The Annual Fund provides unrestricted income for programs that are critical to the HIES experience, including direct support for academic programs, computer and laboratory upgrades, funds for attracting and retaining top faculty, resources for the three libraries, and materials and equipment for fine arts and athletic programs. These resources touch the lives of each student.
Independent schools are expensive. Why must money be raised every year in addition to tuition? Tuition does not cover all of the annual cost of educating students. Like other independent schools, HIES must rely on the Annual Fund and income from investments to help provide program enhancements and bridge the gap between tuition income and the actual cost of operating the School.
- Are gifts to the Annual Fund tax deductible?
- What is the difference between the Capital Campaign and the Annual Fund?
- Why is my participation important?
- What is a matching gift?
- What kind of things has the Annual Fund supported recently?
HIES needs every member of the community to make the school a charitable giving priority by making a gift to the Annual Fund. When we approach foundations and corporations for grants, they strongly consider the percentage of participation of giving to the Annual Fund. Participation is viewed as an indicator of support for the School and its mission.
Many companies have a matching gift program in which the company will match your gift to the Holy Innocents' Episcopal School. Please check to see if your employer participates in the matching gift program. If so, they will provide the necessary forms to initiate the match. These forms are usually found on your company’s website or in your Human Resources office.
Annual Fund dollars are pooled with tuition revenue and used to fund whatever the school's greatest needs may be. This being the case, the Annual Fund pays for a piece of everything that affects your child's educational experience. Without question, our school would be impoverished in every area - academics, athletics, arts and spirituality - without the support of a successful Annual Fund.
The 2018 – 2019 Annual Fund reached 90% parent participation. A special thank you to all of our families for a great year for the Annual Fund.
The Leadership Circle recognizes the school’s most loyal and generous supporters, those contributing $1,959 and more on an annual basis. Members receive invitations to a Leadership Circle event and invitations to other special events throughout the year. In 2018-2019, there were 211 families in the Leadership Circle.
The Holy Innocents’ Leadership Circle includes eleven giving levels:
- Earl Dolive Giving Society
- The Founders' Circle
- Bishop's Council
- Trustees' Circle
- Lillabel West Society
- Head of School's Circle
- 1959 Society
- Ursidae Society
- Anniversary Club
- Crimson and Gold Club
- Torchbearer Club