a co-ed, independent, inclusion school for grades k-12+

Building for Our Future

A Capital Campaign to fund the next chapter of The IDEAL School of Manhattan at 5 Hanover Square

IDEAL has stepped into the future in its new home at 5 Hanover Square. The building is so much more than just a new space. It is a model of accessibility and inclusion in learning and symbolizes the power of IDEAL’s mission and the potential for our future growth. Your support will help fund the next chapter in IDEAL's history. We are grateful for your dedication for IDEAL and for your contribution.

The Capital Campaign Committee
Jay Eisenhofer, President of the Board of Trustees
Dan Kesten, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, Capital Campaign Chair
Rob McQueen, Capital Campaign Committee member
Tracy Nixon, Vice President of the Board of Trustees
Alyssa Picchini Schaffer, Capital Campaign Committee member
Janet Wolfe, Head of School
Audra Zuckerman, Founder and Secretary of the Board of Trustees

For questions about donating to The IDEAL School of Manhattan, please contact Chief Financial Officer Margaret Conklin at mconklin@theidealschool.org.


$200,000 Giving and Naming Opportunities
The IDEAL Gym and Multipurpose Room
Lower or Upper School Sensory Gym and Occupational Therapy Space

$100,000 Giving and Naming Opportunities
Next Steps Life Skills Suite
Learning Center/Library
The IDEAL Scholarship
The Open Door Scholarship Fund
Transportation Fund

$50,000 Giving and Naming Opportunities
Name or fund a learning space

$25,000 Giving and Naming Opportunities
Name or fund an IDEAL program

$5000 Building Blocks
Each donor who contributes $5000 and up will be acknowledged in a prominent display in the lobby of 5 Hanover Square

Ways to Give

  1. Donate via telephone by contacting CFO Margaret Conklin at (212) 769-1699 .
  2. Mail a check to The IDEAL School of Manhattan, 5 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004. All checks should be made payable to The IDEAL School.
  3. Make a gift of stock. Download directions for making a gift of stock.
  4. Many companies offer matching gift programs to encourage employees to contribute to charitable organizations. To find out if your company will match gifts, ask your HR Department for more information.

Capital Campaign Giving Form


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