2017-2018 Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising at Garden School – the foundation upon which other fundraising efforts rest.

The Annual Fund at Garden generates revenue that supports core activities, program enrichment, and school development. Annual Fund revenues provide the extra margin of excellence not afforded by tuition.

The Annual Fund is an ongoing, annual Garden School fundraising activity, critical to the School’s operating income. It complements the fundraising from special events, and provides the funds necessary for the program enhancements and projects needed to maintain Garden School’s level of excellence in education.

Participation is most important, and each gift, no matter the size, makes a difference!


2017-2018 Annual Fund Letter Coming Soon!

2016-2017 Annual Fund Letter

September 21, 2016

Dear Garden School Parents,

Welcome back! With school now in session, your family is back in the busy and productive Garden community routine of planned field trips, rekindled friendships, creative projects and homework, and afterschool clubs and sports teams. Perhaps, you as a parent are being reminded about why you chose to enroll your child at Garden School in the first place. I trust that you are inspired again at how Garden School takes seriously the trust you have placed in us, and follows through on its commitment by investing itself fully in the education of your child.

Just as Garden School is investing in your child and family, we need you to invest in the school and right now, the Annual Fund needs your help. As you know, like all independent schools, Garden’s tuition does not cover the entire cost of educating your child. Every year, it is standard for a “fundraising” line item to be included in an independent school’s budgeted income. Therefore, the school depends on this annual fundraising, and especially the Annual Fund, to support the successful implementation of Garden School’s mission.

Last year, this community raised over $50,000 towards the Annual Fund and we thank you for your support in achieving that milestone. With your help, Garden has continued to improve its educational offerings and its physical plant in ways seen and unseen:

  • With the assistance and support of the PTA and the Library Committee, we completed a much-needed renovation of the Library;
  • 40 new computers were purchased for the computer room and classrooms;
  • A cashless, electronic payment system was installed in the cafeteria;
  • Two new commercial refrigerators were purchased for the kitchen;
  • Much needed new and more efficient heating boilers were purchased for the main building.
  • Naturally, we have plans for more program and facility improvements, which is why your participation in the Annual Fund is so critical.

    While the size of your donation is important and we encourage you to be generous, our goal is 100% participation within the Garden Community, and we need your help to achieve that goal. Our Board of Trustees has demonstrated its leadership by already achieving that goal with gifts totaling over $10,000 to the Library renovation, and has set its goals higher for the Annual Fund. In support of Garden School’s Mission, and in recognition of the investment and trust you have placed in your child’s school, we ask you make a donation now to the Annual Fund and help us reach this goal.

    Please join me in celebrating our school and in supporting its mission to educate our students to the highest of academic, social and personal standards.

    Please go to www.gardenschool.org/giving for information or Click here to make your gift to Garden online. On behalf of all alumni, current and future generations of Garden students, we thank you for your generosity.


    Richard Marotta, Ph.D. – Headmaster

    Michael Rakosi – President, Board of Trustees


    Jean Kinn – Alumni Parent ‘06, Chair, Annual Fund, Member, Board of Trustees

    What amount should I give?

    Leadership Circle $10,000 and above
    1923 Centennial Circle $5,000 – $9,999
    Headmaster’sCircle $1,500 – $4,999
    Excellence in Education Circle $500 – $1,499
    Friends of Garden Up to $499
    Young Alumni Circle (Until 10th Reunion) $100 and up

    Most important, however, is that you participate. The link below makes donating convenient and fast. Thank you!

    Click here to make your gift to Garden online!

    Or, simply print out and complete this Annual Giving Card (to be updated soon) and mail to:

    Annual Fund

    Garden School,

    33-16 79th Street,

    Jackson Heights, NY 11372

    What Does the Annual Fund do?

    • Strives to close the gap between tuition and the cost of a Garden education
    • Maintains the Garden tradition of excellence in academics, arts, athletics, character, and service
    • Enables Garden to offer meaningful opportunities through a wide variety of programs
    • Ensures Garden attracts and retains talented teachers who inspire a passion for learning
    Thank you for supporting the unique Garden experience
    • Academic Excellence
    • Small Class Sizes
    • Enriched Education with World Travel
    • Effective Faculty, Student, Parent Partnerships
    • Integrated Technology
    • Character Development
    • Service Learning
    • Early College Counseling

    Be a part of maintaining the Garden tradition of excellence in education, arts, athletics, character and service.