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Your gift benefits every student.

Thanks to the continued support of alumni and friends like you, the Thornton Annual Fund fuels curiosity in the classroom, confidence in our student athletes, and creativity in our artists. The landscape of the campus may have changed over the years, but our tradition of excellence continues to span generations.

The Thornton Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our school’s fundraising efforts. It maintains the level of excellence you’ve come to expect from TA. When you donate to the Annual Fund, your gift has an immediate impact on our students, and makes a difference in their lives each and every day.  

Annual Fund Priorities:
• Arts & ​​Athletics
• Classroom/Lab Supplies
• Facility Maintenance
• Free Meals for Students in Need
• Professional Development
• Technology Advances

Thornton Academy offers comprehensive programming and rigorous coursework for a wide variety of disciplines, along with individualized support systems for our most at-risk students. But TA is not able to provide all of this on public funds alone. Public funding provides only 65% of TA's operating revenue. The remaining 35% is derived from private tuition and fundraising. Thornton Academy’s loyal supporters have helped construct buildings, renovate athletic facilities, modernize technology all around campus, and maintain the school's elegant and historic buildings. Please consider making a gift, establishing a planned gift, contributing to the Thornton Fund, or getting involved on campus. As always, our Development staff are available should you have any questions.

Why I Give

Our past accomplishments, as well as the successes that lie ahead, are built on the strengths of our core values, our traditions, and our ability to envision a future that is as strong as our past.

rene menard '88, headmaster

Thornton is a major asset of the community so investing in TA to help Saco as a whole makes sense to me. This project is the next major step in a very well thought out and executed plan that has included new classrooms, dorms to accommodate International students, and a new STEM center. I am very confident in the future of this institution and its long term positive influence on my old hometown.

roger miles '65

The Thornton community gave me a lot as a young person. I feel fortunate to be able to give back to a wonderful institution.

david sherman '59

My child has gained valuable knowledge and many friendships at Thornton Academy. He has matured and appreciates all the lessons he learned. Thank you for providing my child with an unforgettable high school experience! We should make a financial contribution towards the beautiful future of Thornton Academy.

anna zhao, parent

I am proud to be a graduate of Thornton Academy. I received many things of value in the years I attended and I believe one should give back to others whenever one is in a position to do so.

jerry gaudette '59

What is the Thornton Fund?

Annual giving to the Thornton Fund provides critical support to our programs and allows us to maintain our buildings, grounds, and facilities, as well as expand academic opportunities, enhance campus life, and encourage the developing minds of our students. Our alumni, parents, trustees, and friends know that they can help meet students' needs while enjoying tax benefits for their generosity. Memorial gifts to the school are also a special way to honor loved ones.

What is the Capital Campaign?

The purpose of the Athletic Complex Capital Campaign is to generate funding for the construction of a field house and the renovation of Linnell Gymnasium. The fundraising goal of the Athletic Complex Capital Campaign is $3,000,000. Thornton’s new athletic complex will be the premier indoor athletic facility among Maine high schools. More importantly, our goal of serving the athletic and recreational needs of all Thornton Academy students, as well as adding a community resource, will be met.

Ways to Give

Online Gifts

Online giving is easy! Have your MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express card handy to help you.

Make a gift online

1811 Society

We encourage you to consider joining Thornton Academy's 1811 Society by providing for the school with a bequest or a gift of either money or property made through your will. Members of the 1811 Society understand the unique history of our school and the importance of its independent nature; becoming a part of this program means stepping into a legacy of leadership and generosity that will sustain the life of the school for generations. There are many ways to participate and each offers an opportunity to support the future of the school, while also securing your own financial future.

Thornton Academy recently started to work with Comerica Charitable Services Group and RBC Wealth Management to make it easier than ever for donors to make meaningful gifts to the school. Comerica is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the organization was created to bring added value to nonprofits and the donors who support them. It is able to provide administrative, tax, compliance, and technical support to TA’s Development Office, while RBC Wealth Management in Portland, Maine, assists with investment management and strategies. 

To learn more about planned giving options, download our TA Planned Giving Brochure or the 1811 Society Info Sheet. You may also contact the Development Office at (207) 602-4460 or

To join the 1811 Society, complete the 1811 Society Membership Form and mail to Thornton Academy's Development Office at 438 Main Street, Saco, Maine 04072.  

Join the 1811 society

Cash & Check Gifts

Outright gifts may be made by cash or check and sent to:

Office of Development,
Thornton Academy
438 Main St.
Saco, ME 04072

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees.

If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to Thornton Academy may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.


A pledge is a commitment by an individual or corporation to make a future contribution. Some donors make multi-year pledges, particularly during reunion years. By spreading payments over a period of time—typically five years or less—pledges allow donors to make larger commitments and fulfill them at a comfortable pace.

Please contact the Development Office at (207) 602-4460 or email for more information.

Stock Options

Giving stocks and bonds to Thornton Academy can help support current and future students. Transferring securities is a simple process.

Please contact the Development Office at (207) 602-4460 or email for more information.

IRA Rollover Gifts

IRA Rollover Gifts

If you are 70 ½ or older and have a traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you can use your required minimum distribution to support Thornton Academy through an IRA Charitable Rollover gift.

For your gift to qualify:

  • You must be 70 ½ or older at the time of your gift.
  • The transfer must go directly from your IRA to Thornton Academy.
  • Your total annual IRA Charitable Rollovers cannot exceed $100,000.
  • Your gift must be made to Thornton Academy by December 31.
  • Your gift must be outright. IRA Charitable Rollover gifts to donor-advised funds or life-income vehicles such as charitable gift annuities or charitable remainder trusts are not permitted.

An IRA Charitable Rollover Gift May Benefit You:

  • As an easy and convenient way to make a gift from one of your major assets. You may also consider renewing or increasing your annual gift with your IRA Charitable Rollover;
  • As an exclusion from your gross income; and
  • By counting toward your required minimum distribution.

Gifts from abroad

To make a gift from a foreign account, please contact Director of Development Haley Thompson at or 207-602-4460.