2018-2019 Annual Fund Leadership
Dear Friends and Parents,
Please join us in supporting the 2018-2019 Episcopal Collegiate Annual Fund. As parents of two students (Ellie – 6th grade and Laney – 3rd grade), we value the many benefits Episcopal Collegiate School provides and are thankful for the opportunities we expect it will unlock for our girls. We made Little Rock our new home nearly four years ago, and as we got to know our new community, among the many wonderful “finds” was Episcopal. We were welcomed with open arms by a caring staff that went out of their way to ease the transition for us all, and since then have found the academics, culture, and character of the school to be incomparable to anything we had known. Our girls have grown so much and are thriving as a direct result of the dedicated and thoughtful faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as the support of all of you. This is a truly special place, and we are looking forward to the rest of our Episcopal journey.
One of our biggest “new to Little Rock surprises” was the Episcopal Collegiate tuition; it just frankly seemed a little too good to be true for such an outstanding independent school. We have since learned why. The school’s operating revenue is drawn from three primary sources: tuition, support from the endowment, and gifts to the Annual Fund. Tuition payments do not fully cover the costs of the exceptional Episcopal facilities, people, and programs. The “gap” between the cost of tuition and the cost to educate and provide all the wonderful programs for our children is approximately $6,145 per student. Through contributions from the endowment and the Annual Fund, all Episcopal children essentially receive partial scholarships. However, in recent years, support from the endowment has exceeded its investment income, and as a result, Annual Fund contributions are more important than ever.
We want to both thank you for your past gifts to the Annual Fund and strongly encourage you to continue your support of this important cause. If you are new to Episcopal or have not had the opportunity to give, please consider a contribution this year. Our hope is that each family will participate with a donation that is appropriate for them.
Katie and Clay Hunter
Parents of Ellie (Class of 2025) and Laney (Class of 2028)