As an independent school, GCDS relies on annual giving to help fund the projects and programs that make it an exceptional institution. The ‘We Are GCDS’ Annual Fund is a significant 9% of our operating budget. This 9% impacts every corner of the school, from financial aid to faculty professional development, academics to athletics, technology to the arts.

When requesting foundation support, grant applications often ask for GCDS’ parent participation numbers. High parent participation increases our ability to secure important grant funding. Toward this end, we aim for 100% parent participation across all grades. Your participation reflects our shared commitment to GCDS today and in the future. Together we are making a difference!

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2021-2022 Total Voluntary Support: $25.9 Million

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Annual Fund Giving Levels

   Founder's Circle$75,000 +
   Orange & Black$50,000-$74,999
   American Elm Society$25,000-$49,999
Stanwich Bell$15,000-$24,999
   Warner Guild$10,000-$14,999
   Stone Cottage Society$7,500-$9,999
   Head of School Circle$5,000-$7,499
   J.L. Miner Circle$2,500-$4,999
   Tiger PrideUp to $2,499
   Tiger Cub*$30 and above 

   *Alumni 30 years old or younger


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