Participation builds a strong and critical base of donors, and it builds momentum that inspires others to give. Parents are more likely to make a gift if a significant number of their peers are contributing. Participation is an expression of confidence in the mission and vision of Nichols School.

Supporting The Parent Fund sends a powerful message that you believe in our educational programs and future of the School, regardless of the dollar amount. Smaller but consistent gifts make a key difference in our ability to attract the most talented students without regard for their financial circumstances, retain the best faculty, and allows us to offer exceptional athletics, arts, and extracurricular programs. The Parent Fund supports all things needed to build the solid foundation our students need to be successful at Nichols School.

Parent Fund FAQs

What should I expect?

All current parents are solicited for the Nichols Fund, as are grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, Board of Trustee members, faculty and staff, and friends of the School. Each year Nichols aims for 100% participation from all constituencies. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and vital to the fiscal health of the School.

Why are we asked to give money when we already pay tuition?

The Parent Fund helps to change lives, open doors, fulfill dreams, and prepare our students to lead. Nichols School has three basic means of financial support: tuition, endowment income, and individual contributions. Tuition at Nichols covers 70 percent of each student’s education; we rely on the generosity of our parents, alumni, and friends to help bridge the gap. The Parent Fund helps to ensure that each Nichols student receives an extraordinary educational experience both in and out of the classroom.

Why does the school operate with a gap between the real cost and what it charges?

The gap helps to moderate tuition increases and allows current families to make up the difference in cost with tax-deductible donations. The gap also offers an opportunity for other constituencies within the Nichols community to make charitable contributions.

What are the ramifications of not supporting the Nichols Fund?

Since the Parent Fund helps to cover the cost of operating the School, lack of Parent Fund support may actually deprive students of essential education programs or the best possible teachers. In order to sustain Nichols School’s commitment to academic excellence, it is imperative that the School maintain a robust Annual Giving program.