Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Graded have fundraising initiatives?

Like almost every premier, independent, non-profit school, Graded relies upon the generous donations of parents and other stakeholders to enrich educational and extracurricular programming, attract and retain top-notch educators, enhance facilities, and fund scholarships.

What is the difference between the Graded Annual Fund and the Centennial Campaign?

The Office of Institutional Advancement manages two separate and distinct fundraising initiatives:

Graded Annual Fund (Short-term Funding)

Conducted on a yearly basis, the Graded Annual Fund (GAF) is a giving campaign which raises unrestricted donations in support of Graded’s operating budget. The GAF makes a direct impact on every Graded student by bolstering academic programs, the arts, athletics, professional development, campus enhancements, community service, and scholarships.
Contributions raised by our community are put to immediate use and promote institutional growth.  Previous GAF grants include the funding of visiting artists and authors, Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, materials for Model United Nations, Career Days, music festivals, the purchase of athletics uniforms, Lower School equipment, and scholarship support.

Leadership Giving (Long-term Funding)


The Centennial Campaign supports the following three long-term strategic priorities:

The Graded Campus Project - This multi-year project of construction, modernization, and renewal is transforming the Graded campus by investing in infrastructure and the school's future.

Graded Scholar Program Endowment - Through this endowed program, Graded offers life-changing, full scholarships to economically disadvantaged, exceptionally-gifted Brazilian students.

Excellence in Teaching Endowment- This endowed fund ensures that Graded is able to recruit, retain, and develop the world's best teachers.


This endowed fund was created to support the children of Graded alumni who have academic, artistic, or athletic merit.

We encourage our community to support both the Graded Annual Fund and Leadership Giving by contributing at a level which is meaningful to them.

I am interested in making a Leadership Gift. How does this work and whom should I contact?

Leadership Gifts start at R$200,000 and fund projects that impact the long-term vision of Graded and invest in its future. Leadership Gifts support campus renovation and strengthen scholarship and professional development endowments. Leadership Donors receive naming opportunities, special recognition, and invitations to events throughout the year. Gift payments may be over a three-year period.

Please contact Tracy Harrison, Chief Development Officer, at for more information on Leadership Giving.

I am leaving Graded at the end of the year. Why should I make a gift?

Even if you are leaving the school at the end of the year, all gifts made towards the Graded Annual Fund will impact students during that school year. Furthermore, if you are considering becoming a Leadership Donor, it is important to know that your support will invest in the future of the school. Leadership Giving is an opportunity to leave behind a legacy – impacting future generations and preserving your special memories.

How can I make a gift?

Donations can be made by money transfer, check or credit card. More information can be found on Ways to Give. If you are a US taxpayer and wish to make a tax-deductible donation in US dollars, please visit the Friends of Graded Foundation for more instructions.

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