The Garden Fund is the corner stone of all fundraising at Garden School – the foundation upon which other fundraising efforts rest. The Garden Fund at Garden generates revenue that supports core activities, program enrichment, and school development. Garden Fund revenues provide the extra margin of excellence not afforded by tuition. The Garden Fund is an ongoing, annual Garden School fundraising activity, critical to the School’s operating income. It complements the fundraising from special events like our annual Garden Gala, 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! Each gift, no matter the size, makes a significant difference!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Garden 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
    • Supports the unique Garden experience!
      • Academic Excellence
      • Small Class Size
      • Enriched Education with World Travel
      • Effective Faculty, Student, and Parent Partnerships
      • Integrated Technology
      • Character Development
      • Service Learning
      • Early College Counseling
  2. I already pay tuition. Why does Garden School need more money?
    • Garden strives to keep tuition affordable for our families. Tuition covers an estimated 80% of the cost of educating a student. This is in keeping with the practice of other independent schools.
  3. How does the Garden Fund effect the Teachers’ Holiday Gift Fund?
    • The Holiday Gift Fund continues just as it has in the past. It is a Parents’ Association tradition at Garden that they sponsor a Holiday Gift Fund for teachers at the holiday time. This is a means of appreciating our teachers. The Garden Fund is a Board of Trustees-sponsored initiative that will serve to fill the gap between what tuition covers and the full cost of educating our children at Garden.
  4. Isn’t fundraising the Parents’ Association’s job?
    • The Parents’ Association’s role is to support the school in numerous ways, including fundraising for faculty appreciation and special events for the students. Each year, your contributions to the Parents’ Association fundraisers help to finance those activities. Their efforts do not directly target the core operating budget of the school. This is the role of the Garden Fund.
  5. Doesn’t the Gala raise enough money to cover the gap?
    • At independent schools, including Garden, an annual Gala is a critical component of fundraising as well as an event that builds our community spirit. However, it doesn’t fully cover the gap.
  6. Can’t Garden apply for grants from foundations?
    • Yes, once we are able to demonstrate that a large percentage of families, alumni, faculty, and board members are consistently contributing.
  7. I wish I could help, but things are financially tight right now.
    • Participation in the Garden Fund is what is most important. Each gift, no matter what amount, will help us attain a high participation rate, which is key to qualifying for grant money.

Giving Tiers

All of our donors are recognized on our Donor Roll.

The Cupola Club
$10,000 and up

The 1923 Centennial Club
$5,000 – $9,999

The Head of School’s Club
$1,500 – $4,999

The Griffin Club
$500 – $1,499

The Friends of Garden Club
Up to $499

The Young Alumni Club
Until 10th Anniversary

Thank You To Our Donors

The 1923 Centennial Club (5,000-9,999)

The Koeppel Family

Florence and Robert Rosen Family Foundation

William and Ellen Shaffaer


The Head of Schools Club (1,500-4,999)

The Badavas Family

Donald Berhang

The Cabrera Family

The Castro Family

Jennifer Durst and De Cong Tran DPM

The Fong Frederick Family

Andrea Gere

The Goldberg Family

The Hwang Sulc Family

The Khan Liriano Family

Jean Kinn

Robyn O’Sullivan

Monowara Parvin

Shaburnikov Family

The Stamford Family


The Griffin Club (500-1,499)
The Allen Family


Bhutia Family

Commons-Deb Family

Georges Derrien

Dolias Family

The Dugger-Abebe Family (Nisai, Hanna & Cyrus)

Lawrence and Maxine Durst

David Faux

Lara Glorioso

Arthur Gruen

Lobsang Green

The Grippo-Morath Family

Lisette Molina Gurevich

John Hale

John Hofbauer

The Kang-Yoo Family

Barbara Li Santi

Enrique and Esperanza Maldonado

The Maloney Family

Mary Maisano

Mouchette Family

Mountainspring Family

The Nagel-Krosney Family

The Paek Family

Prostowhich Family

Carlos Romero

Paul Rodel and Vasislis Kokoros

Patricia Saxby

Geoffrey J. Scheinbach

Selina Sultana

Ngawang Tenzin

Erica Tunick

Judy Turner

The Vieni Family

William and Joanne Vogel

Judith Zarin


Friends of Garden Club (Up to $499)

Jamie Abell

Iris Mathew Acosta

Suzanne Adler

Fazeela Alli

Charlene Andrews








Vriginia Arce

Bettine Bakacs

The Barnes Family

Brad Battaglia 

Jacqueline Barlis

The Belmonte Family

Maria Bersimenko

Jessica Caicedo-Marino

Xin Yi Chen

Lionel Cone

Rebekah Cora 

Ryan Daley

Philip D’Anna

Marlene Dapice

The Davis Family

Christina Dekatay-Aptowitz

John Dillon

Josh Denkin

Annie Evans 

Daniel Feldman

Jenifer Feldman

Michele Ferreria

Donald Freed

The Galitos Family

Patrica Goodson

Petra Gelbart 

Jim Gaines

Jennifer Galbreath Florez

The Gomis Family

Gary Guyana

Chritine Haddad 

Kristen Hague

Kim Hayes

Victoria Healy

Matthew Helsing

Darlene Hensch

Douglas Herman

Karl Herman 

The Herrera Family

The James Family

Christian Johannesen

The Bonner Family

Kim A Kastens

Mary Kekatos 

Lale Deniz Kiziltug

Robert Kurtfist

Tenzin Lhamo

The Mandel Family

Kristen Manson

Jessica Marn 

Richard Marotta

Katherine Mcabbe Smith

Lisa McCormick Schmon

Courtney Mcglynn

Jacqueline McMillian

The Melara Family

Geoffrey Minckler

Joan M. Miles

The Moreira Family

Lauren Murray

Jeff Nehring
Susan Nehring 

Brenda Nitti

David Noven

Noreen O’Connell

Helen O’Reilly 

Darien Ortiz

The O’Sullivan Family

Mary Petruso

Penko Platikanov

Elinor Reinhardt

Jacquelyn Renner

Eileen Reyes

Gabriel Rhoads and Lauren Lickus

Michael Richman

The Rockwell Weisbrod Family

Cheyenne Romero

Greig Roselli

Llana Rotenburg

Llene RubenStien

Stephanie Santiago

Dean Scheinert

The Schwartz Hopchick Family

The Seidman Family

The Shapiro/Mattera Family

Pemba Sherpa

Julia Silber

Zach Simpson

Lisa Sohmer 

El Sok 

Sabrina Sukhan

Elizabeth Sullivan

Kat Sullivan

Eugene Sullivan

Kim Teniero

Teodora Todorova

Efthimia Tsavalias 

Kiril Tsemekhman

Michele Vice Maslin Rachael Vidal

Elizabeth Viener

Will Vogel, Jr.

Katie Vogel

Caloogre Volpe

Stephanie Nehring Walker

Betty Newfield Wall

Heather Wathington

Barbara Weber

Anna Whitehead

The Yu family

V. Bill Zois

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