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Our Episcopal Identity

School Worship

Creative, inclusive, and drawing fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, worship is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.

Community Life

Reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.

Religious Study

Meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.

Social Justice

Equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service learning into the life of the school.

Giving Opportunities

Episcopal Collegiate School offers many different giving programs that can offer donors various options for supporting the school while providing them with favorable tax advantages.

Annual Fund

At independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating students each year. Episcopal Collegiate School is no exception. The Annual Fund provides the school with some of the essential operating dollars that bridge the gap between our tuition income and the full cost of providing a quality education for our students.

To make a gift or pledge to the Episcopal Collegiate Annual Fund online, please click here or contact Kyle Arnold at karnold@episcopalcollegiate.org.

Endowment Fund

In addition to annual operations and capital needs, another avenue of support for the school is through the Endowment Fund. Gifts to the Episcopal Collegiate School Endowment are long-term investments. Future benefits will include using a percentage of the return to:

  • Recruit and retain top faculty members,
  • Invest in students through financial assistance and enhanced programs,
  • Continue to offer state-of-the-art facilities, and
  • Remain nationally competitive, serving as a role model among our academic peers

The permanent Endowment was established on May 11, 2004 with a gift of $30 million from Jackson T. Stephens, along with his son, Warren A. Stephens and his wife, Harriet.

For questions about making a gift to the Endowment Fund, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement, Matt Radtke, at 501-978-4420 or mradtke@episcopalcollegiate.org.

Matching Gifts

There is no easier way to double the impact of your contribution than through matching gifts. Many companies match donations to charitable organizations. To learn more, please visit our Matching Gifts page, or contact Director of Institutional Advancement, Matt Radtke, at mradtke@episcopalcollegiate.org.

Planned Gifts

 

As families plan for their financial futures, they are often looking for ways to increase their tax savings, help a parent or grandparent provide for retirement, or reduce the size of a taxable estate. A planned gift to Episcopal Collegiate School can help families achieve these goals while leaving a legacy at the school that will impact future generations. To learn more about Planned Giving, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement, Matt Radtke, at mradtke@episcopalcollegiate.org.

 

 

 

Scholarships

Endowed scholarships are established with a gift of $250,000.00. The interest earned provides qualified students with need-based financial assistance. At Episcopal Collegiate's first commencement in May 2004, Warren A. Stephens, President of the Foundation Board of Directors announced that the Foundation had received commitments totaling $1,000,000.00 to endow four scholarships:

  • The Margaret W. Clark Endowed Scholarship
  • The Patricia F. Erwin Endowed Scholarship
  • The Ellen House Simpson and James D. Simpson, Jr. Endowed Scholarship
  • The Stella Boyle Smith Endowed Scholarship

Other Scholarships Established To Date

  • The Jackson T. Stephens Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • The Brown Foundation Endowed Scholarship
  • The Alumni Scholarship
  • General Scholarship

Along with endowed scholarships, gifts may be made to provide immediate, financial assistance to qualified students in need. Individuals can designate that their gift (of any amount) will benefit part, or all, of the tuition which ranges from PreK3 of $4,040 to $12,570 for Middle and Upper School.

Please contact the Advancement Office at 501-978-4418 to learn more about financial assistance gifts.

The Girlfriend Fund

Robin Davis and Becky Scott, girlfriends of Cathy Hamilton Mayton, established “The Girlfriend Fund” to honor Cathy for her dedication to Episcopal Collegiate School. The fund has become a way for individuals to honor others that are near and dear to them. The proceeds from The Girlfriend Fund support faculty development.

To learn more or make a gift to the Girlfriend Fund, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement, Matt Radtke, at mradtke@episcopalcollegiate.org.

Ways to Give

One of the reasons why Episcopal Collegiate School continues to be the premier independent school in Little Rock is because of the generosity it receives for education from current parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. It is impossible to name the countless ways our supporters give from school volunteering to financial support. This commitment to Episcopal is uplifting and inspiring, and allows the school to carry out the school’s mission to instill in students a commitment to academic excellence and a recognition of individual potential that will contribute to the development of their characters.

