We are deeply grateful to the generations of families who have invested in Gateway School’s students throughout its history to create this thriving and vibrant educational experience for thousands of children. We invite you to join current families, alumni families, alumni, trustees, staff, and friends to express your generosity through this tradition of philanthropy.

Giving at Gateway

As with all independent schools, Gateway relies on private donations as well as tuition to deliver our program. The full cost of a Gateway education is a combination of tuition and philanthropic support from the Gateway community. Fundraising allows Gateway to provide students with an exemplary educational experience. Specific examples of how these dollars are used include faculty professional development, program enhancements, and support for Flexible Tuition.

Every school day we achieve our mission by inspiring and engaging our students. From the application of neuroscience to the practice of mindfulness, our faculty fearlessly pursue a greater understanding of how the brain works and use this knowledge to design a curriculum that cultivates critical thinking, strong academic knowledge, and the equally important skills of resiliency, organization, reflection, and decision-making in each student. Our dedicated community’s support makes all of this possible.

The Gateway Opportunity Fund

The Gateway Opportunity Fund provides valuable unrestricted funds that support every aspect of the school. By making a tax-deductible donation to the Gateway Opportunity Fund, you make an immediate impact on our ability to deliver the highest quality education, enriched co-curriculum programs, small class sizes and outdoor learning, as well as to support the salaries of our dedicated and talented faculty and specialists.

Gateway Opportunity Fund Giving Levels

All donors who give $1,000 or more are considered leaders within Gateway School’s philanthropic community and are invited to a Donor Appreciation Party in the spring and a Leadership Reception in the fall (COVID restrictions-dependant). We value every gift and ask that each family give according to their means.

  • Founders – $10,000 +
  • Guardians – $5,000 – $9,999
  • Patrons – $2,500 – $4,999
  • Benefactors – $1,000 – $2,499
  • Friends – $500 – $999
  • Sponsors – $250 – $499
  • Contributors – up to $249

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts are a wonderful way to amplify your gifts. Many companies match donations given by thier employees and retirees. Contact your company’s Human Resources Department for more information.

Investment Opportunities

Philanthropic support ensures that Gateway students thrive.

The Gateway Opportunity Fund
Families have many opportunities throughout the school year to contribute to the Gateway Opportunity Fund. This Fund targets three to five areas where philanthropic support has the most impact. We hold a pledge drive in the fall, participate in Giving Tuesday (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving), and put on a fun and inclusive Auction Gala in the spring. In addition, donations of $25,000 and more can fund special projects and programs to further enhance the student experience.
Targeted Giving of Restricted Gifts
In making these special gifts, donors go beyond their Gateway Opportunity Fund gifts to make a substantial contribution to a specific program or purpose. Our student computer labs, a comprehensive Music program, and classroom furniture project are examples of how targeted gifts transform the student experience and have a lasting impact. Please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office if you have a specific area of interest you would like to discuss.
Endowment gifts are a way to secure Gateway’s future for gererations of students to come. An endowment’s principal is invested and a percentage of the earned interest can be used each year. Gateway has two Endowment Funds — the Hannelore Herbig Endowment Fund, named after the school’s founder, and the Flexible Tuition Endowment Fund. New endowment funds can also be established; please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office for more information.
Ways to Give
Gateway School is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and as such, donations at tax-deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID #94-2441484.

Cash/Check/Credit Card
The most common way to make charitable donations are gifts made by check or credit card. Donations may be given all at one time or on a monthly or quarterly basis. Checks and credit card donations may not be the most tax-advantageous – please see Appreciated Assets section below for another option that could provide greater tax-benefits.

Appreciated Assets
Gifts of appreciated assets, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can be a tax-advantageous way to support Gateway. Gifts of appreciated assets held for a year or more typically provide a greater tax benefit than gifts of cash. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value and you avoid paying capital gains tax on the current value over the original cost of the asset. Contact the Advancement Office if you wish to learn more.

Donated items or professional services that are necessary to the operation and advancement of the school are considered gifts-in-kind. Past gifts include auction items, computer software, and services such as architectural planning. Gifts-in-kind are welcomed throughout the year.

Donor-Advised Funds
A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle established by an individual or family and administered by a non-profit (the sponsor organization). The donor recommends investments and grants, and the sponsor organization administers distributions. Gateway School accepts donations made through DAFs.

Planned Gifts
There are many ways to make a planned gift, but bequests (donations made by naming Gateway School in your will or trust) are the simplest. Bequest gifts can support a variety of programs like endowments, targeted programs and projects, or operational expenses. There are many planned giving vehicles available. Please notify the Advancement Office to include Gateway in your estate or discuss planned giving options.

For more information call the Advancement Office at (831) 423-0341, extension 332.