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Support Us

Riverview School has a long and distinguished history of philanthropic support dating back to its inception in 1957. The lasting impact of this School is reflected each year in the philanthropic investment made by friends, alumni, faculty, staff and families. Your gifts allow each new generation of students to experience a caring community where they are supported in embracing new challenges, mastering new skills, developing life-long friendships, and learning how to view themselves as capable and competent young people.

Gifts to the Annual Fund and to the Gala comprise 8% of the operating budget, and while we rely on leadership gifts to inspire us all and lay the foundation for successful fundraising, every gift of every size is essential to reaching our goals. We are grateful for the support of the entire Riverview community in sustaining and strengthening the programs and experiences that distinguish a Riverview education.

Annual Fund

Strong Funding Supports Everyone

Money raised through the Annual Fund accounts for (approx. $700,000+) of Riverview’s annual operating budget and impacts all aspects of our community by providing:

Students & Families

• A rich array of extracurricular opportunities, which allows students to explore and develop interests and talents
• Critical financial aid
• Transition planning for families to prepare for life beyond Riverview - training and educational seminars, referrals and graduation guidance
• A growing community for alumni to connect and stay engaged


• Equipping our classrooms and dormitories with state-of-the-art tools for engaging in unique learning experiences
• Enhancing our ability to sustain and support gifted and dedicated faculty
(through competitive compensation and professional development opportunities)

• Providing the autonomy to create and innovate across all aspects of Riverview’s educational experience.


• Continuous campus upgrades and enhancements within the dorms, classrooms and grounds
• Practical and attractive areas on campus for recreational, athletic and social gatherings

Annual Fund FAQs

What does the Annual Fund support?

Riverview’s Annual Fund provides unrestricted money for programs and experiences for our students and faculty. It allows for our Riverview community to engage in a dynamic and enriching curriculum for each and every one of our students.

Money raised through the Annual Fund is also used to fund the greatest need at any given time. In many ways, the annual fund funnels programming and enrichment through every aspect of a student’s experience here at Riverview.

Why, outside of tuition, is additional money needed?

As with many Independent schools, tuition does not cover all of the annual operating expenses for the school. Riverview relies greatly on bridging the gap between tuition and our annual operating costs. It helps to provide program enhancements and continued innovation.

Why is 100% Parent Participation important?

We hope and encourage each of our Riverview families to consider Riverview a philanthropic priority for their family.

Your participation is a vote of confidence in all that we do. Your gift helps to advance our mission to empower our faculty and students to build the strongest path towards success. It allows us to innovate and utilize new strategies to deliver individualized programming for each of our students.

What is our goal?

The primary goal of Riverview’s annual fund is to bridge the gap between what tuition provides, and the cost it takes to execute a top notch Riverview Education. More specifically, Riverview relies on raising at least $650,000- $700,000 annually in order to support the budgetary needs of the school.

How much should I give?

Individual gifts can range from anywhere between $25-$50,000. The average gift of a parent is $2,000. At Riverview we believe if everyone gives as generously as possible, for their current financial situation, then we can collectively reach our goals.

What are the dates for the Annual Fund?

Our annual fund runs July 1- June 30th, but our primary fundraising efforts for the annual fund typically runs September- December.

Are gifts to the Annual Fund tax-deductible?

Yes. Gifts to Riverview’s annual fund is considered a charitable donation and can be fully deducted within IRS regulatory limits. Please note that event tickets and raffles are not tax-deductible.

Are matching gifts important?

Yes! Many companies and employers offer charitable match donations for employees. Please contact your Human Resource department to see if your company has a matching gift program. You will receive donor credit for both the original gift and the amount of the match. Every dollar counts!

Campaign for Wellness

A successful Wellness Program requires a multidimensional approach given the vast number of components that support a healthy lifestyle and must be consistently evaluated towards developing and integrating community-wide programming. We believe an integrated wellness program will enhance the educational experience and enable students to internalize the practices and disciplines to support a healthy lifestyle that will guide them in life after Riverview.

The promise of a Riverview education is a richer, fuller life for our graduates — a life filled with options and opportunities, underpinned by a strong, positive self-image. Our aim is to create a culture of wellness with the overall goal of helping our students to internalize healthy habits through a comprehensive and fully-integrated program, which will inform the design of a state-of-the-art gymnasium and wellness center.

As Riverview seeks to advance and assure its position as an international leader in the education of adolescents and young adults with complex needs, strengthening the Campaign for Wellness is critical to keeping our promise to each and every child in our care. Your gift in support of our goals and your confidence in our ability to meet them means a great deal to the Riverview community.

2022 Village of Dreams Gala

Our annual Village of Dreams Gala is a celebration of the Riverview community and our collective achievements for the year and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to campus for an IN PERSON gala this year! This essential fundraiser provides valuable resources and support for the entire Riverview community, including the preservation of our school and faculty during these unprecedented times. We would not be able to host such an important event to raise money for our school without the help and participation from all of our sponsors, donors and guests. If you would like to volunteer, donate or participate in this year’s gala, contact Erin Soderstrom at

All About the Village of Dreams Gala

Each year, Riverview hosts our annual Village of Dreams Gala, as a kick-off to Graduation Weekend. We are thrilled to be hosting this event in-person again this year, and we wanted to take the opportunity to explain the event for those who have not attended before:

Who: This event is open to the Riverview Community: current & alumni families, extended families and friends are encouraged to attend. You can purchase individual tickets, and request specific seating arrangements (tables of 10.)

