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 of leadership donors and The 1966 Society of loyalty givers. 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. Her three children all attended Episcopal.
Middle School Parent Chairs
Katherine and Chris Rabil are parents of Natalie ’23 and Will ’25. They have been a part of the Episcopal community for two years and were Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives last year. Katherine was the 2018-2019 Parents’ Association treasurer and chaired Christmas at Episcopal. She was a 2018 and 2019 auction committee member, and is the 2019-2020 Vice President of the Parents’ Association. Chris is a partner and real estate lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP.
Class of 2020 Parent Chairs
Lara and Bob Leinenweber are parents of Nicholas ’18 and Olivia ’20. They were New Parent Ambassadors last year, and Lara was a 2018 auction committee member. Bob is owner and president of Eastern Shores Construction, Inc.
Upper School Parent Chairs
Kim and Dan Goodman are parents of Will ’20, MJ ’21, Elizabeth ’26. They are members of The 1966 Society of loyalty and have been Episcopal Fund parent representatives for four years. Kim and Dan are business owners of GameTruck Jacksonville.
New Parent Chairs
Suzanne and Jason Burhyte ’93 are parents of Grace ‘22 and Kathleen ’23. They are members of The Great Oak Society of leadership donors. Suzanne and Jason co-chaired the 2016 Episcopal Golf and Tennis Tournament. Jason is the managing partner for Pablo River Partners.
Marilynn and Ira Goldfield are grandparents of Alexander ’19 and Hannah ’21. They have been a part of the Episcopal community for four years. Ira works with life insurance, annuity and medicare insurance for The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. Marilynn is enjoying her retirement from a 36 year career with Lee & Cates Glass Company.
Mary Lanier Cook ’94 is parent to William ’20 and Mary Emma ’22. She is a member of The 1966 Society of loyalty donors. Mary was the 2015-16 Episcopal Fund Chair and an Episcopal Fund Parent Representative for four years. Mary is a member of the Alumni Board and has served on several committees, including Admissions, Networking, and was the 2018-19 Reunion Weekend Chair. Mary was a 2019 auction committee chair and served on two previous auction committees. While at Episcopal, Mary was involved with rowing and a member of the Cum Laude Society. In addition to all of the ways Mary supports Episcopal, she also volunteers at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School where her son Stuart is a student.
Peter T. Blumeyer ’08 is a member of The 1966 Society of loyalty givers and The Eagle Society of young alumni leadership donors. Peter is a member of the Alumni Board, where he previously co-chaired the Young Alumni committee and served as the Vice President of Membership. He has also been an Alumni Class Representative for the past three years. While at Episcopal, he ran cross country and track, was a member of the student government and Honor Council, and was valedictorian for the Class of 2008. Peter is an associate attorney practicing in the Private Wealth Services Group with Holland & Knight LLP.
Faculty and Staff Co-Chairs
Elizabeth Hartman ’07 joined Episcopal in 2017. She is a Middle School math instructor and Cross Country coach. When she was a student at Episcopal, Elizabeth swam and played soccer. She was the recipient of the Jefferson Book Award, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Perry Walthour joined Episcopal in 2012. He is a micro economics and macro economics instructor, teaches US history, and coached football. Perry and his wife, Ginny, are members of The 1966 Society of loyalty givers. They are parents of Fleming ’25 and Amelia ’26.
Parent of Alumni Chairs
Terry Rodriguez-Yip and Daniel Yip are parents of Catherine ’14. They are members of The 1966 Society of loyalty givers and were Episcopal Fund Parent Representatives for two years. As an Episcopal Parent, Terry was active with the Parents’ Association and FANS. Dan is a cardiologist specializing in advanced heart failure and transplantation at Mayo Clinic, and Terry is a full time volunteer at their church.
Alumni Eagle Society Chair
Tracy Thompson ’12 is a member of The Eagle Society of young alumni leadership donors and a member of the Alumni Board where he was a Reunion Weekend Committee member. He has been an Alumni Class Representative for four years. Tracy received the Alumni Association Leadership Award in 201-2012. While at Episcopal, he swam, played baseball and football, and was a member of the weightlifting team. Tracy is a project engineer at Danis.
Corporate Partners Chairs
Claudio Varella and his wife Beatriz are parents of JP ’22. They have been a part of the Episcopal community for three years. Claudio and Beatriz own Varella Endodontics, which has supported Episcopal as a Corporate Partner for 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.
- 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. Please contact your employer for matching gift guidelines for your company.