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The Annual Fund is Episcopal Day School’s top philanthropic priority. We ask all parents to make a contribution to the Annual Fund. Each gift, regardless of size, is welcomed with gratitude. We ask families with the ability to do so to consider a gift at one of our leadership levels, beginning with the 1944 Society level. Many families choose to contribute at an even higher level. These leadership donors are able to realize substantial tax benefits as a result of their generosity while, at the same time, supporting the important work of the Episcopal Day School.
Frequently Asked Questions: Giving
Q: My family already pays tuition. Why am I being asked to contribute to the Annual Fund?
A: Tuition payments alone cover around 80% of the cost of educating each child. The Annual Fund helps bridge that gap, and the generosity of the community enables Episcopal Day School to moderate annual increases in tuition. Last school year, 8.4% of the school’s operating budget came from charitable gifts (For more detailed information about EDS’s revenue stream, please refer to page 15). Recently, roughly 80% of the EDS current parent body has made a gift to the Annual Fund in a given year, with Trustees and faculty contributing at a rate of 100% and 70 families giving at a leadership level. These leadership donors are able to realize substantial tax benefits as a result of their generosity while, at the same time, supporting the important work of Episcopal Day School.
Q: If you already ask for donations for the Annual Fund, what is the Golf Tournament for?
A: The annual EDS Golf Classic raises roughly $20,000 each year. Both a fun social outing for members of the community, past and present, and many local corporate supporters, the golf tournament raises funds critical to meeting annual budgeted priorities.
Q: It seems that I receive so many requests for support of the Episcopal Day School. Which are most important?
A: We recognize that there are a variety of worthy philanthropic organizations competing for families’ resources. We ask that you, as a parent at EDS, consider making our school your philanthropic priority, as it has a direct benefit for your child. Among our fundraising initiatives, we consider the Annual Fund to be the
top priority, as it supports every facet of the operation of the school for the current budget cycle. Families who have the capacity are asked to give at a leadership level
(1944 Society or above), and we encourage every family to give as generously as their circumstances allow.
Q: How much should I give to the Annual Fund? How much of a difference can my gift really make?
A: We ask all families to participate in the Annual Fund in any way they can. Annual Fund gifts range from less than $10 to more than $10,000. While we encourage families to consider gifts at a leadership level, which begins with the 1944 Society Level at $1,000, no gift is insignificant. Contributions other than “leadership gifts” are still highly important as that support provides necessary funds and raises our participation rate, which has a positive effect on our efforts to encourage others to give.
Q: When should I make my gift to the Annual Fund?
A: Our fiscal year begins on July 1 and runs through June 30 of the following year. We encourage all families to make their pledges as soon as possible, both for the school’s planning purposes and for your own. Annual Fund Committee members begin making calls to all current parents after the first few weeks of the school year, during which you will receive a call from a fellow parent making an official request for your contribution.
Q: Will I be asked to make additional gifts to Episcopal Day School?
A: While there are always other giving opportunities at EDS, each benefiting our school in a certain way, we encourage current parents to make their first gift to EDS each year to the Annual Fund. From time to time, the Board of Trustees authorizes capital campaigns for large building projects, such as the Flowing Wells Campus: A Place to Grow Campaign. This is the school’s first capital campaign in more than 15 years and its express purpose is to fulfill the Board and Vestry’s master plan for the phased development of the Flowing Wells Campus. There are other fundraising events throughout the year, primarily driven by the EDS Association. All proceeds from EDS Association fundraisers are “returned” to the school through grants to special projects often known as “the wish list,” as well as through regular annual contributions to the EDS Endowment and the operating budget in support of the curriculum and programs.
Q: We receive financial aid. How can we give a meaningful gift?
A: We consider every gift that is made to the Annual Fund a meaningful one. We deeply encourage participation in the Annual Fund from each and every family at EDS. Each gift, regardless of size, demonstrates a vote of confidence in the school, its faculty, administration, and its program.
Q: I’ve heard that Episcopal Day School might be expanding. Are we expected to donate to that as well?
A: While EDS is blessed to own the 30- acre Flowing Wells Campus, this property is not intended to grow the size of the school, rather the master plan for the FWC has been designed to augment the facilities and programmatic offerings for EDS families that could not be accommodated on the Walton Way Campus.
