The Founder’s Associates program is the cornerstone of annual giving to St. Mark’s, recognizing donors who contribute $1,500 or more during the fiscal year. The mission of the program is to build a stronger culture of leadership annual giving to the School, providing a more reliable and predictable source of revenue. Founder’s Associate donors are among the School’s most loyal and generous supporters.
All Founder’s Associates are vital members of a community of donors who share a commitment to educating St. Markers for lives of leadership and service. Founder’s Associates receive special recognition in the St. Mark’s Annual Report, invitations to exclusive events with faculty, and an invitation to St. Mark’s premier evening of stewardship- our annual Founder’s Associates Event. Perhaps most importantly, as a member of the Founder’s Associates, you will have the pride of knowing that you are helping St. Mark’s continue to provide an outstanding experience for its students. We hope you will consider joining this distinguished group of St. Mark’s supporters.
The Founder’s Associates program is comprised of gift clubs:
Young Alumni Founder's Associates
Recent graduates have a unique way to support St. Mark’s—as a young alumnus/a member of the Founder's Associates. For the first 15 years after graduation, young alumni/ae can join this society by making incremental gifts at a leadership level. This program allows young alumni/ae to gradually increase their giving during the first 15 years after graduating St. Mark's in hopes that they will reach the $1,500 Founder's Associates level.
Gifts of $1,500 to $2,499 - Named for William Edward Peck, who served as headmaster of St. Mark’s from 1883 to 1894.
Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999 - Named after William W. Barber Jr., Class of 1928, and ninth Headmaster of St. Mark’s, from 1948 to 1968.
Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999 - Named after Dr. Francis Parkman, Class of 1915, and Headmaster of St. Mark’s from 1930 to 1942.
Gifts of $10,000 to $24,999 - Named after the Rev. William G. Thayer, who served as St. Mark’s’ longest serving Headmaster, from 1894 to 1930. Select this link for more information on The Thayer Society Funds for Excellence.
Gifts of $25,000 to $49,999 - Named after Joseph Burnett who, in 1865, founded St. Mark’s School.
St. Mark’s Society
Gifts of $50,000 to $99,999 - Named for all St. Mark’s students, past and present, whose lives have been enriched by their St. Mark’s experience.