St. Francis Fund
The centerpiece of our school’s fundraising initiatives, the St. Francis Fund is the first and most important gift we ask of our community each year. The St. Francis Fund provides critical resources that benefit every facet of our school’s operations, including faculty recruitment and retention, financial aid, technology, the arts, athletics, and music.
When the St. Francis Fund flourishes, so does student life in the classrooms and halls of St. Francis. We invite parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, and community members to share in our common goal to challenge and motivate students in the academically and spiritually stimulating environment that is our beloved school.
Why should I give to the St. Francis Fund?
The very nature of an independent school is that it is "independent" of state and federal funding. Therefore, we rely on tuition and the generosity of the larger St. Francis community to help our community continue to flourish.
How is St. Francis Episcopal School funded?
The school’s yearly operating budget is supported by tuition, income from our endowment, and donations from our generous community. Philanthropic gifts to the St. Francis Fund make up the difference between the actual cost of delivering an exceptional St. Francis education and the income received through tuition and the endowment.
Why doesn’t tuition cover the full cost of educating a student?
Like most independent schools, tuition at St. Francis only covers a percentage of the actual cost of educating a student. The school simply could not charge the full cost without limiting the number of qualified students who could afford to attend. We strive to keep our tuition rates as competitive as possible so that we’re able to attract—and keep—mission-appropriate students and families to St. Francis. In addition, donations to the St. Francis Fund are tax-deductible and, therefore, benefit families more than raising tuition would.
Why does my participation matter?
Many of the individuals, corporations, and foundations that consider contributing to St. Francis want to know that our St. Francis Fund is strong and widely supported by our own alumni, parents, board, and faculty. Participation is also an important measure of our strength during our Independent Schools Association of the Southwest accreditation process.
How much should we give?
Every single gift, regardless of size, is sincerely appreciated. Gifts to the St. Francis Fund last year ranged from $10 to $75,000. We sincerely hope that our donors will give prayerful and thoughtful consideration to generous giving.
For more information, please contact Sandy August, director of annual and alumni giving, at SAugust@StFrancisHouston.org or 713.458.6129.
Visionary Circle $50,000+
Private dinner with Head of School and
select senior administrators
Special recognition in annual report
Headmaster’s Circle $20,000+
Named, reserved parking space on campus
Society of Arts and Letters $10,000+
Dinner with Head of School in spring
Founder’s Circle $1,952+
Leadership Reception in winter
Recognition in annual report
Sustainers Up to $499
Recognition in annual report
St. Francis Fund Chairs
Amy and Rob Pierce
Primary School: Amanda Morrow
Lower School: Miranda Tadlock
Middle School: Jennifer McDonald
Upper School: Melissa Reeves
Pre Primary: Julie Grandt
Primary 1: Blake Shaver, Kim Nettles
Primary 2: Amanda Savoie, Amanda Morrow
Kindergarten: Allison Knight, Ellen Sheedy, Marcela Vij, Elizabeth Shackouls
Grade 1: Whitney Allen, Shelby Stratmann
Grade 2: Barbara Steen, Miranda Tadlock
Grade 3: Alison Plumhoff, Sommer Stash
Grade 4: Brenda Jones, Huntley Kubitza, Alison Meyer
Grade 5: Shelley Burrow, Laura Hutcheson
Grade 6: Jennifer McDonald, Jennifer Moore
Grade 7: Melissa Reeves
Grade 8: Virginia Evans, Maureen Perea
Grades 9 & 10: Amy Pierce