Lion's Pride Fund

A Tradition of Giving.
On September 1, 1970, the first generation of St. Mark’s students walked through the school doors to enjoy the finest quality education in a loving and caring environment. In those early days, St. Mark’s had 170 students that made up one class for each grade, one through six. For generations, our students have grown and flourished, as St. Mark’s has developed into the 21st century school it is today. We have been incredibly fortunate that for the past 46 years, supporting our school has been a philanthropic priority for many people in our community.

We are grateful for and dependent upon the contributions from our parents, alumni, and friends who share a dedication and love for this remarkable place. We strive daily to preserve St. Mark’s history and traditions while at the same time moving our school forward into the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the Lion's Pride Fund?

    As an independent school, St. Mark’s relies on a tradition of giving to help us fulfill our mission of preparing our students to learn and lead in our global community. We accomplish this through our Lion’s Pride Fund, the largest annual fundraising program at St. Mark’s. Every member of the school community – parents, grandparents, trustees, faculty/staff, alumni and friends – will be asked to send a gift to help us reach this year’s $190,000 Lion’s Pride Fund goal.
  • Q: Why do you ask every year?

    Since the Lion’s Pride Fund helps St. Mark’s balance the annual operating budget, we ask for a gift every year.  The fiscal year at St. Mark’s runs from July 1 to June 30, and the Lion’s Pride Fund runs on the same calendar.  We hope you will send a gift every year within that timeframe.  You can pledge now, and pay any time before June 30.
  • Q: How is my Lion's Pride Fun Gift Spent?

    Gifts to the Lion’s Pride Fund go into the school’s general operating budget. While tuition covers the cost of basic school operations, these dollars allow school leaders to pay for all of the “extras” that strengthen our programs and enhance your child’s education. You may direct your gift to a specified area within the budget: Academics, Christian Education, Fine Arts, PE, Technology, Financial Aid, or you can also select “Where Needed Most.”
  • Q: How much am I expected to give?

    The Lion’s Pride Fund covers the difference between tuition charged and the actual current cost to educate a St. Mark’s student. Ideally, each family would give the $1,250 “gap” amount. However, we know all family circumstances are unique, so we ask that you make a gift that is meaningful to you. Gifts of all sizes make a difference.  The goal is to reach 100% participation by our current families.  With high participation rates, it allows our community to qualify for support from outside corporate foundations.  All gifts the Lion's Pride Fund are tax deductible. 

Gift Levels

Patron: $500 – 1,249
Friend: $250 – 499
Associate: $1 – 249
Winged Lion Society
Top of the Pride: $10,000 and above
Founder: $7,500 – 9,999
Leadership: $5,000 – 7,499
Cornerstone: $2,500 – 4,900
Benefactor: $1,250 – 2,499

The Winged Lion Society celebrates those who give $1,250 or more annually to the Lion’s Pride Fund. Members are invited to an exclusive reception honoring their commitment to our students.