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La Jolla, California


Giving at Gillispie



Q: What is the difference between great and exceptional?

As at most independent schools, tuition at Gillispie does not cover what it actually costs, per student, to provide an education. Tuition funds provide the foundation for a great school, but it is the contributions from parents, alumni, grandparents, staff, foundations, and corporations that provide the enhancements that make The Gillispie School exceptional.

If tuition were raised to cover operating costs, a Gillispie education would become unattainable for many families. It is our goal as a School to welcome a diverse population; to have beautiful, safe, and clean facilities; to improve and expand our academic offerings; and to provide well-stocked libraries, fresh art materials, new sporting equipment, and up-to-date technology equipment in the classrooms throughout the year.

With every dollar you contribute, you are directly enhancing the lives of our students. And unlike tuition, these gifts are 100% tax-deductible.

We have several modes of raising the necessary funds throughout the year.

The Annual Giving Campaign

The Gillispie School Board of Trustees and current families have participated in this campaign at the 100% level for twelve consecutive years. We are extremely proud of this extraordinary effort, and strive to match it each subsequent year.

In October of each school year, your family will receive a personal letter and pledge form to support The Annual Giving Drive. You may provide a gift immediately or make a pledge payable over the course of the fiscal year (ending June 30). Matching gifts from your employer can help you to increase the size of your gift. Gifts may be paid by cash, check, credit card, or securities.

Spring Gala

This yearly celebratory event features a live auction, dinner and dancing at an off-site location. All funds raised at the event go directly to support the School’s operating budget. Preceding the event, an online auction is held. The event is organized by parent volunteers and provide a festive evening for parents and friends.

Gift Books

This is an opportunity to celebrate birthdays, special events or to honor a loved one. For $30, a book, with your chosen inscription, is placed in the library’s permanent collection.

Other Special Events

As opportunities arise, our Director of Development & Community Relations works with parent volunteers to create fund- and friend-raising events and programs.

If you would like to get involved with these efforts, or if you would like any further information about charitable giving at Gillispie, please contact Jill McIntyre Kelly at (858) 459-3773 x133 or jkelly@gillispie.org.

Annual Giving Report 2015-2016

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