Capital Campaigns

Norwood undertakes capital campaigns to fund large-scale needs, including building projects, endowment funding, and financial aid.

From our move into the Steuart Building on River Road in the 1970s, through the construction and renovation of the Ewing and Marsh buildings in the 1980s, to acquiring the Hyde property in the late 1990s and building the Middle School, and renovating the Murray Arts Center as well as creating the Gosnell Courtyard and Linke Garden in 2005 – each initiative has transformed the School because of generous community support.

Our ongoing major gifts program seeks larger gifts for specific initiatives outside the cycle of a major capital campaign. The Hudnut and Henderson endowment funds, for example, encourage faculty professional development. Other recent contributions have included extraordinary support for need-based financial aid for deserving students.


In addition, we are committed to the continued growth of Norwood’s endowment. The endowment has expanded from $750,000 in the late 1990s to approximately $8 million today. Notwithstanding this impressive growth, we continually encourage significant support for Norwood’s four main endowment categories:
  • Faculty professional development, compensation, and special projects
  • Financial aid
  • Facilities
  • Educational programming

Planned Giving

Planned and deferred giving are ways to make a powerful impact. Planned giving allows donors to support Norwood School through estate and tax planning. These means provide for the vibrant future for the School we know and love in ways that maximize the gift and/or minimize its impact on a donor’s estate.


Norwood established the Oak Tree Society in 1994 to recognize the generosity of parents, grandparents, past parents, alumni, and friends who have made provisions for Norwood in their estate plans. The Norwood School community is deeply grateful to all Oak Tree Society members for these special expressions of loyalty and support. A bequest or trust of any size qualifies an individual for membership in the Society, and helps secure Norwood’s future for generations of students.


To learn more, please contact Director of Development Cathy Voeks at 301-841-2203 or
Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.