Q: What else can I do to ensure the financial stability of the Episcopal Day School?
A: First, as a parent and an ambassador for the Episcopal Day School in the Augusta/CSRA, you should know that your enthusiasm for EDS helps attract and retain great families and students, faculty, and staff. Second, we hope that you will encourage others, like grandparents who want to support EDS and its mission, to contribute to the Annual Fund. Third, the success of our Annual Fund, and all of our initiatives, depends greatly on our volunteers. We hope you will join us in one of the many ways you can volunteer.
Since 2008, deserving students and independent schools in Augusta and across the state of Georgia have benefitted from one of the most creative tax credit programs in the nation. The State of Georgia’s Education Expense Credit law has been described as the nation’s best of its kind. In 2008, Georgia’s elected officials passed this law to provide families in Georgia with access to better educational opportunities for their children. The Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, now in its tenth year, delivers assistance to families by delegating funds through participating schools, instead of simply cutting a check to rewarding families. The program allows individuals, families, and corporations to allocate a portion of their state income tax obligation to an independent school like Episcopal Day School to benefit financial aid. EDS has participated in the GOAL Scholarship for 9 years, and is proud to have assisted over 79 students (through June 2017) with scholarship assistance from GOAL.
How it works is simple.It takes just minutes to complete the online sign-up, and for many, given the choice between paying the same dollars in taxes or directing it to an independent school, it is a no-brainer. Last year alone nearly 70 EDS families and a number of businesses enrolled in the program, directing more than $100,000 to our financial aid program.
Because there are limited tax credits available each year ($58 million for 2018), a taxpayer who is interested in contributing to GOAL must be pre-approved by the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR). This simply means that the DOR sets aside a certain amount of the available tax credits specifically for the respective taxpayer. Participation has increased exponentially over the past several years and the capacity has been met on January 1.
And no, you do not have to be a parent at a school like EDS to participate. Anyone that pays taxes in Georgia can apply, so grandparents, friends, relatives, businesses, etc., can all take advantage and the more that designate their funds to Episcopal Day School or another participating school, the more financial aid dollars we have at our disposal.
The CSRA currently has seven participating schools to whom you can delegate your credit, and each and each one of them would benefit from the redirection of your tax dollars. This is an integral part of participating schools’ financial aid program, and they could all use your support. To learn more about the Georgia GOAL Scholarship, please visit www.goalscholarship.org, and to apply, navigate to the “For Donors” section of their website.
Children deserve every opportunity available, and the Georgia GOAL Scholarship is one path to get them to greater things in life. The deadline to participate is December 15, 2017, so please sign up soon. Together we can award Augusta schools with assistance to provide greatness.
It’s hard to believe that six weeks have already passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and it is heartbreaking to learn of how badly people are still suffering there. Our own 7th and 8th grade Spanish teacher, Maribelys Sánchez, has family in Puerto Rico and, although she finally received word that they are all safe, her mother and the people of her village still find themselves without sufficient food or clean water. We have been seeking an avenue to offer our support specifically to that area, and we are pleased to report that Food For The Poor, an A+ rated charity working in Central America and the Caribbean primarily through Episcopal and Catholic Churches and organizations, is hard at work in Puerto Rico in and around Mrs. Sanchez’s home.
In order to extend the generous assistance of the EDS community to Puerto Rican recovery, we invite faculty and students to participate in a dress-down day on Tuesday, November 14. For a minimum donation of $5.00, you may dress out of uniform IN THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE OF THE PUERTO RICAN FLAG (jeans permitted), and show your support for those devastated by Hurricane Maria. We will take photographs that day, specifically to send to Maribelys’ mother and neighbors, a visible sign of our love and encouragement.
As always, thank you (in advance) for your generosity towards those in need.
Eighth Grade Grandparents Day is planned for Friday, November 3rd. Grandparents will join their eighth grader for Chapel at 8:20, and then have brunch together after Chapel in the Parish Hall. Students return to class after brunch for the remainder of the school day (eighth graders do not attend school on our all-school Grandparents Day in the spring). This is a special event for our eighth graders, so please go ahead and tell grandparents to save the date – invitations will be mailed in early October.
Please fill out the attached form by Thursday, September 28th (we do not automatically invite all grandparents) as this is a seated brunch, space is limited.
