Annual Fund

For 175 years, Saint Mary's has been a leader in the education of girls and young women.

Every Saint Mary’s girl will tell you she attends this exceptional school to prepare for college and life. Being a bystander, however, is not what she has in mind. For a Saint Mary’s girl, preparing for the future is about learning to lead – seeing possibilities, envisioning a better way, and working with others to bring about new realities. That visionary spirit gave birth to the school in 1842, and it has sustained the school for 175 years.

Thanks to an anonymous alumna who has made a $175,000 challenge gift to Saint Mary’s in honor of our 175th anniversary, any new gift, additional gift, or increased gift made by an alumna will be matched. This means YOU could help us raised up to $350,000 for the Annual Fund this year. Gifts must be pledged or paid by May 12th to count in this year’s challenge.

Please support this year’s Annual Fund, the second largest revenue source for the school after tuition. Your commitment honors our visionary legacy and confirms the enduring value of our founding mission: educated women make a difference. The Saint Mary’s School Annual Fund goal for 2016-2017 is $1.5 million. Together we can achieve this goal and sustain the legacy that is Saint Mary’s School.

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Leadership Societies

Founders Club

Named to honor those who had the vision to establish a school to educate girls in 1842.


The Oak Society

Named for the stately oak trees which adorn our campus and our city. The oak is a symbol of strength.

$10,000 to $24,999

Saint Mary's Society

Named for Saint Mary, our patron saint.

$5,000 to $9,999

The Bishops Society

Named for the bishops who committed themselves to Saint Mary's mission to educate young women.


1842 Society

Named for the date Saint Mary's School was founded: May 12, 1842. Click here for a list of 1842 Society members.

$1,842 to $2,999

Additional Giving Levels

The Order of the Grove

Named for the circular Grove which graces the entrance of Saint Mary’s School and has served as a gathering place for our community since the school’s founding.

$500 to $999

Smedes Associates

Named in memory of our first president, The Reverend Aldert Smedes and to the ideals upon which he founded Saint Mary’s School.

$499 and below

The Cornerstone Society

Named to honor donors whose gifts begin at the $1,000 level and for the cornerstone upon which the Saint Mary’s School foundation is built.



Use Flywire to safely and securely make your gift to the Annual Fund using native currency. Questions? Contact Lauren Gerber, director of annual giving and major gifts.


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2016-17 Annual Fund Appeals

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