The Golden Bear Annual Fund
The Annual Fund was created at HIES so that members of our community can give back to the school we all love. Every dollar raised helps our school close the gap between tuition and the actual cost to educate our students. Reaching our goal is essential to maintaining the quality education we provide to our community each year, and the Golden Bear Annual Fund should always be the first place you give.
We rely on gifts to The Golden Bear Annual Fund to enhance the full Holy Innocents' experience. To honor the interests of our donors, Holy Innocents' allows more ways to give now, so donors may direct their annual giving donation to a particular area of the school's operations that they find meaningful. Gifts to The Golden Bear Annual Fund support areas campus-wide. Please consider directing your gifts to an area of personal interest or passion.
The Golden Bear Annual Fund giving options support every HIES' student and faculty member through the operating budget. Should contributions to one of these interests exceed a particular budget area's limit, the school directs the funds to the Area of Greatest Need. Thank you for your gift to support Holy Innocents'!
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- 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 kind of things has the Annual Fund supported recently?
- Why must money be raised every school year in addition to tuition at independent schools?
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 kind of things has the Annual Fund supported recently?
Why must money be raised every school year in addition to tuition at independent schools?
Areas of Greatest Need/Where HIES Needs it Most
The Golden Bear Fund-HIES' #1 priority-provides vital resources that enhance every aspect of a HIES education and benefits every student. Gifts keep the school financially sound and allows it to be nimble when challenges may arise.
Gifts provide students with experiential learning opportunities-like the global scholar in residence, field trips, guest authors and speakers that nurture curiosity, expand service learning and provide curriculum enhancements. HIES students learn in small classes and the community fosters connections between student and teacher to flourish within the curriculum.
Gifts support robust visual and performing arts programs, including photography, film, chorus, band, orchestra, theater, photography, Ursine yearbook and C&G magazine. These programs provide teachers resources to unlock each child's creative expression and opportunities to interact with guest artists.
Gifts support HIES' outstanding athletic program-offering 59 sports teams in the Middle and Upper School, including equipment, sports medicine, training and supplies. HIES' athletic programs provide students with an array of opportunities for personal growth, physical challenge and instill core values that benefit student-athletes on and off the field.
Gifts help Holy Innocents' to recruit and retain talented faculty and staff, a counselor and nurse in each division, including an additional US counselor this year, and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff to expand their knowledge through advanced trainings.
Gifts support the integration of technology throughout the educational environment for HIES' students and faculty. These dollars allow enhancements in the classroom technology instruction incorporated into the curriculum, with fifth-graders to seniors being issued laptops via our one-to-one laptop program.
Gifts provide ongoing training for all HIES faculty on school security protocols and procedures, an additional security officer-bringing HIES Security staff to a team of four. These officers ensure the safety of the community, as well as provide essential help with parking and traffic during carpool, athletic games and special events.
The Leadership Circle recognizes the school’s most loyal and generous supporters, those contributing $1,959 and more on an annual basis. Members receive special invitations to events throughout the year like the annual donor reception and State of the School held each Spring. In 2021-2022, there were 222 families in the Leadership Circle – the most ever
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
- Loyalty Club
- Torchbearer Club
Earl Dolive Giving Society
The Founders' Circle
Lillabel West Society
Head of School's Circle
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.