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.

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What is not considered an Episcopal Fund gift?

  • Gifts restricted to a specific program
  • Scholarship fund gifts
  • Memorials
  • In-kind donations
  • Capital campaign gifts

EPISCOPAL FUND LEADERSHIP

Campaign Chair

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 Great Oak 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 Chairs

Sarah and J.J. Conners are parents of Lauren ’20 and Maria ’22. They have been a part of the Episcopal community for three years and have been Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives for two years. Sarah is also involved with FANS. J.J. is a principal at Mandalay Real Estate Partners and president of Chestnut Hill Investments LLC.

Middle School Parent Chairs

Carolyn and Gerald Reid are parents of Rhyan ’19 and Reagan ’23. Members of The 1966 Society, they have been Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives for the past five years. Gerald and Dr. Carolyn own Reid Physicians Group of Jacksonville where they work together striving to bring excellence in their integrated office of family medicine and chiropractic care to our community.

Class of 2018 Parent Chairs

Jean and Rich Grimsley are parents of Sophie ’18 and Nick’18. They are members of The 1966 Society and have been Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives for the past four years. They have also been New Parent Ambassadors. Jean has been involved with the Parents’ Association and was a committee member for Celebration 2015 – Under The Big Top. Rich is an orthopedic surgeon at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute (JOI).

New Parent Chairs

Kristen Schmidt Seay ’92 and Everette Seay are parents of Meade, who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of ’20 and Charlotte ’24. They are members of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society and were Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives this past year. Kristen was a member of the Alumni Board for three years. She has spoken at Career Day and has been on several committees for the Alumni Board including Admissions, Golf & Tennis tournament and Reunion Weekend. Kristin also co-chaired the school’s 50th Anniversary Gala. While at Episcopal, Kristen played tennis. Everette coaches the Boys’ IMSC Basketball team and is the CEO of The Powhatan Group. Kristen is a consultant for Rodan + Fields.

Grandparent Chairs

John and Marie Forbes are the grandparents of Taylor ’16, Grace ’18, and Jackson ’22. Their daughter Anne-Marie Forbes Hulsey, past president of the Alumni Board, graduated from Episcopal in 1995. They are members of The Great Oak Society and have supported The Episcopal Fund since 1989. Through Lead The Way, John and Marie recently endowed a scholarship for deserving students and have made the Forbes Event Lawn possible. John is the founder of U.S. Legal Services and Marie is the president. John and Marie are proud that U.S. Legal Services has been a Corporate Sponsor for five years.

Parent of Alumni Chairs

Sue and Peter Sabo are parents of Mason ’09, Caroline ’10 and Libbie ’13 . They are members of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society. While a parent, Sue was actively involved in Boosters and the Parents’ Association and was a committee chair for Boots Bash in 2011-2012 and Southern Soiree in 2012-2013. Peter is president of Camachee Island Company, Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor and Camachee Yacht Yard in St. Augustine.

 

Alumni Chair

Katherine Donahoo Nott ’90 is the mother of Kaitlyn ’18 and Lauren ’20. She is a member of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society. Katherine is a member of the Alumni Board and has been an Alumni Class Representative for three years. She has been on several committees for the Alumni Board including Admissions, and Reunion Weekend. While at Episcopal, Katherine played basketball, softball and volleyball and served as Class President. Katherine works at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School where she is the School Counselor and Christian Education Teacher.

Faculty and Staff Chairs

Kasse Eppley is the mother of Kami ’21 and Austin ’22. Kasse joined Episcopal as the Physical Education Department Chair and was later named the Middle School Athletic Director. She is a recipient of the Davis Excellence in Teaching Award and the John Ryan Excellence Coach of the Year award. Kasse is a member of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society. She and her husband, Roy are proud to be a part of the Episcopal community.

Andy Kidd ’99 returned to Episcopal in 2003 with a B.A. in Business Administration from Furman University. While at Furman, Andy captained the Furman men’s soccer team. Andy began his Episcopal career in the Advancement Office while also coaching with the school’s soccer and football programs. After nine years in the Advancement Office, Andy made the move to the athletic department in 2012 where he was named Director of Athletics. Andy is entering his sixth year as Episcopal’s Director of Athletics. Andy and his wife, Katie have two daughters, Maggie and Emily.

Alumni Eagle Society Chair

Lesley Marchman Gittings '06 is a member of The 1966 Society, The Great Oak Society and The Eagle Society. Leslie is an Alumni Class Representative and was the Reunion Committee Chair. While at Episcopal, she was a member of the yearbook staff and played softball. In 2002, Lesley received the Celeste Hampton Award for softball. Lesley enjoys living in Jacksonville with her husband, Kyle and their daughter, Ann Randle.

 

Corporate Partners Chair

Denise Thomas is the mother of Walker ’14 and Gabe ’18.  She is a member of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society. She has been an Episcopal Fund Chair for the past two years, an Episcopal Fund Parent Representative for five years and served on the committee for Celebration 2015 – Under The Big Top.  Denise is proud that SunTrust Investment Services, Inc., where she is a first vice president in the Private Wealth Division, has been a Corporate Partner for the past three years.

 

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 $1,500 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

MATCHING GIFTS

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.

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