Supporting Walker

Walker Annual Fund

A culture of philanthropy is at the heart of a great educational institution. Revenue from tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating students at The Walker School - or any independent school. Nearly 5 percent of every Walker student's education is made possible by philanthropic dollars, given through the Annual Fund. These tax-deductible contributions help bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of providing an exceptional educational experience for all students.

The Annual Fund is a tax-deductible opportunity for parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, trustees and friends of Walker to support the resources and programs that are essential to our students' success. That is why a contribution to the Annual Fund is the first and most important gift we ask of every member of the Walker community.

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  • giving levels

    Chairman's Circle$15,000 and above
    Headmaster's Circle$10,000 - $14,999
    Principal's Circle$5,000 - $9,999
    St. James Club$2,500 - $4,999
    Waterman Club$1,500 - $2,499
    Other Giving Levels
    Wolverine Level$1,000 - $1,499
    Maroon and Gold Level$500 - $999
    Supporter Levelup to $499

Annual Fund FAQ

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  • How much of a difference can my gift make, really?

    The Walker School has fewer supporters than a large university or charity. But our needs are just as great, so every gift counts more. That’s why we ask every member of the Walker community – including our Board of Trustees, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends – to make a yearly gift to the Annual Fund.

    The culture of philanthropy at Walker - both past and present - allows your child to benefit from an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning.
  • How much should my family contribute?

    We ask that everyone in our Walker community give at the level that is right for their family. Gifts at all levels - from the Leadership Society to the Supporter Level - are greatly valued and deeply appreciated.
  • My family already pays tuition. Why is a gift to the Walker Annual Fund needed as well?

    It is a reality not just at Walker but at all independent schools: tuition alone cannot fund the entire cost of a private education. Because tuition only covers 95% of the school's operating costs, Walker is dependent upon unrestricted Annual Fund contributions to help close the gap between tuition and the true cost of a Walker education each year. Your voluntary, tax-deductible support helps Walker address its highest priorities and immediate needs within the current school year's operating budget. 
  • You stress the need for a high level of participation in the Walker Annual Fund, especially among parents. Why is this so critical?

    High participation rates among members of the Walker community are a vote of confidence - a sign that our parents and others invest in our students' future and support the school’s mission. This percentage has a direct impact on gifts from outside sources such as grant-making foundations. High rates of participation are required by foundations before they will consider our grant requests. Walker's participation rates have been instrumental in helping the school secure nearly $3 million in grant funds in recent years.
  • How does the Walker Annual Fund benefit my child and my family?

    Every dollar contributed to the Walker Annual Fund is used to provide for the outstanding faculty, programs and facilities that directly benefit your student every day.

    Specifically, gifts to the Annual Fund help Walker:
    • Ensure that faculty salaries remain competitive so that we can retain the finest teachers, coaches and staff. They also work to provide professional development opportunities so that faculty and staff gain new knowledge and skills in their area of expertise.
    • Integrate state-of-the-art technology and new curriculum materials into our classrooms and libraries.
    • Provide the resources needed to sustain and enhance our high quality academic, arts and athletic programs.
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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.