Durham Academy Giving Day 2020

116% of 1,000 Donor goal
This campaign ended on February 19, 2020, but you can still make a gift to Durham Academy by clicking here!
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Teresa Engebretsen photoTeresa Engebretsen matched $52

An Anonymous DonorTatum Pottenger matched $100

An Anonymous DonorSelena & Geoff Keegan matched $150

Jill Moore and Oren Gottfried photoJill Moore and Oren Gottfried matched $150

Susan Easterling photoSusan Easterling matched $115

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $65

Tyler Elkins-Williams photoS. Tyler Elkins-Williams matched $200

Jennifer Schmidt  photoJennifer & Kurt Schmidt matched $200

Margie Gudaitis Hess photoMargie Gudaitis Hess matched $200

An Anonymous DonorMehul Desai matched $200

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $250

Sterling Mah Ingui photoSterling Mah Ingui matched $250

An Anonymous DonorAdam P Lang matched $250

An Anonymous DonorAn Anonymous Donor matched $280

Susan Easterling photoSusan Easterling matched $165

Kent Cheesborough photoKent Cheesborough matched $225

An Anonymous DonorScott Cunningham matched $170

An Anonymous DonorStephen W Barringer matched $1,750
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An Anonymous DonorDe and Kenneth Cutshaw gave $217

An Anonymous DonorThe Parekhs gave $12,000

Show your 💚 for Durham Academy!

DA Giving Day is your chance to give back and give thanks to the person who made a difference in your life at Durham Academy. 
On Giving Day, success is about participation — it’s a way for anyone to support the DA Fund at any level.

#DAGivingDay is a 24-hour fundraising event driven by the entire DA community.

A gift of any size helps to unlock a $12,000 challenge gift!

Thank you Selene and Zankhna Parekh!

Did you already make a gift to the DA Fund this year? Thank you — and join us today! Almost half of last year’s gifts were from donors who had already supported the DA Fund.

 Thousands of dollars in matches and challenges are available throughout the day to double your impact. 

The current DA class with the highest participation percentage wins a froyo party!

Donors from the alumni class with the highest participation percentage will be entered into a drawing for a $200 Marriott gift card.

Middle School history teacher Jeff Boyd is donating $1 for every new faculty gift.

Your support makes a difference in the lives of every student, every teacher, every day. Join your fellow Cavaliers and show your 💚 for DA!

Spread the word!

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CavNation. #DAFamily. Thank you. Your generosity, your energy, your support and the love you’ve shown for Durham Academy today has been incredible. 

From volunteers standing in car lines to get parents pumped up for the day, to alums reaching out to motivate classmates across the miles, to the hundreds of you who made gifts and created incredibly generous matches and challenges today to thank DA for making a difference in your life or the lives of your children or grandchildren — we are so incredibly grateful!

Thank you to Roger and Lisa Jeffs for their generous $10,000 challenge to push us past last year’s goal. The DA community has raised more than $190,000 and unlocked more than $22,000 in matches and challenges in just over 12 hours for every student, teacher and staff member at this school, to make their DA experience the best it can be. 

You’re all amazing!

There’s still a DA class froyo party and an alumni $200 Marriott gift card that have yet to be claimed. Their winners will be announced tomorrow, but they could be influenced by the matches still in play, so keep going!

1385 days ago by Leslie King

Hey Cavs —

Roger Jeffs ‘79 just challenged us to beat last year’s Giving Day total of 1,080 gifts. If we do it by midnight, it unlocks $10,000 for Durham Academy!

If you picked up your phone in 1979 it had a cord attached to it, and it certainly wasn’t connected to your computer, your movie theater, your t-v, your Atari (look it up, kids), your albums, your favorite stores, or your credit card. You only used it to talk to people. Weird, right?

So, let's celebrate the technological advances since then. Hit pause on whatever you’re streaming right now, pull up www.da.org/givingday on your phone, and in 5 minutes, you’ll be one of the 50+ people it’s going to take to help DA reach this goal.  

