Greetings from the Advancement Office
Like all independent schools, Harpeth Hall depends upon the generosity of our community to sustain and advance the school’s mission of educational excellence. Since the founding of Harpeth Hall in 1951, trustees, parents, alumnae, grandparents, parents of alumnae, faculty, and friends have built the campus our students enjoy today. Our donors have also built the endowment that supports every aspect of our educational program. Annual Fund gifts help the school operate at the highest level by supplementing tuition revenue in order to meet the budgeted expenses each year. As Marian Wright Edelman wrote, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” At Harpeth Hall, girls become confident leaders armed with the motivation to pursue their bravest ambitions and the skills to achieve them. Support from our community is a vital element of their success and the continuation of Harpeth Hall’s mission.
Director of Advancement
The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising programs at Harpeth Hall. As an independent school, Harpeth Hall receives no government funding and relies on tuition and charitable gifts as the primary source of funding. Your gift immediately benefits each student and faculty member by enriching essential academic and co-curricular programs including faculty professional development, financial aid, service learning and other co-curricular offerings. It also provides for the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful campus and facilities. The funds raised go directly into the operating budget and are used the same year they are received.
Gifts to endowment provide a permanent source of support for faculty salaries, financial aid, and long-term maintenance of our campus. Although the specific use may vary greatly, endowment funds have a common objective: to provide support not just for one year, or even one generation, but in perpetuity. Four percent of our endowment value supplements the operating budget each year.
Capital contributions are larger and generally given over a period of years to support “bricks and mortar” projects, campus expenses, and campus infrastructure. Contributions for capital projects have built the campus our students enjoy today.
Planned gifts generally evolve from estate planning. Planned gifts range from life-income gifts, to bequests, to creative arrangements using retirement-plan benefits. Some people choose to make an outright gift of assets such as stocks, bonds, and property. Making a planned gift may allow you to give more than you ever thought possible and, at the same time, benefit from tax advantages or income for a term of years or life.