Parents are welcome to attend chapel with their eighth grader and grandparents, but we intend brunch to be for students and their grandparents. If grandparents are unable to attend, parents or special friends are of course welcome to attend (but please submit those names and addresses as well).
Thank you for your help, and please let me know if you have any questions.
Hello Falcons Family. Mark your calendars for May 13th from 9 until 12. The Pop Warner Garden City Falcons, along with Episcopal Day School, will be hosting a football skills and conditioning camp for all kids ages 5 through 14. It will be held at the Episcopal Day School main campus, located at 2248 Walton Way, Augusta, 30904. This is NOT our practice field…so don’t get confused. This camp is open to anyone, regardless of whether you have played Pop Warner before or not. Spread the word and invite your friends. The camp will be free, and there will be coaches and Board members available to answer any and all questions anyone might have about football, cheer and Pop Warner. We will be accepting registrations that day as well. Please don’t wait until the last minute to register.
Also, we will be accepting registration paperwork if you have it filled out and ready to go. Get ahead of the game and bring it all in. You can find all necessary paperwork and documents on our registration page.
To register online, go to augustapopwarner.org. Also make sure to follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GardenCityFalcons/ for updates. We will have more camp dates soon. We also plan to start optional conditioning work this summer for kids that want to get in shape before the season starts.
**If you are coming to the camp, please wear shorts and a t-shirt. Also, the kids will be working in the gym and on a turf field, so bring tennis shoes for the gym. Cleats or tennis shoes are fine for the field. And don’t forget a water bottle. No helmets or shoulder pads needed; this will be a non-contact camp only**
See you there!!
For over 100 years, CSEE has assisted in nurturing children to be steadfastly ethical and driven by a sense of purpose to create a world where the norm is kindness, fairness and human well-being. They partner with independent schools to apply the latest evidence-based research in the realm of character development, and to share best practices.
Check out the webinars below, which cover important topics for parents. If you need assistance with registration or login, please contact Lauren Dallas.
Family Matters: Raising Healthy, Resilient Children in Challenging Times with Rob Evans
February 18, 4:00pm EST, or recording available after 2/18
How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex with Debbie Roffman
Lower School – April 5, 5:00pm EST, or recording available after 4/5
Middle School – April 18, 5:00pm EST, or recording available after 4/18
Upper School – April 19, 5:00pm EST, or recording available after 4/19
Parenting in the Digital Age with Jenni Voorhees
Lower and Middle Schools – April 13, 5:00pm EST, or recording available after 4/13
Upper School – April 14, 5:00pm EST, or recording available after 4/14
Every school year is full of memories. Don’t miss this year’s! Yearbooks are $39 through February 29. Get yours before the next price increase.
In celebration of Dyslexia Awareness and Learning Disabilities Month, please join the Aiken Learning Lab at the Aiken County Library on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 7-8:30 p.m. for A Night with Dyslexia. Activities will include a reading simulation, a showing of the film The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia directed by James Redford, and a discussion of the characteristics of dyslexia at different ages. This event is FREE and is sponsored by Aiken Learning Lab, the Learning Disabilities Association of SC and the SC Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. This is a free program.
About 20% of all children struggle to acquire basic reading skills — this topic is SO important! We look forward to seeing you on Oct. 22nd!
Need help with your child’s school iPad or school laptop? Log a technology help ticket on our support website here. Please bookmark this page in your web browser.
To create a new ticket, click on the “New Support Ticket” link on the top of the main page. Use the drop down menus and text boxes to complete your ticket. Make sure that the subject line is specific to your issue. For instance, rather than “computer issue” as a subject line, a better one would be “Apple ID password being rejected” or “Chrome browser won’t open.” Once you have completed all fields, click submit.
You’ll receive an email confirmation that your ticket was received as well as a link to check the status of that ticket.
You’ll also want to go ahead and create your account within the new support ticket system. The advantage of creating an account is that you can log in at any time and see all of the tickets you have submitted and the status of those tickets. To automatically create an account based on your EDS info, click the “Login” link at the top of the main page. **You may get redirected to a scary warning screen, telling you that the page you are trying to access may be dangerous! Never fear, it isn’t. Simply click on the “Advanced” link in the bottom left of the page and then the “Proceed to support.edsaugusta.com” link that appears at the bottom of the page.** On the next screen you’ll be prompted to create your account. Simply fill in the required fields.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.