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Founders Society members are a special group of donors who provide critical support to Cotting School with their annual contributions of $1,000 or more.  By becoming a Founders Society member, you help Cotting maintain its tradition of academic excellence and innovation and ensure the very best education for our students.

In recognition of your leadership support, we are pleased to offer you interesting and exciting opportunities to learn more about our work, interact with students, families and leadership, and celebrate special moments at the School.  

Your commitment to our students, demonstrated through your Founders Society support, is deeply appreciated. Thank you for considering the very special Cotting connection.  

Louise Marr Circle

$1,000 – $2,499
  • Three issues of the Cotting Connection newsletter
  • Annual Report
  • Listing in Annual Report
  • Invitation to the Founders Society Program and Recognition Reception in June
  • Set of student-designed note cards

Mary Perry Circle

$2,500 – $4,999
  • Special reserved seating and parking at a Falcon’s Basketball game of your choice
  • All benefits listed above

Dorothy Pace Circle

$5,000 – $9,999
  • Invitation to the Arts Festival and opportunity to receive a one-of-a-kind piece of student artwork
  • All benefits listed above

Charles Cotting Circle

$10,000 – $14,999
  • Lunch with President Bridget Irish and a Cotting Family
  • All benefits listed above

Bradford and Thorndike Circle

$15,000 – $24,999
  • Opportunity to use the Campus Center facilities for a private function for up to ten people
  • All benefits listed above

President’s Circle

  • Invitation to Graduation and the Senior Class Lunch
  • Acknowledgement in the graduation program 
  • All benefits listed above

All contributions are fully tax deductible as the benefits are de minimis and hold no fair market value.

Honorees of the Founders Society

As pediatric orthopedic surgeons, Drs. Bradford and Thorndike wanted to give their patients the option to be well-educated and founded the School in 1893.

Charles Cotting was a trustee from 1922-1984 and the treasurer from 1927-1981. His careful fiscal management kept the School stable during the Depression and the years following.

Mary Perry served the School from 1893-1919 as the first teacher and later as Superintendent.

A graduate of Cotting in 1929, Dorothy Pace founded two successful businesses that hired only employees with special needs. Her generous bequest to the School created the Pace Assistive Technology Center.

Louise Marr taught at Cotting from 1935-1976. She instilled in her students a love of learning and the confidence that their disabilities did not define them.

The importance of annual giving is critical to the stability and ongoing operations of the School.

To learn more about benefits associated with the Cotting School’s Founders Society or about other giving options to benefit Cotting School students, please contact Elizabeth Peters at or 781-325-7978.