Purnell Fund

The Purnell Fund supports the School’s most critical needs from balancing our operating budget to attracting the best and brightest faculty members to creating engaging curriculum such as NextGen and Project Exploration. Gifts to the Purnell Fund, our annual giving program, ensure that Purnell continues to offer a combination of college-preparatory academics along with a personal health and wellness program to serve the needs of each and every student.

Alumnae, parents, grandparents, trustees, faculty, and administration are invited to make gifts annually to the Purnell Fund. We are sincerely grateful to those who continue to support our vibrant living and learning community at Purnell School. Our Purnell Fund donors make it possible to remain the only boarding school in the country for girls with learning differences.


Make a Gift Online today or call Jen Gursky,
Director of Advancement at (908) 439-4008.

Giving Societies

Lytt and Sis Gould Loyalty Society

Named after Purnell School’s co-founders, the Lytt and Sis Gould Loyalty Society recognizes donors whose annual commitment to Purnell is steadfast and lasting. Gifts of any amount, to the Purnell Fund, for 5 or more consecutive years qualify for this society. The Lytt and Sis Gould Loyalty Society members are valued, loyal supporters of Purnell’s mission of individualized learning and serve as integral members of our school’s culture and community.

“Purnell Difference” Society

The “Purnell Difference” Society was established to recognize and thank alumnae, parents, grandparents, and friends who support Purnell’s vibrant living and learning community through annual gifts of $1000 or greater to the Purnell Fund. The Annual Fund serves Purnell’s most critical needs from attracting accomplished faculty to special programs such as NextGen and Project Exploration. Purnell Fund donors are crucial to the growth of our strong educational foundation and personal health and wellness programs.

Griffin Pride Society

Alumnae, parents, grandparents, faculty, and administration take great pride in Purnell’s long history of individualized education for young women. Griffin Pride Society members show their deep commitment to this history with annual gifts of $10,000 - $24,999 to the Purnell Fund. Through strong philanthropic support, Griffin Pride Society members honor our Founders’ vision and guidelines which propel Purnell’s creative academics and one-to-one personal attention.

Purnell Promise Society

Purnell Promise Society members are Purnell’s greatest philanthropic supporters, making gifts of $25,000 or more annually. These major gift donors are highly engaged with Purnell School during the year, attending special events, meeting with senior administration, and serving as Purnell ambassadors to community members.