Major Gifts

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Major gifts made by individuals and foundations have an immediate and profound impact on all who walk the halls of Whitfield, and continue to impact our students, our alumni and our faculty for years to come.  As a school and as a community we are stronger because of the generosity of so many.

Funding Priorities

Whitfield continues to seek funding for the three initiatives below, identified through The Campaign for Whitfield.  Of course, many other needs exist including support for: maintaining our buildings and grounds, capital improvements, academic and extracurricular programs.  We welcome an opportunity to learn about your areas of greatest interest and develop a plan to align your passions with Whitfield’s needs.

 

Faculty Compensation 
Recruiting and retaining a faculty of the highest caliber is vital to Whitfield’s student-centered educational experience.
 
Tuition Assistance
A robust need-based tuition assistance program is an investment in the immeasurable potential of children.  It is critical for both the success of our school and the fulfillment of our mission.
 
Fiscal Sustainability
Support of Whitfield’s fiscal sustainability helps eliminate our debt, bolsters our operating budget and contributes to the school’s long-term institutional health.
 

FUND STRUCTURES

Spend Down Fund

Major gifts to Whitfield can be structured in two primary ways.  In spend down funds, the gift principal is wholly available to support the project or program as intended.  Most often, the gift is divided to support the project or program over several years.

Endowment Fund

Endowment funds provide stable, perennial financial support.  Whitfield is glad to invest your major gift into our permanently restricted endowment.  You may choose to add your support to an existing endowment fund, or, in collaboration with school leadership, establish a new endowment fund for a project or program.  Endowments are designed to keep the principal corpus intact so it can grow over time, but allow Whitfield to use the annual investment income for programs, or operations, or purposes specified by the donor(s).

WHITFIELD'S ENDOWMENT

Whitfield’s permanently restricted and board-allocated endowment is a collection of funds that support students, faculty, staff and programs. Each year approximately 5% of the school’s operations are funded by the endowment harvest, making it one of three primary sources of revenue, along with tuition (77%) and annual gifts (13%).
 
Through gifts to The Campaign for Whitfield, the endowment has grown significantly over the past few years.  Additional endowment support is an investment in the financial health of Whitfield for generations of students to come.
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Questions? 
Contact Kelly Edwards, 314-415-1254
Director of Development