Make A Gift

For more than 30 years, Sycamore School students have benefitted from those who have given generously of their time, talent, and treasure. The vibrant life of our school is made possible by the ongoing philanthropic support and volunteerism of all community members including parents, board members, staff, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, foundations, corporations, and friends.

The Sycamore Fund is the school’s highest fundraising priority. As with almost 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.

Our unique mission of providing an accelerated and enriched education to gifted students and our successful track record of helping students reach their potential differentiate us from other schools. However, a Sycamore School education is not sustained by tuition alone. Generous donations each year make a significant difference. With the continued support of our community, Sycamore will continue to be one of the top independent schools for gifted students in the country.

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.

Sycamore School is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent you itemize on your tax return.


List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What are the levels of giving?

    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. 

  • Q: Can my employer match my gift?

    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 the gift.
  • Q: How do I give gifts of securities and stock?

    Gifts of appreciated securities offer you a two-fold tax saving. 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
  • Q: How does planned giving help Sycamore?

    As you choose where to invest your estate funds, we hope you will consider a gift to Sycamore School. 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. 

  • Q: Can I make a tribute gift?

    Making a gift to the Sycamore Fund in honor or in memory of a loved one or cherished teacher is a wonderful way to pay tribute to him/her. We will send an acknowledgment to the honoree or family of the honoree as well as provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution. When giving online, in the comment box below, tell us about your tribute/in honor of/in memory of gift.
Thanks for contributing to the Sycamore Fund with an online gift. If you would like to make a tribute gift, please list the name(s) of the honoree(s) in the comment box below.
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