THE SYCAMORE FUND
The Sycamore Fund is the school’s highest fundraising priority. As with all independent schools, Sycamore relies on our community to give annually to help us fund projects and programs that make us the unique school we are. Your tax-deductible donation goes to work immediately, benefiting students in this school year. Your gift affects their daily experience and is a direct investment in:
- Professional development for our talented and dedicated faculty
- The latest advances in technology
- A vibrant art and music program
- An encouraging and competitive athletics program
Each year, your support of the Sycamore Fund bridges the gap between tuition and what it actually costs to educate a Sycamore student. The gap represents the difference between excellent education and a truly exemplary one in which innovative ideas and state-of-the-art resources for teaching and learning are not compromised by budget constraints. We ask every member of our community to participate with a meaningful gift as every student benefits from the programs Sycamore offers.
Every gift makes a difference!
Sycamore Fund gifts make an immediate impact benefitting all students throughout the year.
How much should we give to the Sycamore Fund
We encourage you to make a meaningful gift commensurate with your family’s personal circumstances. Every gift makes an immediate impact, is deeply valued and goes towards the exceptional educational experience that Sycamore provides. All staff, alumni, and families are asked to make a gift to the Sycamore Fund.
Our goal is 100% parent participation each year.
Sycamore Circle: $10,000 or more
Visionary: $5,000 to $9,999
Head of School Circle*: $2,500 to $4,999
Leader: $1,000 to $2,499
Supporter: $500 to $999
Friend: $1 to $499
*Donors at the Head of School Circle and above are invited to attend a reception with the Head of School and Board of Trustees each spring to acknowledge their generosity.
Sycamore Fund gifts are recognized in the Sycamore magazine each year according to giving level.
What about corporate matching gifts?
Some employers will match your gift. Simply submit a matching gift form, often available on your company’s website or from the Human Resources Department along with your gift or pledge. Our Advancement Office will handle the processing. Your company’s name will be listed in our Annual Report and you will be recognized for the value of your gift, including the matching amount.
Gifts of Securities/Stock
Gifts of appreciated securities offer you two-fold tax savings. First, you do not pay capital gains tax on the increased value of the securities. Second, you are entitled to a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities on the date the gift was given. Directions on how to give a gift of appreciated securities are available from Holly Lee, Director of Advancement, at 317-202-2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sycamore Society recognizes and honors individuals who provide support for Sycamore in their wills, trusts, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts. Your investment funds the Financial Aid Endowment, which attracts and retains gifted students at Sycamore, despite their family’s ability to pay. As you choose where to invest your estate funds, we hope you will consider a gift to Sycamore School.
- Gifts In Honor: A wonderful way to honor a loved one or cherished teacher is with a gift to the Sycamore Fund. We will send an acknowledgment to the honoree as well as provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution.
- Gifts in Memory: Gifts in memory are a thoughtful way to pay tribute to someone. We will notify the family of your gift and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt.