Capital and Endowment Gifts
Gifts to support capital projects and the endowment come in many ways: unrestricted, restricted, or named endowments which support an area of particular interest to a donor and by bequest.
Roots & Reach Campaign
Summit is a strong school today because past families planned and gave to support its capital growth.
All members of the Summit School community are responsible for its long-term interests and financial stability, and are asked to make Summit a philanthropic priority to maintain the quality of the school’s facilities and programs. Current Summit students benefit directly from the investments made in our plant and facilities by generations of families before us, as well as the visionary and bold decisions entrusted to the community by the Board of Trustees.
The goal for the Roots & Reach Campaign is to raise $1 million by 2026.
Summit’s endowment funds, established in 1959, have grown to more than $14,100,000 and generate $720,000 annually for the operating budget. These funds enable Summit to respond quickly to needs and keep the school innovative.
Summit has the largest per student endowment of NCAIS (North Carolina Association of Independent Schools) schools. The Board’s policy is to spend 5% of a three year rolling average of the value of the endowment for operations.
Gifts to the general endowment fund are always welcome. If you are interested in establishing a permanent, named endowment, or for additional information, please contact Jeanne Sayers, Director of Development, at 336-724-5811.
- Summit School Endowment Fund – 1959
- Joe Parrish Jr. Sports Fund – 1985
- Clara Allen Scholarship Fund - 1990
- Louise Futrell Fund – 1990
- Lewis Fund For Faculty Excellence – 1990
- Lula Ditmore Sandlin Fund for Teaching Enrichment – 1990
- Aurelia Plumly Spaugh Fund – 1992
- Wilson Family Enrichment Fund – 1993
- Jessica Marsha Wolfman '94 Exchange Fund – 1994
- Kate Sandridge Sink '53 Fund – 1995
- Albert L. Butler, Jr. and Elizabeth Bahnson Butler Endowment of the Lewis Fund for Faculty Excellence – 1997
- Alumni Scholarship Fund – 1997
- Head’s Discretionary Fund – 1997
- Anne Hanes Willis '36 Endowment of the Lewis Fund for Faculty Excellence – 1997
- Elizabeth Fuller and Henry Lewis Valk Fund for Faculty Excellence – 1999
- Marian G. DeBell Fund – 2000
- The Perkinson Family Travel Fund – 2000
- Marian Millaway Douglas '69 Award for Faculty Excellence – 2001
- Mary Lee Nelson LaFar Moore Endowment for Faculty Support – 2001
- Sara Courtney Bradshaw '05 Fund – 2001
- Donna Shores Diversity Fund – 2002
- Summit School Opportunity Fund – 2006
- Thomas A. Gray '63 Endowment – 2008
- Katherine V. Rachel Moyer Class of '00 Endowment Fund – 2013
- Endowment for the Center for Excellence and Innovation – 2014
- Sylvia Holt Cebeci '56 Memorial Fund – 2014
Albert L. Butler, Jr. and Elizabeth Bahnson Butler Endowment of the Lewis Fund for Faculty Excellence – 1997Established by Betty and Albert Butler, Summit parents, trustees and grandparents, to honor Doug and Bingle Lewis on the occasion of their retirement and to continue the Lewises’ commitment to supporting quality teaching at Summit.
The Perkinson Family Travel Fund - 2000Established in memory of Carl J. Perkinson by Mrs. Carl J. Perkinson, Mrs. Gladys Perkinson Hershey 1979, Mr. John Perkinson 1974 and Ms. Elizabeth Graves Perkinson 1971 to help students with demonstrated financial need enrich their educational experiences by participating in school-endorsed trips.
Marian Millaway Douglas '69 Award for Faculty Excellence – 2001Established by family and friends to honor Mrs. Douglas for her love of and dedication to Summit, and to recognize her parents who made a Summit education a priority for their daughter. This fund will reward teachers whose excellence and enthusiasm spark the flame of learning in students.
Mary Lee Nelson LaFar Moore Endowment for Faculty Support – 2001Established by bequest from Mary Lee Moore, parent of Thomas O. Moore III 1974, Robertson L. Moore 1976, Mary Lee H. Moore 1981, and grandparent of Thomas O. Moore IV 2006, George B. Moore 2008, David R. L. Moore 2010 and Elizabeth A. Moore 2014 to enhance teaching excellence at Summit.
Donna Shores Diversity Fund – 2002Established in loving memory of Donna by her colleagues at Summit, with additional funding from the Summit School Parents’ Association and other friends. In recognition of Donna’s 29 years of master teaching at Summit, this fund will support diversity through financial aid.
Summit School Opportunity Fund - 2006Established at the Winston-Salem Foundation by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to honor Dr. Ramon Velez for his service on their Poor and Needy Division Advisory board. This fund will be used to provide financial aid to children of needy families in Forsyth County.
Sylvia Holt Cebeci '56 Memorial Fund – 2014Established by Dr. Tuncer Cebeci in honor of his late wife, Sylvia Holt Cebeci, Summit School Class of 1956. This fund will provide need-based tuition assistance for deserving students. Learn more here.