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Dana Bettinger
Friend & Donor

Dana Bettinger earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Pratt Institute and then a master’s degree from Yale University, but after seven years as an architect—including time spent running her own design firm—she returned to graduate school and became a teacher.

Dana now teaches art, architecture, and stagecraft at University Prep, and previously served as the president of the PSCS Board of Trustees. She currently sits on the Development & Marketing Committee and the Leadership & Organization Committee.

She was initially attracted by the school’s progressive philosophy...

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2017-18 Annual Giving

PSCS is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, tuition-based, independent, middle and high school.

We strive 1) to keep tuition as low as possible and 2) for greater socio-economic diversity, every year. PSCS relies on Annual Giving to help us maintain that diversity and affordability—and we rely on parents, alum families, grandparents, friends, community-members, and grants to support annual giving.

The case for PSCS is strong. We make every effort to keep tuition as low as we can —knowing that for many, private school is still a hardship. The PSCS fundraising goal makes up approximately 10% of the school’s annual operating budget and is a critical source of income. Tuition is used to pay staff, rent, insurance, and program costs, and we balance our budget as tightly as possible. Contributions allow us to keep tuition lower and provide families the opportunity to receive tax benefits from their donations.

Over each of the last 5 years, we have managed to offer an average of $90,000 in tuition and program aid to 25-30% of our families.

Participation is crucial. Even if you receive tuition aid or are an alum living on a friend’s couch while you’re in college, we need everyone to consider donating, any amount, in order to show your support and help us reach more people (oh yes, $5, $10, $25 all helps). Your gifts also ensure campaign goals are made, rally others to give, and excite grantmakers.

One time donations, recurring donations, and more can be made HERE.

For more options and stock information, please go HERE.