Annual Fund

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the Annual Fund?

    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?

    Yes. Gifts to Holy Innocents' qualify as charitable contributions and can be fully deducted to the limit of IRS regulations.
  • What is the difference between the Capital Campaign and the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund provides resources by which we live. The Capital Campaign provides resources by which we grow. As we look to the future of HIES with new buildings and fields, we still incur our annual operating costs. While a Capital Campaign gift will help build facilities and endowment support, an Annual Fund gift helps operate the school and supports existing school programs for all students. HIES just completed the One School Campaign.
  • Why is my participation important?

    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.
  • What is a matching gift?

    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.

  • What kind of things has the Annual Fund supported recently?

    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.

Thank You!

This year, we completed the fiscal year with 89% of Holy Innocents' parents that pledged or gave to the Annual Fund.  A special thank you to all of our families for a great year for the Annual Fund.

Leadership Circle

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 2016-2017, there were 186 families in the Leadership Circle.

The Holy Innocents’ Leadership Circle includes eleven giving levels:

Earl Dolive Giving Society ($50,000 or more)
Named in honor of Holy Innocents' Grandparent, Earl Dolive, who has generously championed the Annual Fund for many years.

The Founders' Circle ($25,000 - $49,999)
Honoring those individuals who had the foresight and desire to provide for a school that develops in students a love of learning, respect for self and others, faith in God, and a sense of service to the world community.

Bishop’s Council ($10,000 - $24,999)
Recognizing the school’s historical link to the Episcopal Church and the Bishop of Atlanta’s presence on the Board of Trustees.

Trustees’ Circle ($7,500 - $9,999)
Remembering the members of the Board of Trustees who helped establish and have provided distinctive leadership to Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School since 1959.

Lillabel West Society ($5,000-$7,499)
The Lillabel West Society is named in memory of the first Director of Holy Innocents’ Parish Day School. In 1959, seventy-two students were enrolled in three-year-old through first-grade classes under the leadership of Mrs. West.

Head of School's Circle ($2,500-$4,999)
Recognizing the commitment and prestige of the seven headmasters who have led Holy Innocents’ since 1959.

1959 Society ($1,959-$2,499)
Commemorating the 1959 founding of Holy Innocents’ Parish Day School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ursidae Society ($1,000-$1,958)
Recognizing Golden Bears of the Bear family.

Anniversary Club ($500-$999)

Crimson and Gold Club ($250-$499)

Torchbearer Club ($1-$249)
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Holy Innocents’ is the largest Episcopal parish day school in the United States, a fully accredited, college-preparatory day school for 3-year-olds through 12th-grade boys and girls.