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Annual Fund

Your Support at Cotting School, Reimagined

For 129 years, Cotting School has been dedicated to innovation and excellence in the field of special education.  Our sustained success as a school is due in large part to the generosity and dedication of friends, family members, and alumni.  Simply put, we would not be the school we are today without the commitment of our donors each year to the annual fund.

Tuition does not cover the full cost of a Cotting education. COVID-19 put additional pressure on our budget with additional PPE, staffing, and cleaning costs.  We are grateful for the generosity and commitment of our loyal donor base throughout the pandemic, and hope you’ll continue to support our students now that students are back on campus full-time.

We still believe that there is nothing like a visit to Cotting to see our facility and meet our students.  We look forward to welcoming visitors to say thank you in person for your dedication to our mission.


Nora Frank
Director of Advancement

Make a Monthly Impact

Elizabeth decided to become a monthly donor after some thoughtful consideration. “I am really inspired by the nurturing environment and sense of community I feel at Cotting School, and I want to make a difference in the lives of these students. This program enables me to allocate a manageable monthly contribution that collectively makes the maximum impact possible.” Consider joining The Perch today, along with Elizabeth and several other monthly donors to make the maximum impact with your gift. Joining is as simple as making your gift online at, and checking the box that says “Yes, make this a recurring monthly gift.”


Did you know?

The IRA Rollover Law has been extended, meaning you can make a gift to Cotting School from your IRA without paying income taxes. The contribution would not be considered a charitable gift.  You must be at least 70 ½ years old and decline goods and services.  The rollover may not exceed $100,000.

To make a gift, contact your IRA administrator requesting a charitable distribution to Cotting School, and be sure to have Cotting’s Tax ID ready: 04-2104328. Please contact Elizabeth Peters with further questions!

How Your Donation Helps


Supports the expanded vocational and elective offerings in our Capstone Program, a culminating experience for students ages 18-22.


Help provide job coaching for a student to gain a half day's work experience in a local business


Purchases supplies for biannual student-run craft fairs


Helps supply entrance fees for a community trip; e.g., a class in art or at a science museum


Buys jerseys for a Challenger Baseball team for Saturday baseball


Buys 1 adaptive soccer ball for Phys Ed class