Giving to Summit School
Giving to Summit School is an opportunity for alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff to demonstrate to our students and to the community that our school is their charity of choice. This philanthropy showcases to all that we find the school’s mission so compelling that we are committed to support its goals. As with all independent schools, tuition only covers a portion of the cost of education. Tuition alone cannot support the research-driven curriculum, thriving fine arts programs, and essential social and leadership development opportunities that are the foundation of Summit School. Simply put, Summit School must rely on the voluntary gifts of its own community to fulfill its mission. As a result, this philanthropic support covers the gap between tuition and the true cost of providing our children with small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratios and Summit’s extraordinary curriculum and programs. Through such generosity, Summit is able to provide the best faculty and a diverse curriculum that differentiates Summit from other schools.
SHARE YOUR HEART. DO YOUR PART!
Summit School is very fortunate to have parents who support the school with donations of time, talent and treasure. Each year the Board of Trustees organizes two fundraisers that bring together a strong community to support our school, the Fall Fundraiser, and Spring Auction.
This year’s Fall Fundraiser is a month-long school-wide campaign themed ‘Share Your Heart. Do Your Part!’ It calls upon every Summit family to remember why we have chosen Summit School, and to give a generous donation to support the mission of Summit School. Every gift counts! To make a donation, please use the Donate button above. Summit School is a 501(c) (3) non-profit.
The Annual Fund: What it Is and Why it Is Important
The Annual Fund is the main source used to cover the gap between tuition and the overall cost of running the school. We depend upon the Annual Fund not only to meet basic operating needs of the school but also to enhance programs and opportunities offered to our students and faculty. Additionally, high levels of participation in Annual Fund giving are a staple at all high-performing independent schools, allowing for maximum flexibility to create, develop, and maintain the pre-eminent learning and teaching environment that our community has come to expect. This Fund helps to ensure that Summit School maintains:
- An outstanding faculty
- A diverse student body
- An exceptional curriculum
- Consequential leadership and developmental opportunities
- A rich variety of fine arts programs
- Facility improvements
Annual Fund and Tuition
Summit School has made the conscious decision not to raise tuition to meet all of the operating expenses of the school. We have done this because tuition is not tax-deductible for families, so raising tuition to cover expenses provides no added benefit to families. A strong Annual Fund helps keep tuition increases at a minimum and allows for an added tax deduction for families.
Annual Fund and Ways to Give
This fund begins each year on July 1st and ends on June 30th. There are three ways to give to the Summit School Annual Fund:
- Donate at the Fall Event
- Donate at the Spring Gala
- Donate directly to the school throughout the year
It is our expectation that every family will give according to their ability, so we have identified different giving levels in order to assist our community in this effort and achieve 100% participation. No gift is too small. All donations are appreciated. Provided below are the different levels of giving that have been developed for the Annual Fund:
Annual Gift Levels:
- Legacy Society $10,000 and above
- Star Society $5,000 – $9,999
- Phoenix Society $2,000 – $4,999
- Leadership Society $1,000 – $1,999
- Community Society $1 – $999
Ways To Give
The Summit Fund
Everything we do at Summit is possible because of your support and contributions to the Summit Fund, which touches many lives and gives all of our students the strong foundation needed to become leaders. Your generosity has helped perpetuate Summit’s growing tradition of academic excellence for today’s students and tomorrow’s graduates.
What is the Summit Fund?
The Summit Fund is the school’s most vital and basic fundraising effort. Our school relies on unrestricted gifts to the Summit Fund to help provide an outstanding educational experience for our children. Tuition only provides about 90% of the cost to educate a child, leaving a gap of approximately $2,000 per child. Offering a dynamic, hands-on learning program staffed by dedicated and experienced teachers requires resources beyond tuition. Summit does not receive any state education funds, and as a non-profit organization, we depend upon the financial support of our community.
Why give to the Summit Fund?
The Summit Fund is critical to sustain the program and operations as well as influence the future growth of our school. Gifts to the Summit Fund enable you to provide support for the many programs, specials, technology infrastructure, scholarships, faculty development, and facilities improvements.
How can I give to the Summit Fund?
We are asking that all of our families contribute in some way to the Summit Fund. We understand that all gifts made to the Summit Fund will not be equal. However, all gifts made to the Summit Fund do make a difference and demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the needs of Summit. In order to keep the Summit Fund a priority, we ask that each family participate as much as possible.
Summit Fall Celebration: Every year the Summit Board of Trustees sponsors our Fall community event. Summit Challenge Dinner & Auction: Our annual Summit Challenge is our largest fundraiser of the year. This community event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to help support the many programs at Summit. Last year’s event was held in April at a local hotel. The auction had numerous live and silent items to bid on, including “must-have” teacher experiences and amazing art created by your children.
Special gifts support Summit School’s long-term strategic goals such as campus expansion, technology adoption, and athletic programs. Contact the board to learn more.
Share your legacy by including the Summit Fund in your estate plan to ensure a future of excellence and community for Summit School. Endowments are a way to leave your mark on Summit School for years to come.