Support Lansdowne Friends School

The Annual Giving Fund

A Lansdowne Friends School education is invaluable.  Our goals for children include growth in academic skills, cultivation of an inner discipline and a strong sense of self; enjoyment of learning; development of compassion and care for others.  Children leave Lansdowne Friends School knowing that they are lifelong learners, ready to continue their journey.

A Lansdowne Friends School education is costly.  Each year we reach out to the Lansdowne Friends School community ~ parents, former parents, alumni, grandparents, Meeting members, current and former teachers, School Committee members and other friends of the school ~ to help fill the gap between tuition income and the actual cost of educating each child. 

Your gift to the Annual Giving Fund enhances the education of each child at Lansdowne Friends School.  Annual Giving contributions provide

   * books and collections of literature for classroom libraries

   * materials for book-publishing

   * field trip opportunities that connect learning to the real world

   * funding to expand the Spanish program

   * cultural studies and classroom themes

   * a shop experience for all students

   * compensation for our talented and committed staff

   * and much more.

Your gift to Annual Giving is vital to the school.  You may make your gift In Honor Of or In Memory Of a special person.



Or, please send your contribution to:

Lansdowne Friends School

Development Office

110 N. Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne, PA  19050

Special Funds of Lansdowne Friends School

The Gladys B. Chilton Fund for Scholarship was established in 1990 by John Hurford '50, in honor of Gladys B. Chilton, former teacher and Principal of Lansdowne Friends School.  The interest from the Chilton Fund provides the school with additional funds to help families in need of tuition assistance.

The Mustin Fund for Scholarship was established in 1990 by Janet and Frank Mustin '36. The interest from the The Mustin Fund provides the school with additional funds to help families in need of tuition assistance.

The Endowment Fund was established in 2000 by Jack Swope '46.  The interest fron the Endowment Fund provides supplemental funds for faculty development.

The McKenzie Promising Futures Fund provides tuition grants to students in grades three through six. In February 2014, LFS students will be invited to submit original artwork that celebrates diversity in their own family or community. One or more students will be selected to receive a tuition award up to $2,500 for the 2014-2015 school year. The fund was established by Leon McKenzie, who attended LFS from 1978 to 1984 and who is now CEO of Sure Sports Lending. Leon named the fund in honor of his father, a first generation immigrant from Jamaica who dedicated 30 years as an educator at academic institutions throughout Philadelphia. Gifts made to the McKenzie Promising Futures Fund will be matched by Sure Sports Lending.  Please contact Nancy Werner, Development and Admissions Coordinator, for information on the fund and to make a contribution. For more information about Sure Sports Lending, visit



EITC-Educational Improvement Tax Credit and OSTC- Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Programs

Lansdowne Friends School has been approved to participate in the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program of Pennsylvania. Both programs enable businesses to reduce their Pennsylvania state tax liability by making a donation to an approved scholarship organization.  Lansdowne Friends School is a designated scholarship organization. Corporations can receive a tax credit of 75% to 90% of their contribution, depending on whether they make a one or two year commitment, and make a Lansdowne Friends School education available to qualifying famlies at the same time.

Credits can be applied to the following eligible taxes:

  • Corporate Net Income Tax
  • Capital Stock Franchise Tax
  • Bank and Trust Company Shares Tax
  • Title Insurance Company Shares Tax
  • Insurance Premiums Tax
  • Mutual Thrift Institutions Tax
  • Personal Income Tax of S Corporation shareholders
  • Personal Income Tax of partners in general or limited partnerships

The process is simple.  Look for information at or call the Admission/Development office with questions.

Download an EITC application here. Download the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program guidelines here.  Apply online via the Single Application.

Planned Giving

You may help ensure the future of Lansdowne Friends School by designating a certain percentage of your estate to the school in your will.

Please contact the Development Office with any questions you may have.  (610) 623-2548


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