West Coast Cavs — can you help us get to 1,081 by midnight?!

1385 days ago by Leslie King
All We Can Say Is — Thank You!!!

Cavs, you are simply amazing. We are stunned and grateful for your generosity and support. We appreciate every single one of you who helped us reach 1,000 gifts and unlock $12,000 to support DA students and teachers. THANK YOU!!! And many thanks to Selene and Zankhna Parekh for their generous challenge today! #DAFamily 💚

But, DON'T STOP!!! There are still matches and challenges in play that can double the impact of your gift. Plus, we have a surprise coming up in just a few minutes… stay tuned!

1385 days ago by Leslie King
Shout Out to Alums!

We're seeing awesome alumni #DAGivingDay participation — from the Classes of 1991, 1998 and 2005 who are leading the way with the highest participation, to the Classes of 1979, 2005, 1987 and 1991, who are leading the way in dollars raised. Thank you to Kent Cheeseborough, Stephen Barringer, Margie Gudaitis Hess, Adam Lang, Sterling Mah Ingui and Tyler Elkins-Williams for offering matching gifts to motivate DA alums!!! #OnceACavAlwaysACav 💚

Don’t forget, members of the class with the highest alumni participation percentage will be entered into a drawing for a $200 Marriott gift card!

1385 days ago by Leslie King
We Just Hit 900!

DA fam, we are 95, that's 9-5 gifts away from unlocking a $12,000 challenge gift. Every gift, no matter what size, counts toward the goal. We're so close — come on Cavs! Let's hit it!

1385 days ago by Leslie King

First thing’s first: we’re at 80% of our goal, Cavs! Also, since we know you’re wondering, we thought we might update you on some friendly participation-based competitions going on behind the scenes of DA Giving Day. 😉


  • It’s a battle royale between current DA classes trying to win the froyo party! Grades K, 6 and 8 are leading the way with grades 9 and 11 close behind. Who. Will. Win?
  • There’s a 3-way tie between the Classes of 1991, 1998 and 2015 to be entered into a drawing for a $200 Marriott gift card.
  • AND because Middle School teachers Jeff Boyd and Teresa Engebretsen offered matches for faculty and staff, they made 57 new gifts today!

1386 days ago by Leslie King
Feeling grateful

When your entire community of parents, faculty and staff, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents and friends reaches out to support you, it’s time to say thanks. Thank you to the 700+ donors who have joined in the #DAGivingDay fun so far! Because of this incredible outpouring of support, we've raised more than $120K and every alumni class from the 2010s, 2000s and 1990s is represented!

Thank you to Cavs who are joining in from Washington to Wisconsin, from Virginia to Vermont and from the Sunshine State to South Carolina! Don't forget, 1,000 gifts unlocks $12,000 for DA — let's keep going!!!

1386 days ago by Leslie King
We're halfway there!!!

Yep, we just hit 500 donors before noon. Unbelievable effort, Cavs — thank you!!!

KEEP GOING! Help us reach 1,000 gifts to unlock a $12,000 challenge!

1386 days ago by Leslie King
Shout Out to the CavNation!

This is amazing — halfway through the morning we're almost halfway to our 1,000 gift goal! Thank you to the parents, teachers and alums who are pitching in to the tune of thousands of dollars, offering matches and challenges to help DA unlock $12,000 and increasing the impact of everyone's gifts! We see you Pre-k, K, first-grade, third-grade and seventh-grade parents and Classes of 1998, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015 👀 Keep it up! 👏 🙌

1386 days ago by Leslie King
Giving Day is here!

Giving Day is here! Starting #DAGivingDay with 190+ gifts and $42,000 has got us like:

Thank you Cavs! We can't wait to see what you do today!

1386 days ago by Leslie King

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Alumni Giving by YearThe Alumni Giving by Year reflects giving from Alumni
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Parent icon6%Preschool parent
Parent icon42%Parents
Suitcase icon15%Faculty/Staff
Gradhat icon31%Alumni
Gradhat icon10%Parents of Alumni
Parent icon9%Grandparents
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