An independent school relies upon the generosity of its families, parents of alumnae, trustees, grandparents and friends to provide an exceptional program and environment for its students. Named after the school mascot– the Firebird– The Girls’ School Annual Fund is called The Firebird Fund. Many of the enhancements and unique programs (like music and visual arts) provided at our school are a result of each year’s Firebird Fund. Annual giving allows us to offer a well-rounded education while keeping tuition affordable.
We already pay tuition. Why is the Firebird Fund necessary?
Tuition does not cover the entire cost to educate a child at The Girls’ School. Annual tuition and fees range between $12,435 and $13,850 but we will spend, on average, $15,700 on each girl’s’ education during the school year. The purpose of The Girls’ School Annual Fund is to help bridge this gap in the current operating budget.
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 annual 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, along with others, directly enhances your child’s education. Regardless of the amount, your donation is an expression of support and concern for the well-being of The Girls’ School. Every gift makes a difference!
Do you accept matching gifts?
Yes! Each year we receive gifts which are matched by employers of our donors. We encourage donors to check with their employers to see if this plan is available for them. Matching Companies in Central Texas
Do you accept contributions of something other than cash?
Yes. We are happy to accept a gift of stock – for more information, please contact The Girls’ School development director, Ivette Hawthorne at 512-478-7827 or email for proper instructions.