Support to Episcopal comes in two main ways: gifts of time and gifts of “treasure.” Volunteering at Episcopal can take many forms: staffing the concession stand at a football game, serving as a homeroom parent, assisting with the auction, or stuffing envelopes. Whatever your talent or passion, Episcopal could use, and most of all, appreciates your help.

Gifts of Cash

Gifts of cash may be made either outright or as a multi-year pledge. These gifts are fully deductible up to a maximum of 50% of the donor's adjusted gross income.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of securities may be made either outright or as multi-year pledges. Such gifts allow the donor to receive a charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the security (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income) while avoiding both capital gains and alternative minimum taxes on the increased value of the security.

Your broker may electronically transfer ownership of the stock to Episcopal Collegiate School’s account at Stephens, Inc. (see account information below).

Please note: Stock transfers must be initiated by June 1 in order to allow time for processing by our June 30 fiscal year end.

Give your broker the following information:
Account Name: Episcopal Collegiate School
Federal I.D. #: 62-1714575
Account Number: 208400183
Transfer To: Stephens, Inc.
Stephens Contact: Sandy Sawyers, (501) 377-2377

Important: Please notify or have your broker notify Matt Radtke, Director of Institutional Advancement, at (501) 978-4418 when you have initiated an electronic transfer for donations of stock.

Gifts of Property

Real estate – residential property, vacation home, undeveloped land, or commercial buildings – may make an excellent gift, especially if the property is appreciated.  As with other assets held longer than one year, you receive a charitable income tax deduction for its appraised value and may avoid capital gains on the appreciation. Gifts of real estate require more pre-gift review than other gifts, which normally include a site visit, an environmental assessment, and a title report.

Donations of artwork, computers, books, equipment, and furniture can provide helpful additions to Episcopal Collegiate School. Before making a gift of tangible personal property, however, please consult the Advancement Office to confirm that your gift can be used as you wish, while also meeting Episcopal Collegiate School's needs.

Life Insurance

Donors may name Episcopal Collegiate School as a beneficiary and owner of life insurance policies. A donor may have purchased insurance in previous years for a purpose that no longer exists or is fulfilled through some other means. The donor is allowed an income tax deduction for the cost of premiums in the contract plus any future premiums paid by the donor.

Bequests, The Shield and Laurel Circle

A gift through one's will is perhaps the most popular form of a planned gift. Such gifts may enable a donor to make a significant contribution to Episcopal Collegiate School that was not possible during his or her lifetime. A bequest to the School can be included in the body of a will or in an addition (a codicil). As with lifetime gifts, a bequest may be unrestricted, providing Episcopal Collegiate School with the flexibility to meet its needs as they arise, or a specific gift may be designated for the use of your bequest. Testamentary gifts to Episcopal Collegiate School are typically deductible for estate tax purposes and may be made in several ways.

Specific Bequest

You may stipulate that a certain percentage of your estate, or a certain dollar amount, or particular securities, or other assets be given to Episcopal Collegiate School.

Residuary Bequest

You may state that a portion of your estate be given to Episcopal Collegiate School after specific amounts are distributed to other beneficiaries.

Testimentary Charitable Trust

You may establish a unitrust or annuity trust for the benefit of specific beneficiaries through your will. The trust principal is transferred to Episcopal Collegiate School only after the death of the last trust beneficiary.

Reserved Income

Trusts may be designed to provide income to Episcopal Collegiate School for a period of years, and then the assets (which may have appreciated) are returned to the donors or their heirs. Known as "lead trusts," they provide an excellent opportunity to support the school significantly while assuring continued family control of the assets in a tax-considered manner.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Trusts of this type may be used to increase donor cash flow from highly appreciated and low dividend securities. The donor receives an agreed upon amount or percentage from the fund in income for his life or for the life of his spouse. Thereafter, the principal passes to the school.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Another vehicle that keeps property in the family is a lead trust, whereby you make a gift of income to Episcopal Collegiate School for a term of years. After the term is over, the principal may be passed on to your children or your estate.

Lead trusts can provide a means of directing assets to children or other heirs in a cost-effective way. Lead trusts do have a number of income and gift tax consequences, however, which should be considered before making a gift.