Why should I donate to Grace Episcopal Day School?
As a member of an independent school family, you have joined a long and respected tradition in education. Since the 18th century, independent schools have served American families seeking the finest education for their children. The partnership between our school and our families ensures long-term growth and support of our quality educational and spiritual environment. This investment in your child’s future goes beyond tuition dollars. Your time, talent, and treasure are essential components to an independent school education.
What does the school expect of us?
GEDS has achieved a level of excellence that would not be possible without the support of voluntary gifts. Tuition does not cover the complete cost of educating a child at Grace. In fact, tuition revenue only covers approximately 80% of our operating budget; GEDS relies on charitable, tax deductible, giving to bridge this gap.
While all of the various fund raising efforts that you take part in are very important to the school, the most crucial to the continued success of Grace Episcopal Day School is your involvement in the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund truly is what keeps us on the cutting edge of educational advances. In order to reach our fullest potential, we need to achieve 100% participation in the Annual Fund from our parents; just as we historically do from our faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees.
To continue the unique traditions and values of GEDS, we ask for your participation in our Annual Fund and other fundraisers to the extent that you are financially able. Participation in our periodic Capital Campaigns, which are necessary to provide new facilities, is also needed. We are blessed to have supporters who understand the financial resources it takes to offer our first rate program.
Why doesn’t the school charge enough to cover operating costs?
Grace was founded with a strong belief in providing affordable educations. If tuition were increased to cover the actual costs of all programs, many families could not afford to send their children here. This could mean a drop in our enrollment, resulting in a cutback of our programs and substantial tuition increases in order to fund all operations; all of which would affect each child’s education. Additionally, charitable gifts would be even more difficult to obtain given the increased cost of sending a child to the school and this would hinder our ability to finance many of the important campus programs and improvements made possible by charitable support.
What is the difference between “The Annual Fund” and a Capital Campaign?
The Annual Fund is the school’s primary way of bridging the tuition income to operating expense gap. We rely on contributions from all constituents: trustees, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends of the school. The Annual Fund is designed to offset annual expenses; therefore, when a gift is pledged, it is generally payable by the end of the academic year.
Capital Campaigns, on the other hand, are conducted periodically to provide significant funds for growth such as endowment, construction/renovations or extensive equipment purchases. Contributions towards a capital campaign are normally pledged over a three to five year period.
Why should I volunteer at GEDS?
National studies have drawn a link between parental involvement in school and positive performance by students. When families and schools work together, children will perform better academically, stay in school longer, and enjoy the process of learning more. As a parent of a child at GEDS, you are embraced as a member of the Grace Parents Association. This organization plans and supports fund raising events for the school throughout the year. They also work to build positive social relationships between families, support school faculty, and foster school spirit. Parental involvement is a crucial part of school success.
Take the Next Step!
There are many ways for you to make a tremendous impact on our fine school. Please feel free to contact at any time to talk about how you can help.
Grace Episcopal Day School is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC). Grace is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and the Board of Regents of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida.