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.

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: $1,500 – 2,499

The Winged Lion Society celebrates those who give $1,500 or more annually to the Lion’s Pride Fund. Members are invited to an exclusive reception honoring their commitment to our students. 

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. 

Ways to Make a Gift

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  • Gifts of Cash

    Most gifts to St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School are cash contributions, for which donors may itemize deductions. 
  • Make a Donation by Credit Card or eCheck

    Please complete the secure form on this page.
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  • Send a Check by Mail

    All checks should be made out to “St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School” and sent to:

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School
    Attn: Development Office
    4114 Oxford Avenue
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
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  • Appreciated Stocks & Securities

    Gifts of appreciated stocks provide immediate support to the School. Donors may realize substantial savings by transferring appreciated stock to the School prior to the sale. Capital gains on the amount of appreciation may be avoided, and the donor may receive a tax deduction based on the fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift. St. Mark’s has established an account to facilitate electronic transfers. Please contact Susan Kwartler, Director of Development, (904) 388-2632 x407, to obtain the transfer instructions.
  • Matching Gifts

    Whether you give cash or securities, your employer may be one of many who offer matching gift programs which double, and in some cases even triple, the value of your gift to the School.
  • Gifts-in-Kind

    Donations of technology, equipment, furniture and other items relevant to our educational program and in good condition are welcome. The donor, through appraisal, market comparisons or record of purchase, determines the fair market value of the gift.
  • Real Estate

    Gifts of real estate, including personal residences, vacation homes, commercial properties, and unimproved land, may offer exceptional tax benefits for the donors while providing support for the School. Prior to acceptance, all gifts of real estate are reviewed by the Board of Trustees and the Foundation Board of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church to determine if acceptance of the gift is in the best interest of the School.
  • Deferred Giving

    Deferred giving, often referred to as planned giving, allows almost any individual to provide a gift to the School while carrying out personal financial goals. Through planned giving, donors may find they are able to make a more generous gift to St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School while receiving financial benefits such as increased current income, tax savings, avoidance of capital gains tax, and reduced estate-settlement costs. Please notify the School if you have already included, or plan to include the School in your estate plans. There are many ways in which life insurance policies can be used to make a contribution, all of which provide tax deductions to estate taxes. By making provisions in your will for the School, you make a gift to the future of St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School.

    As deferred gifts and some forms of current gifts can be complicated and carry significant tax benefits, donors are encouraged to consult the Development Office and their own financial planner. Contact Susan Kwartler, at 388-2632 ext 407.

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