Class of 2022 Senior Gift

Class of '22, 9th Grade
The Senior Class Gift is a special effort that marks the culmination of the Grace experience and leaves a lasting legacy. Your gift supports two funds that speak directly to Grace’s core values: the Fund for Student Support and the Fund for Faculty Enrichment.
You may choose to direct your gift to either or both of these funds.

The Fund for Student Support

The Fund for Student Support provides for things that go beyond the classroom, enabling all students, regardless of financial constraints, to take part in all that Grace has to offer. This fund allows the school to meet students’ needs as they arise and can include anything from tutoring to internships, international exchange programs, covering the cost of transportation to college visits, and more.

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

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    Examples of recent needs supported by the Fund for Student Support include:
    • Testing showed that a student’s struggles were not due to learning disabilities but to hearing loss. After insurance, the fund paid the balance for hearing aids for the student.
    • A GCS graduate did not have transportation to get to her college; the fund rented a car so that her parents could take her there.
    • Several students eligible to go on the school’s international exchange programs could not afford the added fees. The fund made up the difference between the cost and what they were able to pay.
    • A rising senior had no way to visit a college to which she had applied; the fund bought tickets to send her for an interview.
    • When the school determines that a student needs outside tutoring, and the parents cannot afford it, the support fund will cover the cost.

The Fund for Faculty Enrichment

The Fund for Faculty Enrichment supports travel grants and cultural opportunities for faculty members. The experiences afforded through this fund are both personally and professionally rewarding and enable faculty to enhance curricula in exciting new ways.

List of 1 frequently asked questions.

  • Excerpts from travel grant applications

    Israel and Jordan: “I designed a trip that combines Christian, Jewish and Muslim historical, modern day and religious sites. I feel as if one cannot truly understand the Israeli Palestinian conflict without having spent some time in the Holy Land. This journey…held intellectual, religious and emotional aspects.”

    South Africa: “As a high school student I remember studying about apartheid and being amazed that such a system could exist in the ‘modern” world’….I wanted to visit the nation of South Africa to learn about its history, culture and the now defunct system of apartheid…and the legacy of Nelson Mandela.”
    Namibia: “Namibia is one of the youngest countries in the world. It was a German colony…became part of South Africa…until independence in 1990.  Its constitution is one of very few in the world that includes a provision for environmental conservation.  I would like to see firsthand how Namibia has progressed into a young, stable democracy.”
    Alaska: “I wanted to witness the pristine wilderness…simply being in the land that drove prospectors to take such extreme measures in their quest to strike it rich. I gained a far broader perspective on the precious resources the United States has in Alaska…and this trip enriched my teaching.”

Senior Gift FAQs

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Is donating to the Senior Class Gift different from donating to the Annual Fund?

    Yes. The Senior Class Gift is a special initiative, separate from the Annual Fund. The Senior Class Gift goes towards The Fund for Student Support and The Fund for Faculty Enrichment, while the Annual Fund supports the school’s most pressing needs and accounts for 8% of our operating budget. We ask that folks please continue to support the Annual Fund and stretch with a gift to the Senior Class Gift.

  • Will my gift be split between The Fund for Student Support and The Fund for Faculty Enrichment? Do I pick one?

    You can choose to direct your gift entirely to one fund, or divide it amongst the two funds. If no designation is noted, we will divide the gift 50/50.
  • How much should I give?

    Our goal is twofold: $175,000 and 100% class participation. We ask that you make Grace a philanthropic priority and stretch with your gift to the Senior Class Gift. A stretch looks different for everyone. All gifts are appreciated and it takes everyone to reach 100% participation!

    Many employers offer matching grants which can make any dollar amount go farther. You can click here to see if your employer offers matching grants.
  • How do I make my gift?

    There are many ways to give. You can make your pledge or donate online here using a credit or debit card, send a check, initiate a wire/ACH transfer, make a gift via a Donor Advised Fund, or make a gift of stock. For more information please visit our Ways to Giving page or call the Advancement Office at 212-475-5609.
  • When should I donate?

    Please make your pledge or gift as soon as you are able. Having gifts and pledges early, puts us in the best position to forecast and meet our goals.  All donations must be received by June 30, 2022.
  • Are donations tax-deductible?

    Yes! Grace Church School is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization under the Federal IRS code and all contributions are tax deductible. Donors will receive an acknowledgement letter.
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