DA Fund

The Durham Academy Fund is the most important fundraising effort of the year. Proceeds cover the gap between tuition and the true cost of a DA education.

Unrestricted giving to the Durham Academy Fund is put to use immediately and supports the programs and people that make DA extraordinary. Every gift matters, and the entire DA community is encouraged to be invested and involved in DA's culture of giving. 

The DA Fund Supports:

  • life-changing teachers
  • vibrant visual and performing arts
  • competitive athletics
  • financial aid for talented and deserving students
  • robotics and cutting-edge technology
  • special events and guests
  • strong experiential education

“Since joining the DA community in 2016, we have been pleased to give to a place that helps our children work toward creating the footprint they ultimately would like to have on their community and beyond.”

Anna Hunter

Alex Isley

“I'm really grateful for the investment [my parents made in my education at DA], because I think I learned more in those first nine years than I have in any other school or college I ever went to afterward.”

Alexander Isley
Class of 1980

Dr Cindy Moore

“I am in awe of the people that I work with and that my kids are spending their day with, and I'm so blessed and fortunate for them to have this opportunity. [In making a gift], I am saying thank you and that I am honored to be a part of the DA family.” 

Dr. Cindy Moore
DA Learning Specialist and Parent

Sara Pottinger

"Our kids were the beneficiaries of a school that had been built by others before us, and we really believed that it was our turn to leave an even better school for kids coming after ours."

Sara Pottenger
Parent of Alumni

Frequently Asked Questions



2019–2020 DA Fund at a Glance

  • $1,222,914 raised for 2019–2020 DA Fund 
  • Average gift to 2019–2020 DA Fund: $857
  • 1,427 DA Fund donors in 2019–2020
  • $218,846 raised for the DA Fund on Giving Day 2020, representing 1,264 gifts from donors in 34 states and 9 different countries

Participation percentages are based on the number of donors solicited.


Leadership Giving

The success of the Durham Academy Fund depends on gifts above and beyond the average level of giving. Durham Academy introduced new Giving Circles and Societies for 2020-2021 in recognition of those parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, parents of alumni and friends who make especially generous contributions to the DA Fund or generously support the school's near-term goals and long-term aspirations. 

Michelle Morgan

Thank you for your support! Have questions or want to get involved?

Contact Director of Philanthropy Michelle Morgan via email or at 919-260-9239.