Why Give

Why your gift is needed...

For nearly 60 years The Walker School’s parents, friends and families have selflessly given of their time, talent and resources to ensure our mission is fulfilled for every generation of Walker students.  What started as a small kindergarten class of 10 students in the basement of St. James Episcopal Church on the historic Marietta Square, has grown over the last half century into an exceptional college preparatory school.
Walker is the extraordinary school it is because of the generous philanthropic support of its families, both past and present. It is through the act of giving that Walker is able to maintain its fine academic, arts and athletic programs, and attract and retain the finest educators.  There are so many ways to give; please explore these pages to discover what works best for you and your family. Remember that your gifts deepen the educational experience at The Walker School.

List of 5 items.

  • Annual Fund

    What is it:  Money for the school's current-year operating expenses.  Annual gifts make up the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of running the school. Such gifts are usually unrestricted (meaning that donors will allow the school to spend them on all areas of need relating to academics, arts and athletic programs) and almost never spent on items outside the operating budget. 

    Its practical equivalent: A checking account that helps the school accomplish its daily work. 

    What it supports:  Teacher salaries and benefits, but also library acquisitions, teaching tools, educational technology and equipment, continuing education for staff, and such necessities as light bulbs.

    *excerpt from Gifts That Give Back, published by the National Association of Independent Schools, 2012
  • Capital Campaign

    What it is: Major gifts to meet building and endowment needs the school cannot pay for our of tuition funds. 

    What it supports: Usually bricks-and-mortar building projects - new facilities or major renovations - but sometimes endowment as well. 

    When you'll be asked for a capital gift:  Schools tend to conduct capital campaigns once or twice a decade. Because the needed gifts are large, you can usually pay your pledge over three to five years.

    Why the school asks for an annual fund gift even while you are making a capital campaign gift: For the same reason you have to pay your mortgage while you're putting an addition on your house. The school must continue to meet its operating costs even as it's making major acquisitions and improvements.

    *excerpt from Gifts That Give Back, published by the National Association of Independent Schools, 2012
  • Matching Gifts

    What are they: As an employee benefit, more than 1,560 American companies - from Coca-Cola to Home Depot to Bank of America - match their staff's philanthropic contributions.  Matching gifts allow you to double or even triple your gift to the school.

    How they work: After confirming that your employer is indeed a matching gift corporation, get a matching gift form or link (usually from the Human Resources Department), fill it out, and send it to the school with your gift.  The school's advancement office then submits and/or confirms the gift with the company's matching gift department, which sends the check directly to the school. (Also ask if your employer will match volunteer hours with a donation to the school, as some corporations do this.)

    *excerpt from Gifts That Give Back, published by the National Association of Independent Schools, 2012
  • Endowment

    What is it: Major gifts to a fund that takes the pressure off the operating budget. Endowment principal remains intact as the school spends a percentage of the interest income.  Established boarding schools with strong alumni donor bases tend to have larger endowments than day schools, though most day schools are working hard to increase theirs.

    Its practical equivalent: A savings account.  Most schols have a policy about how much endowment income they'll spend each year so they don't invade the principal. 

    What endowment giving supports: The security to invest in faculty compensation or new faculty positions (often called endowed chairs), funds for professional development, enriched academic programs and resources, and financial aid.

    *excerpt from Gifts That Give Back, published by the National Association of Independent Schools, 2012
  • Planned Gifts

    What it is: A gift vehicle - often a bequest, trust, or gift of real or personal property - that helps both the donor and the school.  The donor reduces taxes, increases income, or satisfies another personal financial need.  The school receives a significant outright or deferred gift. 

    The ideal planned gift donors: Those who believe in giving back for the benefit of future generations; want to link a family name with the school in perpetuity; would like to commit to a bigger gift by combining an outright donation with deferred support; or will be able to make a larger gift at death than during their lifetimes.

    Caveat: Before naming a school in your will or considering another kind of planned gift, consult with an attorney or financial advisor to explore the type of planned gift that is best for you and your family.

    *excerpt from Gifts That Give Back, published by the National Association of Independent Schools, 2012
  • Main Campus

    700 Cobb Parkway North
    Marietta, GA 30062
  • Primary School

    830 Damar Road
    Marietta, GA 30062
The Walker School is a private, co-ed day school offering opportunities in academics, arts, and athletics for preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students in Metro Atlanta.