Meet the Office

List of 3 members.

  • Ms. Melanie Hoffmann 

    Assistant Head of School / Director of External Affairs
    Hollins University - BA
    University of Pennsylvania - MEd for School Leadership
  • Ms. Liz Olmsted 

    Director of Alumni Engagement
    (802) 869-6260
    Wheaton College - BA
  • Ms. Jillian Seaton 

    Associate Director of Institutional Advancement
    (802) 869-6298
    University of Miami - BA
    University of Montana - MBA
Support VA

Vermont Academy Annual Fund

The tradition of philanthropy at Vermont Academy preceded the school’s opening in 1876 when the Reverend Wilbur of Saxtons River ardently sought financial support to establish Vermont Academy right where it is today. The annual generous support from alumni/ae, parents, friends, corporations, and foundations through The Fund for Vermont Academy ensures that students continue to receive a truly unique education at Vermont Academy. An education that challenges them “to be true to their best selves” while receiving appropriate support and direction from a talented and nurturing faculty. Without you, we cannot fulfill our mission to develop confident, active learners and global citizens inspired to act with intelligence, imagination and - above all - character.


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Why give to Vermont Academy?

    Vermont Academy relies on philanthropy for 10% of its annual operating budget. Endowment revenue, financial gifts, and tuition revenue are what enables us to care for the people, place, and program that is Vermont Academy. The VA experience today for each of our students relies on the generosity of others.

    Gifts to Vermont Academy Annual Fund affect every aspect of the VA experience from scholarships to athletics, academics to the arts. It enables VA to recruit and retain the best faculty, provides professional development opportunities, and supports our historic and beautiful campus.
  • Q. How do I make my gift?

    The quickest way would be to use our secure online giving form. For other ways to make a gift, please see our Ways to Give page.
  • Q. What size gift should I make, and when should I make it?

    A gift of any size makes a difference to Vermont Academy. It is the collective power of these gifts that supports our program and also resonates as a vote of confidence in the work our faculty and staff does with our students each and every day.

    The fund-raising schedule for our Vermont Academy Annual Fund coincides with VA’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Requests for financial support to the Fund stop for the remainder of the fiscal year once an individual makes a gift or pledge. Your annual gift made during this time frame is appreciated.
  • Q. Can I designate my gift to a specific part of Vermont Academy?

    Yes! Gifts to the Vermont Academy Annual Fund provide critical support for VA. They can be designated toward such areas as scholarships, athletics, arts, faculty support, and our learning skills program. Our online giving form has a place for this designation or you can make a note of this on the memo section of your check.
  • Q. Is my gift tax deductible?

    Yes! Any gift to Vermont Academy, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We will send a gift receipt to you so that you have documentation for your records.
  • Q. What are matching gifts?

    Many companies will match your contribution as an employee/spouse, thereby doubling your gift to Vermont Academy - some companies will match at an even higher rate. Check with your human resource office for the correct form.
  • Q. Why is annual giving so important?

    Making an annual gift every year makes a statement that you believe in Vermont Academy’s mission and support the unique educational experience that it provides. Your annual gift provides vital support to the operating budget of Vermont Academy which funds the experience for our students, faculty, program, and beautiful campus.