Education is the cornerstone of a healthy community and a strong democracy. We believe every child has the right to an exceptional education. Rochester School for the Deaf helps deaf and hard-of-hearing children reach their full learning potential by transcending language barriers that can impede learning. Many of the programs and tools RSD faculty and staff utilize to overcome these barriers and facilitate learning are the result of generous gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations. Gifts to RSD are used to support academic enrichment and student activities, as well as family support and education.

If you are interested in making a difference in child's life by supporting RSD's learning initiatives, or you would like to learn more about how you can help our students succeed, please contact Bill Keenan Director of RSD Fund Development at 585- 336-5884. send e-mail

The Gilman Perkins Fund

The late Gilman Perkins, 1926–2015, was a longtime member of the Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) Board of Directors and Advisory Council. He was a great-grandson of RSD’s founders, Gilman and Caroline Perkins, and is remembered by many for his tireless support of RSD students as a friend and generous benefactor.

In order to continue Gil’s legacy of caring at RSD, his children Gilman C. Perkins, Rebecca D. Perkins and Cornelia N. Perkins Johnston established The Gilman Perkins Fund for RSD Student Needs in 2016. The purpose of this Fund is to help Deaf or hard-of-hearing RSD students overcome financial obstacles that may impede them from achieving academic, social or career success. This includes any legitimate student need for which parental support is not readily available, such as school supplies, participation in special events, warm coats and boots, and athletic equipment.

RSD welcomes ongoing, private, tax-deductible gifts to further the charitable purposes of this Fund. Every donation to the Fund goes directly to the students served by the Fund’s vision, providing them with those things—both small and large —that will help them succeed.

If you are interested in helping us support RSD children, please consider making a gift to The Gilman Perkins Fund by clicking on DONATE NOW here, below , or in the right sidebar, and selecting The Gilman Perkins Fund in the “Designation” dropdown box. You also can mail your gift to Rochester School for the Deaf, Attention: Gilman Perkins Fund, 1545 St. Paul St., Rochester, NY 14621. Thank you!


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