Durham Academy Fund


Annual support of the Durham Academy Fund is the foundation upon which we build.

The Durham Academy Fund takes the DA experience beyond what is funded by tuition and allows the school to focus on the future, every day. Our $8.75 million DA Fund goal will power the people and programs that bring our new spaces to life.

Bringing Our Spaces to Life

Marissa Kuo

“I give to DA so other students can benefit as I did. I would not have discovered some of my dearest passions, nor would I have made it through medical school, without the education, skills and life lessons I gained from my teachers and coaches. I owe them more than they will ever know.”

Marissa Kuo
Class of 2012

“We thought we’d take our Speech & Debate students a step further and show them what it took to make these huge tournaments happen. As a service to other teams, they now run our Cavalier Invitational, which has grown to nearly 1,000 competitors from 30 states.”

Crawford Leavoy
Director of Speech and Debate

Jim Cleary

“I give back to Durham Academy because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission of a moral, happy and productive life. This truly creates a family environment where everybody in the DA community is there for each other, and I appreciate being a part of it.”

Jim Cleary
Director of Security

“Philanthropy makes it possible for our teachers and students to experience education in new ways, while preserving aspects of our past that are meaningful to alumni. It’s the blending of these ideas and traditions that makes the DA community so special.”

Jessica Whilden '00
P'34, '32, Kindergarten Teacher


Our DA Fund Progress

Amount Needed to Reach Our Durham Academy Fund Goal: $2,251,140


To propel our students and teachers into tomorrow, it takes a generous community of parents, alumni, faculty and leadership who understand the power of paying it forward. 

We are asking our community to increase their support of the Durham Academy Fund during the Beyond the Threshold campaign. Show your commitment to our mission and to the lives of all who are part of the DA story.

Make a gift that makes an immediate difference. You can give DA the flexibility to respond to the areas of greatest need, or choose an area with particular meaning to you.


Durham Academy Fund Areas of Impact

DA Fund Areas of Impact




Operating Revenue Generated by the DA Fund


Gap Between Tuition and the True Cost of a DA Education


DA Fund Donors in 2021–2022


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Board of Trustees

Impact: Beyond the Threshold in Action

Together, we are ensuring Durham Academy students and teachers will grow and learn without limits.

Due to the pandemic, seventh-grade students haven’t had many opportunities to go off campus during school hours since their Lower School days. That changed in the second week of the 2022–2023 school year. Excited to provide their students with rich off-campus experiences, the seventh-grade teaching team designed a three-day deep dive into food security, which involved service-learning events, expert speakers, food preparation and simulations.

Read More about Seventh-Grade Service-Learning Project Shines Light on Food Insecurity

See It Through

All gifts to Durham Academy are tax deductible.