The years children spend at Saint Mark’s are the most formative of their lives. We must do everything we can during these primary years to ensure that our students go on to middle school, high school, college, and their professional careers with the thirst for knowledge, foundational skills, and self-confidence to succeed.
Saint Mark’s is grateful for the investment of gifts, talent, and time from our community. There are many ways our parents, grandparents, alumni families, and friends support the school each year through philanthropic giving and volunteering.
There are three main instances we ask families to support the school: the Saint Mark’s Annual Fund, the Spring Event organized by the Parent Association, and special initiative projects at the school, such as a campaign for capital projects or endowment funds. We recognize that not every family is able to contribute at the same level, so when we ask for a gift we hope every family will make a gift that is meaningful to them. Together, we can accomplish so much for our school.
Saint Mark’s Annual Fund
The Saint Mark’s Annual Fund is the school’s most important fundraising initiative each year. The Annual Fund represents nearly 10% of the school’s annual operating budget and is critical to our day-to-day operations. The impact of the Annual Fund is evident across the school from the Teacher Intern program to technology upgrades, professional development for faculty, and tuition assistance for families. Like every independent school, Saint Mark’s relies on the generosity of our community to meet our Annual Fund goal every year.
Donations to the 2020-21 Annual Fund will be used to meet some of the school’s specific needs, including the following:
• technology to support distance learning
• cleaning and maintenance to ensure a safe and healthy campus
• additional tuition assistance funds for families in our community
• professional development and training resources for faculty
• Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity programming for teachers, staff, students, and parents
We are proud of our community’s strong commitment to the Annual Fund! For nearly a decade, 100% of current families, faculty and staff, and the Board of Trustees have participated in the Annual Fund. Grandparents, relatives, alumni families, and friends also contribute and play an important part in ensuring that Saint Mark’s is able to provide a nurturing environment for every child. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the school is usually eligible for matching gifts from companies. Please check with your employer about any available opportunities.
We launch the Annual Fund 100% in 100 Days drive in the fall, focus on fundraising in the fall and winter, and strive to secure 100% family participation by January, helping the school leadership to plan for the remainder of the school year.
Please contact Irene Mason, Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-798-8858, with any questions.
Annual Fund Giving Levels & Recognition
Head of School: $25,000+
Benefactor of Saint Mark’s: $10,000 to $24,999
Lion’s Roar: $5,000 to $9,999
Leadership: $3,000 to $4,999
Lion’s Pride: $1,500 to $2,999
Lion’s Den: $1,000 to $1,499
Lion’s Mane: $250 to $999
Friends: Up to $249
Donors are recognized at the level that reflects their total annual giving to the Saint Mark’s Annual Fund and restricted annual gifts to current operations, including corporate matching gifts. Donors who contribute to the Annual Fund at the Leadership level and above are invited to attend an annual donor recognition event with the Head of School and Board of Trustees.