“Giving is not only about making a donation, it’s about making a difference.” —Kathy Calvin


The Cottage School’s Advancement Department strives to bridge the gap between the cost of tuition and the funding needed to keep TCS at the forefront of education through a variety of creative and accessible means that promote community engagement, including grants, fundraisers, events, and public relations.

Key Annual Fund

Your Dollars Can Make the Difference

Through annual fund donations TCS is able to bridge the gap between what tuition fees cover and actual cost per student to receive the best learning environment possible.  By raising $100k+ per year (on average) through contributions from our Board of Directors, facility & staff, TCS families (past and present) and community involvement events we are able to give your student so much more.

The Key Annual Fund keeps tuition costs lower, improvements to technology, campus enhancements, staff development and training.

Additionally, when we achieve 100% participation (in any amount) by every member of our Board of Directors, faculty & staff and TCS families we become eligible for more grants and funding from outside sources and corporations.

Find out today whether your company offers a donation matching program and double your potential contribution.


Board of Directors


Family & Friends


Faculty & Staff

2023/24 Key Annual Fund Goal – $110,000

Tangela McFarlane

Tangela McFarlane

Director of Philanthropy, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Tangela McFarlane, Director of Advancement

Tangela joined The Cottage School in 2014 as Director of Special Events, and in 2021 as Director of Philanthropy, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. In her current role as Director of Advancement, her mission is two-fold. To lead the Advancement team with a focus on stewardship and donor strategy, through the planning, management, and implementation of all fundraising, marketing, communications, alumni engagement, and community building initiatives; To foster and support inclusion in all areas of The Cottage School.

“Advancing philanthropy through the giving and receiving of gifts is where my passion and creativity connect. I am thankful to be a part of a community that aligns with my innate abilities to lead, personal desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and the opportunity to exercise acquired business attributes.”

Tangela grew up in Mobile, AL, with additional career moves to Florida, Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. With a background in accounting and auditing from Florida A&M University and a BA degree, she brings a wealth of real-world knowledge of budgeting, time management and the organization needed to manage and execute events on all levels. Her involvement with non-profits and fundraising spans more than twenty-five years and includes partnerships with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Morehouse College Renaissance Room-Clothes Closet, The King Center, BET/Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, and the Galloway School, to name a few. Besides being actively involved and passionate about meeting the needs of The Cottage School, Tangela enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and is an avid lover of the Arts.

You can reach Tangela at TangelaM@cottageschool.org

Ways to Give

Georgia GOAL

Through Georgia’s Education Expense Credit, the GOAL Scholarship Program allows taxpayers to play a vital role in improving K-12 educational opportunities. As Georgia’s leading student scholarship organization, in partnership with 139 participating schools, GOAL is providing thousands of children throughout the Peach State with Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning – “GOAL.”

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops for Education gives families an easy way to earn cash for their school, with products they already buy. Now you can simply scan your store receipt with the Box Tops mobile app to identify participating products and instantly add cash to The Cottage School’s earnings online!

Kroger Community Rewards

Enroll in Kroger Rewards and money from each purchase will go back to The Cottage School.

Publix Partners

Based on a minimum earning of $250 per quarter, The Cottage School will receive a check as often as four times a year.

Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to The Cottage School.

We Accept

Thank You to Our Community Partners!