Firebird Fund

Firebird Fund

Named after the school mascot– the Firebird– The Girls’ School Annual Fund is called The Firebird Fund. Many of the enhancements and unique programs, such as music, fine arts, and robust service-learning opportunities provided at our school are a result of each year’s Firebird Fund. Charitable giving allows us to offer an exceptional education for every girl at the GSA!

Why is the Firebird Fund necessary?

An education at the Girls’ School of Austin is exceptional with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum, hands-on service-learning opportunities, and critical social and emotional learning experiences. Tuition does not cover the entire cost to educate a child at The Girls’ School. Charitable giving is important to bridging this gap to maintain excellent programs and curriculum. If you are able, please consider a leadership level gift to go above and beyond in funding an exceptional Girls’ School of Austin education.

Your gift to the The Girls’ School Firebird Fund, combined with the gifts of other parents, grandparents and friends of the school, has the cumulative power to strengthen and elevate the The Girls’ School community. Together we make The Girls’ School a place for young girls to thrive, express themselves, and feel at home while also becoming enthusiastic, confident and resourceful learners, citizens and friends. Additionally, your participation helps make a powerful statement to the larger community including outside donors and charitable foundations that look for strong support within the schools they wish to support.

Why not charge the full cost of educating a student?

Fundraising helps keep The Girls’ School tuition accessible, provides additional classroom materials and opportunities, and keeps the school diverse and open to a broad variety of students. In addition, while tuition is not tax deductible, your gifts to the school can be fully deducted. As a parent, your participation in the Firebird Fund helps you to teach, by example, the importance of giving back.  It is an opportunity for every family at The Girls’ School to discuss philanthropy and share those values as a family. And, every family who gives takes ownership in The Girls’ School and contributes to the solidarity of our community.

Does it matter when I make my pledge or gift?

Yes, it does! The Firebird Fund is a line item in the The Girls’ School budget, and it helps with planning to account for all contributions as early in the school year as possible. Therefore, families are encouraged to make their pledges as soon as they can. All pledges to the Firebird Fund should be scheduled for completion by June 30 of the current academic year.

I support the spring gala fundraiser. Why should I support the Firebird Fund, too?

The Girls’ School holds two fundraisers each year – the Firebird Fund in the fall, and the gala in the spring. Both efforts support operations, and the gala also raises a significant amount for special initiatives. These two events bookend the school year and are intended to bring both fun and funds to our community.

How much should we give?

We hope you will participate at a level that is personally meaningful to you. Your gift directly enhances your child’s education. Leadership gifts start at $3,000. Your donation is an expression of support and pride in The Girls’ School of Austin. All gifts matter and every gift makes a difference!

Giving Levels

Leadership Gifts

Soar: $5000 and above
Take Flight: $3000 – $4999

Community Gifts

Wings: $1000 – $2999
Firebird Friends: up to $999

Do you accept matching gifts?

Yes! The Girls’ School of Austin is a 501c3 qualified organization, EIN: 74-2963379. Please check with your employer to see if a matching plan exists for your charitable donation. Thank you for maximizing your gift to The Girls’ School of Austin! Contact the development office if you have questions at 512-478-7827 or via email.

Do you accept contributions of something other than cash?

Yes. We are happy to accept gifts of stock, in-kind donations, and IRA required distributions. Please contact The Girls’ School development office for specific instructions at 512-478-7827 or via email.

Giving Levels

Leadership Gifts

Soar: $5000 and above
Take Flight: $3000 – $4999

Community Gifts

Wings: $1000 – $2999
Firebird Friends: up to $999

Questions?

Allison Brubaker
Director of Development
512-478-7827
development@thegirlsschool.org