Giving at a Glance

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Advancement. Our goal is to strengthen and advance the mission of Professional Children’s School, primarily through raising philanthropic support for the school.

As a private, not-for-profit school, tuition pays the majority of the cost of a PCS education, but it doesn’t pay the full cost. The need for financial aid continues to increase. In the 2021-2022 academic year, 46% of PCS students received need-based financial aid, enabling them to attend PCS.

We work with parents, grandparents, trustees, alumni and alumni parents and grandparents, and others in the PCS community to raise the remaining costs to make a PCS education possible for more students. Thank you for your generous support of PCS.


Our fundraising takes place under the umbrella of The Fund for Professional Children’s School, which encompasses all philanthropic contributions to the school, including unrestricted gifts, gifts to our Financial Aid Fund and other special funds for financial aid, contributions toward other special initiatives, and underwriting for and attendance at our Spring Gala. Unrestricted gifts go toward meeting PCS’s most pressing immediate needs.

The PCS Office of Institutional Advancement recognizes gifts according to the following categories:

• Executive Producers Circle ($50,000 and above)
• Directors Circle ($25,000 – $49,999)
• Star Circle ($15,000 – $24,999)
• Diamond Circle ($10,000 – $14,999)
• Ruby Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)
• Platinum Circle ($2,500 – $4,999)
• Gold Circle ($1,000 – $2,499)

• Patrons ($500 – $999)
• Supporters ($150 – $499)
• Donors (Up to $149)

Questions about giving? Contact us [email protected] or call us at 212-582-3116 ext. 115 or ext. 118.

Chris Haley

Director of Institutional Advancement

Chris Haley

Director of Institutional Advancement
Middle Tennessee State University, B.A.
University of Tennessee, M.S.S.W.
Appointed 2013

Chris Haley was appointed Director of Institutional Advancement in 2013. He has more than two decades of nonprofit advancement leadership experience with independent schools, higher education, religious, social services, and performing arts organizations. He enjoys volunteering and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Saint Thomas Choir School and Clerk of the Vestry of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. Previously he has volunteered for God's Love We Deliver, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Bone Marrow Foundation, Episcopal Relief & Development, and the American Red Cross.

Meghan Blakeman

Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement

Meghan Blakeman

Director of Community Engagement
Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement

University of New Hampshire, B.A.
Bay Path University, M.S. (Expected 2024)
Appointed 2021

Meghan joined the Institutional Advancement office in 2021, after spending nine years in arts programming and development at Wingspan Arts. Meghan earned her B.A. in Theatre (Acting & Secondary Theatre Education) from the University of New Hampshire, and has been a teaching artist, producer, and actor at various institutions in New York City and New England. She was the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Underling Productions for 7 years and continues to offer pro bono consulting services for small arts organizations. Meghan is currently pursuing an M.S. in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy from Bay Path University, expected to be completed in 2024.