Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The Advancement Office manages two separate and distinct fundraising initiatives:
The 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.
The Centennial Campaign (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.
We encourage our community to support both the Graded Annual Fund and the Centennial Campaign by contributing at a level which is meaningful to them.
Leadership Gifts start at R$150,000 and fund projects that impact the long-term vision of Graded and invest in its future. Leadership Gifts support campus renovation and expansion 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 Susan Clain, Chief Advancement Officer, at 3747-4800 ext. 139 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Leadership Giving.
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.