What: This event is a traditional fundraising gala. It typically runs from 5-10pm with a cocktail hour, silent auction, live auction, dinner, program, and Fund-A-Dream paddle raise. Students are engaged in fun year-end activities during this event to allow for parents to enjoy the event without distraction. It is a perfect evening to gather together to celebrate the year!

Where: The event is located here on our Riverview Campus on our main field in a beautiful open-air tent. The perfect setting to enjoy a Cape Cod Evening under the stars!

When: Friday, June 17th, 2022 (Our Kick off to a celebratory Graduation Weekend. Details about Graduation and Prom coming soon)

Why: Each year, we rely greatly on the support for this gala to raise $700-$800K for the school. We also specifically fundraise for a “Fund-A-Dream” each year to support specific needs of the school. This year, we are raising Fund-a-Dream funds for Financial Aid.

How: How can you help? We could use your support in many ways. You could support us with a sponsorship donation, donating to our silent auction (Getaway Trips, Sports Tickets, Jewelry, Artwork are always popular), or volunteering on our gala committee. Any questions, please contact event manager Erin Soderstrom: or Gala Chair (and current parent) Linda Ledoux:

Learn more and purchase your tickets today:

Other Ways to Give

Gifts of Stock

Making a gift of stock to Riverview is extremely valuable to us, and it just may be beneficial to you from a personal income tax perspective as well. The best stocks to donate are those that have increased greatly in value. Even if it is stock you wish to keep in your portfolio, by giving Riverview the stock and using cash to buy the same stock through your broker, you will have received the same income tax deduction but will have a new, higher basis in the stock. If you donate property that has risen in value and that you have held for more than one year, you pay no capital gains tax on the transaction. You can also take an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock. If you have stock losses, sell the stock yourself to realize the loss and take the deduction for tax purposes. Then generate a charitable contribution deduction by donating the cash proceeds of the sale to Riverview.

Please Note: When stock is received into our account the donors name is not attached. In order to properly acknowledge your gift of stock, please contact the Advancement office and let us know the name of the stock and the number of shares you will be gifting.

Please click here for Securities Transfer Instructions.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations offer matching gift programs for employees and their families. A matching gift can often double or triple your gift, and all matching support is credited to the individual donor. Ask your company if they will match your charitable gifts. If they do, you will need to submit their matching gift form along with your gift. Please send your matching gift form to Kate Ayson at

Planned Giving

A planned gift certainly benefits Riverview School, and may also be financially beneficial to you. Planned gifts can generate lifelong income, convert low yielding assets into a higher income stream, obtain significant income tax deductions, and reduce or eliminate capital gains and estate taxes.

The Advancement Office accepts a variety of life-income arrangements, including Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts. We also help donors tailor bequests and structure gifts of assets such as real estate, business interests, and life insurance.

Donors often find that a combination of planned gifts produces the best results. We are happy to meet with you and your financial advisors to design the most advantageous ways of giving for you. We would appreciate learning of your gift intentions for Riverview so that we may include you in the list of Founders Society. However, should you wish to remain anonymous we are happy to honor that request.


You may wish to consider including a gift to Riverview in your will or living trust. It’s a simple process whereby your Financial Advisor adds a clause to your will or trust. It is also flexible. You can structure the bequest as a fixed amount or a percentage of your residual estate.

Beneficiary Designations

Continue supporting our work even after your lifetime by naming Riverview School as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance or insurance annuity assets.

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT)

A charitable remainder trust has two beneficiaries. In most cases, one of them is you (and possibly your spouse,) and the other is Riverview. During your lifetime you receive a set percentage of investment income from the charitable trust. After your death, Riverview then receives whatever remains in the trust. There are potentially significant tax deductions and exclusion from capital gains taxes.

Charitable Lead Trusts (CLT)

A charitable lead trust is basically the same concept as a charitable remainder trust, but in reverse. With a CLT, Riverview receives a certain percentage of investment income every year. Once you pass away, whoever you’ve named as the beneficiary (a spouse or children) receives the assets that remain. Again, there are potentially significant tax deductions and exclusion from capital gains taxes.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Charitable gifts may be rolled over from a traditional or Roth Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without incurring federal income taxes, with certain restrictions:

  • The donor must be age 70 ½, or older

  • The cap on annual IRA rollovers is $100,000

  • The contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (no planned gifts.)

An IRA Charitable Rollover may be appropriate for you if:

  • You do not need the additional income generated by the minimum required distribution, OR

  • Your charitable gifts already equal 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR

  • You are subject to the 2% rule that reduces your itemized deductions, OR

  • You do not itemize deductions.

Join the Founders Legacy Society

The Founders Legacy Society recognizes all those who have made a bequest provision, a life income gift, or other planned gift commitment to Riverview.