Hilltopper Fund at Elgin Academy


Your gift to the Hilltopper Fund permits us to ask the big questions and to offer new and innovative educational opportunities that are based on experiential learning. Every gift gives our faculty a chance to be original and imaginative in inspiring our students to be creative, courageous and compassionate.

Thank you for your support.


What is The Hilltopper Fund?

Each year, Elgin Academy families, alumni, faculty, and friends donate to the Hilltopper Fund.

The Hilltopper Fund is our yearly fundraiser that enhances Elgin Academy in countless ways by providing support to our students, faculty, and programs.

The 2018-2019 Hilltopper Fund Campaign will take place during the months of October and November. Your gift will make the biggest impact if you give or pledge during our campaign.

Donations to the 2018-2019 Hilltopper Fund will be accepted until the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2019,

#EA Give Day Nov.13


Save the date!

Our new EA Give Day will take place on November 13, 2018.

We invite our Hilltopper community to come together and make a gift in support of Elgin Academy.

Why should I give?


Your gift gives us the opportunity to continue to ask and answer the important questions that inspire the students of Elgin Academy to be a creative, courageous, and compassionate group poised to make a difference in the world now and in the future.

A donation to the Hilltopper Fund supports our faculty and students on this important journey. Your contribution empowers Hilltoppers to be the change they want to see in the world and to take ownership in making a difference in our collective future.


How much should I give?

Giving Societies

Giving is a highly personal decision, and we encourage you to make a gift in support of our students that is meaningful to you. We appreciate every gift that is made to Elgin Academy.

Through our giving societies, we celebrate donors who are dedicated to strengthening Elgin Academy with donations made to the Hilltopper Fund, Extravaganza, and other special projects. Thank you!

Hilltop Circle

Members of the Hilltop Circle are recognized as leadership donors. We will honor members who donate $2,750 or more at a special reception at Extravaganza. Members who donate $6,000 or more will also be recognized at a fall reception.

Kimball Society

Sears Society
$12,000 - $24,999

Gifford Society
$6,000 - $11,999

Academy Society
$2,750 - $5,999

$1,250 - $2,749

$375 - $1,249

Up to $375

Ways to give

Your donation will be accepted in any of the following ways:

Cash Gifts

Gifts to Elgin Academy can be made via cash or check (payable to Elgin Academy).

Credit Card

Elgin Academy accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

Gifts of Stock

By giving appreciated stock that you have held for more than one year, you will be eligible to receive a charitable income tax deduction for the full market value, and you can also avoid capital gains tax.

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees to EA. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer and send it completed and signed with your gift.

All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contact Marnie Kut in the Development Office at 847-695-0309, x226 or mkut@elginacademy.org.