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2019-2020 Summit Support

Summit Support is our annual publication illustrating the impact of your gifts to Summit. Thank you for your support of inspiring learning. 

Message of Gratitude from the Head of School

Message of Gratitude from Board Chair

because of you

Kindergartners find their voice



Grandparent Valentine

Annual Giving Clubs

Memorials & Tributes

Donor Roll

Alumni Giving by Decade

New Donors

Capital & Endowment Gifts

Patrons for Tomorrow

Henry Winkler Lunch


Grandparent Valentine

Thanks to these special grandparents whose Valentine’s Day messages contributed more than $16,000 to Summit School.


Annual Giving Clubs

Onward and Upward Society
The Onward and Upward Society celebrates Summit’s generous donors who give at the leadership level of $2,300 or greater. The $2,300 amount bridges the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each Summit student.


Memorials and Tributes

Summit School is honored to remember the following individuals by gifts made in their memory.

Gifts were made in honor of the following individuals and groups.


Donor Roll

Donors to the Summit Fund by constituency group (# years of consecutive giving).


Alumni Giving by Decade


New Donors

Thank you to the following donors who made Summit a philanthropic priority for the first time this year. We hope to earn your loyal support through the impact your Summit Fund, endowment, and/or capital gifts make on inspiring learning at Summit School.


Capital and Endowment Gifts 

Total Endowment graphic

Named Endowment Funds
Summit’s endowment funds, established in 1959, have grown to more than $15.2 million and generate $760,000 annually for the operating budget. Gifts to the endowment enable Summit to respond quickly to needs and allow the school to be innovative.

The Board’s policy is to spend 5% of a three year rolling average of the value of the endowment for operations.

Each of the following funds supports the area under which it is listed. The year following the fund name indicates the year in which it was established. 

For full descriptions of each of the named endowment funds, please visit

Donor names are listed under any new gifts to specific funds.


Patrons for Tomorrow

Planned charitable gifts allow alumni, current and former parents, grandparents, faculty and staff, and other Summit friends to leave a lasting legacy at Summit School. Summit’s mission is made possible by thoughtful, engaged leaders, including our Patrons for Tomorrow listed here, who demonstrate their commitment to Summit’s future with a planned gift.


Lunch with Henry Winkler

On September 9, 2020, Triad Academy at Summit School hosted Lunch with Henry Winkler, featuring speeches by noted actor, writer, producer, director, author, and dyslexia advocate Henry Winkler, and former Triad Academy division student and Summit graduate Jessica Branch ’19.

The virtual event raised more than $125,000 for financial aid to benefit current and future students with dyslexia who need a Triad Academy education.

Our students and school community are grateful to our generous supporters!

5th graders demonstrate empathy


8th graders find themselves through autobiographies


Summit transitioned smoothly to virtual learning


Signature events marched on


Students love their teachers