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Giving to GDS

Who Gives to Greensboro Day School?

People contribute to Greensboro Day School for a variety of reasons, and in a variety of ways. Parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, past families, organizations, and community friends give generously each year to support the educational mission of GDS.

 Why Do They Give?

Built on the philosophy that friendship, scholarship, sportsmanship and honor are the foundations of strong character, GDS is our community's premier independent Pre-K through 12 school preparatory school. Since 1970, GDS has maintained a tradition of superior education while encouraging intellectual curiosity, openness to new ideas, the courage to think independently and a love of learning among its students.

Because of the foresight of the parents who founded GDS, as well as continued strong leadership, the school has grown and developed to meet the demands of an ever-changing educational landscape. Today, the founders' children - now GDS alumni - are assuming leadership roles in the community and in shaping our school's future. In fact, many of them are GDS parents themselves, joining others to craft an innovative and challenging vision for Greensboro Day School's future.

Some donors give out of a sense of service, or a desire to repay a benefit they received earlier in their life. Others give because they believe in Greensboro Day School and the contribution it makes to the quality of life or its students and the community. Giving to Greensboro Day School helps ensure the future of the institution and makes a distinctive difference in children's lives.

The act of giving is highly personal. Gifts can be made outright or deferred. Gifts can be used immediately or invested to earn an annual income supporting a specific purpose. An Annual Fund First gift has immediate impact on the School by supporting on-going operations, including faculty salaries. Gifts that are invested in the School's endowment provide a permanent stream of income for a specific purpose chosen by the donor, or can be designated for a general purpose fund such as financial aid or professional development. Capital gifts fund classroom, athletic, art and other facilities, and land acquisition.

How Can You Help?

If you are considering a gift - annual, capital, or endowment - we encourage you to discuss your ideas with us. Communication is the best guarantee that we will be able to honor your wishes and provide for the School's priority needs. Our development professionals are trained to work with you and your advisors to ensure that you can consider all giving options, and are prepared to understand which option may be best for you.

Emily Thompson, Director of Annual Giving - Annual Fund First 336-288-8590 ext. 211

Tommy Webb, Assistant Head of School, Planned Giving 336-288-8590 ext. 204


Meet the Advancement Staff

Emily Thompson
Director of Annual Giving

288.8590, ext. 211



Susan Davis
Director of Communications and Marketing

288.8590, ext. 214


Michael Sumner '04
Director of Alumni Programs

288.8590, ext. 210


Beth Barnwell
Advancement Services - Data Management
288.8590, ext. 233


Nancy Roberts
Advancement Services - Gift Processing and Reporting
288.8590, ext. 230


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