The Episcopal Fund
The Episcopal Fund is the foundation of philanthropy at Episcopal. It is the largest fundraiser each year, and it provides the school with the greatest flexibility to deliver a first-rate education without substantial tuition increases. Tax deductible gifts to The Episcopal Fund go directly into the operating budget, where they are used in the current year.
What is not considered an Episcopal Fund gift?
- Gifts restricted to a specific program
- Scholarship fund gifts
- In-kind donations
- Capital campaign gifts
EPISCOPAL FUND LEADERSHIP
Dori Walton joined the Episcopal Board of Trustees in 2013. In addition to leading the Advancement Committee, Dori previously served as co-chair of the Head of School Search Committee. Dori is a member of the Fifty by 50 Society and The 1966 Society. In the tradition of her husband’s in-laws, for whom the Walton Boathouse is named, Dori and her husband Bill ’70 are strong supporters of Episcopal. Dori and Bill have three children: Will ’21, Lon ’22, and Francesca, who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of 2016.
Upper School Parent Chair
Denise Thomas is a parent to Walker ’14 and Gabe ’18. This is her fourth year representing The Episcopal Fund. In addition to being a 1966 Society member, she also served on the committee for Episcopal’s annual fundraising gala, Celebration 2015. Denise is proud that SunTrust Bank, where she is a first vice president in the Private Wealth Division, has been a Corporate Partner of the past two years.
Middle School Parent Chairs
Nicole and Jeff Bryan ’89 are parents to Klare ’20 and Bella ’22. Members of The 1966 Society, Nicole and Jeff were Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives last year. Nicole assisted on the committee for Episcopal’s 50th Anniversary Gala and Jeff served on the Alumni Board for nine years. Jeff served on the Major Gifts Committee for the Lead the Way Capital Campaign. While at Episcopal, he was involved in track, football, and wrestling. Jeff is the owner of Crossfit West Jax; Nicole is the Adult Program Coordinator for Leadership Jacksonville.
Class of 2017 Parent Chairs
Raegan and Dave Cury ’73 are parents to Chandler ’13 and Davis ’17. They have supported The Episcopal Fund for forty years. Dave and his siblings, Neal, Phil, and Renee, established the Neal G., Sr and BJ Cury Scholarship Fund in honor of their parents. Their children each started Episcopal in the sixth grade and have been involved in Athletics, Fine Arts, and Student Government. While at Episcopal, Dave played football, basketball, and ran track and was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Government. Dave is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician at the University of Florida/Jacksonville and Raegan is a local artist, a fundraiser, and an advocate for organ transplantation and lung cancer awareness.
New Parent Chairs
Raymur Walton Rachels ’85 and Philip Rachels are parents to Alston ’21 and Lucy ’22. They were Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives last year and are members of The Great Oak Society and The 1966 Society. While at Episcopal, Raymur was involved with tennis, soccer, theatre, student government, and was a member of the Cum Laude Society. Philip graduated from Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, VA in 1985 and works in real estate investment with CBRE, Inc. Raymur’s father, the late William H. Walton Jr., was one of Episcopal’s Founders who was named Trustee Emeritus in 2001.
Carol Fitzgerald is a grandmother to Sarah ’18, Justin ’19, and Jason McKee ’22. Carol has supported The Episcopal Fund since 2012. She has attended numerous special programs and activities over the years and has not missed a Grandparents’ Day since Sarah started at Episcopal in 2012. Prior to moving to Jacksonville in 2012, Carol and her late husband Jean were involved in the arts, business, and literary community in Fort Lauderdale. Her passion for book collecting led to her write several two-volume bibliographies - The Rivers of America: A Descriptive Bibliography and Series Americana: Post Depression-Era Regional Literature, 1935-1980 - both published by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Parent of Alumni Chairs
Jayne Evans and Anthony Brescia are parents to Kate ’13. They are members of The Great Oak Society and The 1966 Society. While Kate was a student, Jayne was actively involved in Boosters and the Parents’ Association where she served as the President for two years. She was a Celebration Committee member for two years. Jayne and Anthony chaired the annual Golf and Tennis Tournament and were strong supporters of the girls’ lacrosse team. Anthony is happily retired and involved in the local community; Jayne works for Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida as their Marketing Director.
William Milne ’00 is a member of The 1966 Society and serves on the Episcopal Alumni Board. While at Episcopal he played football and was on Student Vestry. William is a Residential Mortgage Lender at Everbank. He and his wife Leigh Anne have two sons.
Alumni Eagle Society Chair
Brett Bell ’03 is a member of The Eagle Society and The 1966 Society. Brett participated in Episcopal’s Robotics Club and was awarded Top Honors in Computer Science, so it was no surprise when he earned a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech. Brett currently works for Landstar.
Faculty and Staff Chair
Megan Wickenden ’06 returned to Episcopal in 2014 as an Upper School Science teacher, having earned a Bachelor's in Biology from Florida State and a Masters in Teaching from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While a student at Episcopal, Megan was an avid swimmer. She now serves as an assistant swim coach, a co-chair of the prom committee, and a YoungLife leader.
Corporate Partners Chair
Troy Davis '93 is a member of the Fifty by 50 Society and The 1966 Society. Troy serves on Episcopal’s Board of Trustees along with the boards of UF Health Jacksonville and the University of Florida Foundation. He is President and Founder of Davis Capital Management, a registered investment advisor company which has been a Corporate Partner of the past three years. Troy and his wife Juli have two children.
THE EPISCOPAL FUND GIVING LEVELS
Your giving society can be determined by the amount you give (as in The Great Oak Society) or by your consistency in giving (as in The 1966 Society). We hope you will consider joining one of our societies so that we may recognize you and show our appreciation. To learn more, please see the list of societies below.
- Headmaster's Circle - $50,000 and over
- Keystone Circle – $25,000 to $49,999
- Founders Circle – $15,000 to $24,999
- Platinum Oak Circle – $10,000 to $14,999
- Golden Oak Circle – $6,000 to $9,999
- Silver Oak Circle – $3,000 to $5,999
- Great Oak Circle – $1,500 to $2,999
The Eagle Society
The Eagle Society was established in 2007 to recognize alumni 35 years of age and younger who give $250 to $1,499 to The Episcopal Fund. Episcopal understands that the gift amounts of young alumni may not qualify them for The Great Oak Society, but such gifts are just as important to the School’s success. As a member of The Eagle Society, young alumni will receive all the benefits of The Great Oak Society including an invitation to the Leadership Donor Reception.
The Great Oak Society
Established in 1986, The Great Oak Society honors and thanks, donors whose contributions to the Episcopal Fund, restricted funds or in-kind donations are $1500 or more. These generous gifts provide the foundation of voluntary support that helps Episcopal to flourish.
The 1966 Society
The 1966 Society was established in 2008 to recognize Episcopal’s most loyal annual supporters. Named for the year that Episcopal was founded, this Giving Society recognizes donors who have made Episcopal Fund gifts for five or more consecutive years.
Gift Club Donors
- Investor – $600-$1,499
- Cornerstone – $300-$599
- Steward – $150-$299
- Builder – up to $149
Whether you give cash or securities, yours may be one of the many employers who offer matching-gift programs which double - and in some cases even triple - the value of your gift to the School. These gifts can mean thousands of dollars for Episcopal. Is your employer a matching gift company? Find out here! Please contact your employer for matching gift guidelines for your company.