Annual Fund

My Three Saint Mary’s Girls: Bruce Ham lost his late wife, Lisa Permar Ham, to cancer while they were raising their three young daughters. At the time, one of their girls was in the process of making a decision about high school; they chose Saint Mary's. Today, all three young women are Saint Mary's girls: two are now alumnae, Lucy ’18 and Bailey ’15, and one is a current 10th-grade student, Annie T. '21. The family believes in supporting Saint Mary's School by making gifts to the Annual Fund to ensure they pay it forward. You can pay it forward, too, by making your gift to Saint Mary's today by clicking here.


For 177 years, Saint Mary's has been a leader in the education of girls and young women. We continue to lead the way; however, to create the immersive learning environment we provide today takes significant resources. With tuition covering only 67% of our operating costs, Saint Mary’s Annual Fund is imperative to bridging the gap between tuition and what a Saint Mary's education costs.

The Saint Mary’s School Annual Fund goal for 2018-19 is $1.55 million and is the second largest revenue source for the school after tuition. One-hundred percent of Saint Mary’s full-time faculty and staff, Board of Trustees, and Alumnae Council give to the Annual Fund every year. It’s a longstanding tradition and a point of pride for our school. With your support, we can achieve our $1.55 million goal and sustain Saint Mary’s legacy of preparing girls for college and life.

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.



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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.