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Annual Fund

Like most independent schools, tuition income does not fully fund the true cost of educating each child at Graland. Rather, it is supplemented by endowment funds and charitable donations.



Graland strives for 100% of families to participate in the Graland Annual Fund each year at a level that is meaningful for them. High participation inspires others and showcases the strength of our community.

The Annual Fund

  • ... is a Graland tradition and the single most important and impactful fundraising effort each year.
  • ... is a critical part of the financial model of independent schools like Graland.
  • ... goes to work this year to support the annual operating budget
  • ... represents approximately 7% of the school’s current operating budget.
  • ... benefits every student, every teacher and every program every day.
  • ... is 100% tax deductible.
Graland asks for all families to participate in the Annual Fund.

Give with Meaning:

The Annual Fund “Family of Funds”

Family of Funds

The Family of Funds was created to give you the opportunity to support the yearly needs of the school while also pursuing your personal philanthropic passion. When you give to Graland, you may choose to support any of the following areas of our program.

List of 5 items.

  • Area of Greatest Need*

    Graland leaders will apply your gift to support critical areas of the school’s operating budget that directly benefit every student, every teacher and every program every day.

    *The Graland Annual Fund Family of Funds supports our students and faculty in the current academic year through the school’s operating budget. Should contributions exceed a designation’s budgeted need, the school will redirect contributions to the area of greatest need. All undesignated gifts will be applied to areas of greatest need.
  • Financial Aid

    Graland is committed to making its program affordable for qualified students from all backgrounds and to actively recruiting and maintaining a diverse student body. Your gift supports this effort to fund financial aid awards.
  • Faculty Professional Development

    Graland believes that professional development is a major catalyst for increasing expertise, keeping motivation high, expanding thinking skills and nurturing a growth mindset. Your investment in our faculty’s lifelong learning directly affects our curricula and the quality of academic learning at Graland.
  • Facilities and Campus Safety

    Graland is focused on providing a safe, secure teaching and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. Gifts also aid in keeping Graland’s buildings and seven acres of grounds in top shape.
  • Innovation and Technology

    Innovation can transform lives and challenge students to be creative problem-solvers. Graland students understand that, when used responsibly, technology can enhance critical thinking and effective communication. Giving to innovation/technology ensures the integration of innovation into all aspects of our program.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Graland Annual Fund

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Why does Graland need an annual fund? Doesn't my tuition payment cover costs?

    Following the current independent school model, Graland relies on a combination of tuition revenue and donor support to meet annual operating expenses. At Graland tuition covers 88% of the full cost of educating a child and the annual fund plus distributions from the endowment account for the remaining 12%. All three revenue sources are critical to meet our operational needs and educational goals.
  • Why not raise tuition to cover actual costs?

    By raising tuition, we risk losing many valuable current and perspective students whose families could not afford the increase, which in turn would limit every student's opportunity to receive the many benefits of socio-economic diversity across campus. Tax-deductible gifts to the school help keep tuition levels comparable to other independent schools in the Denver area.
  • What is the Family of Funds?

    The Family of Funds was created to give you the opportunity to support the yearly needs of the school while also pursuing your personal philanthropic passion.

    You can choose to designate your gift to an area of our program that is meaningful for you, from the following options:
    • Area of Greatest Need
    • Financial Aid
    • Faculty Professional Development
    • Facilities and Campus Safety
    • Innovation and Technology
    Note: Should contributions exceed a designation’s budgeted need, the school will redirect contributions to the area of greatest need. All undesignated gifts will be applied to areas of greatest need.
  • What is "the gap?"

    "The gap" refers to the difference between tuition and the true cost of educating each child. The gap is approximately $2,800 per student per school year.
  • Who contributes?

    Each year, parents, alumni, trustees, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, and even students at Graland contribute to the annual fund. It is a collective effort of everyone in the Graland community.
  • Why is participation important?

    Participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates an understanding of Graland’s culture of philanthropy. As illustrated by school leaders and faculty and staff who annually achieve 100% participation, giving back is a community-wide call to action. Strong annual fund support positively influences prospective families interested in sending their children to Graland, and likewise inspires major donors and charitable foundations to give to Graland. Every gift counts. Every gift matters. Every gift makes a difference.
  • Does my gift really make a difference?

    Absolutely! Every gift truly does make a difference. Donations of all sizes can make a big collective impact and inspire larger gifts. Every contribution, of every size, counts toward our participation rate.

    Gifts to the annual fund range from $5 to $50,000. We ask that families make gifts at a level that is meaningful to them.
  • How are donors recognized?

    Every donor to the annual fund is recognized in the annual report and receives a thank-you letter from Graland. Donors who give at the $3,000 level and above are invited to the annual Head of School reception held each fall. For those who prefer to give anonymously, we will certainly respect your wishes. Contact: Jeri Volpe 303-399-8370.
  • What are the tax benefits of giving to Graland?

    Your gift is 100% tax deductible. Graland’s tax ID number is 84-0402699.

    A gift of stocks or securities is eligible for charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the gift without capital gains tax on appreciated stock. A deferred or planned gift has potential tax benefits as well. To learn more, please contact Kristin Eklund '88 Weber (303-398-3623).
  • Will my company match my gift?

    Visit the Ways to Give Page to see if your company, or your spouse’s company, offers a matching gift program. Corporate matching programs can double the impact of your gift at no additional cost to you. If your company is eligible, you should request a matching gift form via your company’s intranet or HR department. Complete the form and send it to Angela May in the Development Office and the school will do the rest. Note: You will be recognized at the Giving Level that reflects your total giving, including corporate matching gifts.
  • When is the best time to make my Graland Annual Fund gift?

    To take advantage of a current year tax deduction, we kindly ask you to make your gift by December 31. The sooner you give, the sooner your gift goes to work to benefit student learning. All pledges are payable by June 30.
  • What is the difference between fundraising by the school and fundraising by the Graland Parent Association?

    Gifts to the Graland Parent Association first support the GPA's planned activities which are focused on community building. Once expenses are covered, the net funds are donated back to the school. Alternatively, 100% of annual fund dollars go directly and immediately into the school's operating budget. Graland asks all parents to make a tax-deductible gift to the annual fund first. Many families are able to go above and beyond by supporting the annual fund and GPA events and activities.
  • Who are annual fund volunteers and what do they do?

    Development Committee members and Grade Representatives are volunteers who offer parent-to-parent connections and follow-up regarding the annual fund letters that are sent early each fall. These parents can answer any questions that you may have about the annual fund. Beyond our parent community, alumni, grandparents, former trustees and parents of alumni are welcome to take an active volunteer role on behalf of the Graland Annual Fund as well. Contact Jessica Goski.
  • How does annual giving differ from capital and endowment giving?

    The Graland Annual Fund supports operational expenses for the current school year. Additional campaigns are conducted periodically when significant funds are needed for growth. Examples are construction, renovation of facilities and endowment to support faculty salaries or financial aid.

    Pledges to capital campaigns and the endowment vary according to the financial means of the donor and can be paid over multiple years. Because the Graland Annual Fund covers immediate operating expenses, we kindly ask that you make it your first priority followed by any capital and endowment contributions.

Questions regarding the Annual Fund?

Contact: development@graland.org or 303-399-8370.

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.