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
Episcopal Fund 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 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: Lon '22, Will, who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of 2021, and Francesca, who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of 2016.
Upper School Parent Chairs
Debbie and Pete Gunnlaugsson are parents of Audrey ’22. They are members of The Great Oak Society. Debbie and Pete have been a part of the Episcopal community for two years and served as New Parent Ambassadors and Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives last year. Pete is Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations for FIS.
Middle School Parent Chairs
Julie and Bill McLaurine are parents of Will ’19 and Alex ’23. They have been a part of the Episcopal community for five years and have been Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives for the past two years. Julie was a member of All Star Bash and Chef’s Table committees. Julie is the Correspondent Marketing and Communications Director at Mr. Cooper, and Bill is a Member Relationship Specialist Supervisor at VyStar Credit Union.
Class of 2019 Parent Chairs
Andree and Brian King are parents of Samuel ’19, Nathaniel ’19, Walker ’19 and Meredith who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of 2020. Andree and Brian have been a part of the Episcopal Community for five years. They are members of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society. Brian joined the Episcopal Board of Trustees in 2015 where he serves on the Finance Committee and led the Strategic Planning Committee. They served as New Parent Ambassadors for two years. Andree is on the Boosters Board and has served on Chef’s Table, BBQ Bash, and Under the Big Top committees. She is Chair of the 2018-2019 Bash.
Parent of Alumni Chairs
Kelly Mannel and Ron Mackoul ’83 are parents of Katie ’13 and Jonathan ’16. They are members of The 1966 Society and were Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives for two years. Kelly was involved with FANS. As a student, Ron was a member of the Cum Laude Society, student government and participated in football and track. Ron is President of Mackoul Distributions, Inc. and Kelly is Founder and President of ImagePartners, Inc. ImagePartners, Inc. has been a Corporate Partner for the past two years.
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 four 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, along with being a Consultant for Rodan + Fields.
Faculty and Staff Chairs
Lori Sackman joined Episcopal in 1986. She is a member of The 1966 Society. Lori has worn many hats at Episcopal from being a volleyball, basketball, softball and golf coach, to teaching English, speech, and theatre. She has also served as the Middle School Theatre Director and Theatre Technical Director. Lori is currently the Director of Library Services. She is a recipient of the Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Kip Collins joined Episcopal in 2010. He is a Middle School mathematics instructor and the Wrestling Program Director. Kip is a member of The 1966 Society and is a recipient of the Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching. Kip and his wife, Allison have one son, Thomas Collins III.
Alumni Eagle Society Chair
Lesley Marchman Gittings '06 is a member of The 1966 Society, The Great Oak Society and The Eagle Society. Lesley 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. Lesley was the recipient of the Celeste Hampton Award for softball. Lesley and her husband, Kyle have a daughter, Ann Randle.
Corporate Partners Chair
Ed Tennant and his wife Cris ’82 are members of The 1966 Society and The Great Oak Society. They have two sons that are graduates, Riley ’15 and Chase ’17. Ed is owner and President of A/C Designs, Inc. which has been a Corporate Partner for five 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.
- Head of School 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 – $6,500 to $9,999
- Silver Oak Circle – $3,500 to $6,499
- Great Oak Circle – $2,000 to $3,499
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 $2,000 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 – $1,000 to $1,999
- Cornerstone – $500 to $999
- Steward – $250 to $499
- Builder – up to $249
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.