What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is the GDS’ most important ongoing fundraising activity, raising well over $500,000 for the current school year budget. The Annual Fund helps provide for the same items covered in the budget: teacher salaries, classroom supplies, specialist programs, arts, athletics, technology, and more.
Because tuition doesn’t cover the entire cost of a GDS education (there is typically an $1,800 - $2,000 difference per student), we ask every family to support the Annual Fund at a level that is appropriate to their own family budget and one that shows your pride in being part of the GDS community.
Who gives to the Annual Fund?
Over 1,000 members of the GDS community (parents, alumni, faculty, grandparents, friends) make unrestricted donations each year that go directly into our annual operating budget. This includes more than eight out of ten families. Click here to learn more.
What is a leadership gift?
Leadership gifts are those of $1,000 or more and represent 88% of all funds raised. Gifts of every size make a difference, and every gift is appreciated.
How are gifts recognized?
GDS values your support! Every year, we recognize our donors in our Annual Report, both by who you are (parents, alumni or grandparents, for example) and the giving level in which you participate. Specific gift amounts are never listed.
Donors making gifts in honor or memory of a teacher, a family member or someone special are listed in the Annual Report along with the name of their designee.
Annual Fund First: Then & Now
For the past 42 years, supporting GDS has been a philanthropic priority for many people in our community. Year after year, donors repeat their gifts to the Annual Fund, ensuring that Greensboro Day School continues to provide an unparalleled education.
Why commit now?
Because GDS Annual Fund dollars are part of this year’s budget, it’s crucial that the Board of Trustees and the Finance Committee know that we will meet our goal in the fall in order to plan for the remainder of the year. While we realize that everyone may choose to fulfill their pledge at anytime during the school year, we ask that you make your pledge now.