The Garden Fund is the corner stone of all fundraising at Garden School – the foundation upon which other fundraising efforts rest. The Garden Fund at Garden generates revenue that supports core activities, program enrichment, and school development. Garden Fund revenues provide the extra margin of excellence not afforded by tuition. The Garden Fund is an ongoing, annual Garden School fundraising activity, critical to the School’s operating income. It complements the fundraising from special events like our annual Garden Gala, and provides the funds necessary for the program enhancements and projects needed to maintain Garden School’s level of excellence in education.

Participation is most important! Each gift, no matter the size, makes a significant difference!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Garden Fund do?
    • Strives to close the gap between tuition and the cost of a Garden education
    • Maintains the Garden tradition of excellence in academics, arts, athletics, character and service
    • Enables Garden to offer meaningful opportunities through a wide variety of programs
    • Ensures Garden attracts and retains talented teachers who inspire a passion for learning
    • Supports the unique Garden experience!
      • Academic Excellence
      • Small Class Size
      • Enriched Education with World Travel
      • Effective Faculty, Student, and Parent Partnerships
      • Integrated Technology
      • Character Development
      • Service Learning
      • Early College Counseling
  2. I already pay tuition. Why does Garden School need more money?
    • Garden strives to keep tuition affordable for our families. Tuition covers an estimated 80% of the cost of educating a student. This is in keeping with the practice of other independent schools.
  3. How does the Garden Fund effect the Teachers’ Holiday Gift Fund?
    • The Holiday Gift Fund continues just as it has in the past. It is a Parents’ Association tradition at Garden that they sponsor a Holiday Gift Fund for teachers at the holiday time. This is a means of appreciating our teachers. The Garden Fund is a Board of Trustees-sponsored initiative that will serve to fill the gap between what tuition covers and the full cost of educating our children at Garden.
  4. Isn’t fundraising the Parents’ Association’s job?
    • The Parents’ Association’s role is to support the school in numerous ways, including fundraising for faculty appreciation and special events for the students. Each year, your contributions to the Parents’ Association fundraisers help to finance those activities. Their efforts do not directly target the core operating budget of the school. This is the role of the Garden Fund.
  5. Doesn’t the Gala raise enough money to cover the gap?
    • At independent schools, including Garden, an annual Gala is a critical component of fundraising as well as an event that builds our community spirit. However, it doesn’t fully cover the gap.
  6. Can’t Garden apply for grants from foundations?
    • Yes, once we are able to demonstrate that a large percentage of families, alumni, faculty, and board members are consistently contributing.
  7. I wish I could help, but things are financially tight right now.
    • Participation in the Garden Fund is what is most important. Each gift, no matter what amount, will help us attain a high participation rate, which is key to qualifying for grant money.

Giving Tiers

All of our donors are recognized on our Donor Roll.

The Cupola Club
$10,000 and up

The 1923 Centennial Club
$5,000 – $9,999

The Head of School’s Club
$1,500 – $4,999

The Griffin Club
$500 – $1,499

The Friends of Garden Club
Up to $499

The Young Alumni Club
Until 10th Anniversary

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