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Generations of Giving

At Greensboro Day School, we are fortunate to enjoy a culture of giving and support, providing us with vital financial resources every independent school needs to thrive and grow. Parents, trustees, alumni, grandparents, faculty, past parents, and friends have contributed with a spirit of generosity that makes Greensboro Day School the premiere 2 year old through 12th grade school in the Triad.
Since the founding of our school, tax-deductible gifts to the Annual Fund:
  • support faculty salaries
  • promote individual opportunities for our students in all divisions
  • add technology to classrooms
  • contribute to financial assistance
  • give our school a leading edge in educational excellence
Because the Annual Fund is 3% of the GDS operating budget, it is a critical part of everything we do.

Annual Fund 2020-21

  1. 100
  2. 90
  3. 80
  4. 70
  5. 60
  6. 50
  7. 40
  8. 30
  9. 20
  10. 10
  11. 0
Goal: $600,000.00
Current $3,900.00
Remaining $596,100.00

21-22 Annual Fund Chairs

We are excited to introduce Elizabeth Harrington Payonk '97 and Phil Payonk as our 2021-22 Annual Fund First Chairs. They are the parents of Liza '28, Mac '30, and Ward '32. The Payonk Family has been deeply involved in the life of Greensboro Day School since the late 80's, and we are thankful to have them lead the Annual Fund during the 2021-22 year. 

We are excited to have the Payonks as they lead a dedicated group of parent volunteers to help us reach our goal of $600,000 and 100% parent participation. This year, one of our focuses is to ensure everyone understands the Annual Fund and the important role it plays in supporting the operating budget each school year. 

The Annual Fund:
  • Helps bridge the $1,600 gap between tuition and the actual cost of attending Greensboro Day School. This allows you to make a tax-deductible donation to support the school.
  • Helps the school afford many of the investments it made to make in-person learning a reality for our students.  Without these investments, it is likely that our students would not be in person or be able to remote in from home.
We look forward to Elizabeth and Phil's leadership this year as the annual fund is as important as it has ever been due to the additional costs associated with continuing to operate safely in-person.
    • Phil, Liza, Elizabeth, Ward, and Mac Payonk

Annual Fund Facts

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund is GDS’ most important ongoing fundraising activity, raising over $600,000 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. This is the foundation for all that we do.

    Because tuition doesn’t cover the entire cost of a GDS education (there is typically an $1,600 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.
  • Q: 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 gifts are never listed. Donors can make gifts in honor or memory of a teacher, a family member or someone special and they are listed in the Annual Report. 
  • Q: 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 any time during the school year, we encourage that you make your pledge now.
  • Q: What is a Leadership Gift?

    Leadership gifts for the 2021-22 school year are those gifts of $1,970 or more.  We are asking everyone to consider joining the 1970 Society with a gift of $1,970 in honor of our founding year and in celebration of our 50th anniversary.

    Leadership gifts represent 88% of annual fund dollars raised in a given year. Gifts of every size make a difference, and every gift is appreciated.
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