This year, we are revamping our Annual Fund program and introducing a 100 Day Campaign! It is our hope that we will achieve 100% participation from parents, staff, and our board in 100 days. Our efforts will culminate on December 31st. You may pledge now and pay through June 30, 2020.

Our focus again this year will be on the Campus Fund, which enables us to continue the ongoing efforts in support of our campus expansion. Though we have come so far in a short period of time with the completion of the Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center, there is still work to be done on our new Upper School Gymnasium.

The Annual Fund is the heart of the school's fundraising efforts in which every family is asked to provide an annual donation to the school. All donations through the Annual Fund are used for one of the five designations below, each supporting a specific area of focus at the school. Proceeds from the school's special events also go to support these funds.


The best independent schools benefit from a strong culture of annual giving. Your participation encourages others to give and demonstrates to the entire Oakwood community that you believe in the school and are invested in our success, right alongside us. Please reference the above brochure to learn about the many ways you can participate and leave your family’s mark on the campus.

Thank you in advance for making Oakwood School one of your philanthropic priorities. Your support truly makes a difference.

Campus Fund

The Campus Fund is designated for the enhancement and expansion of the Oakwood campus. In 2018, as part of our Campus Expansion Project, Oakwood launched its first ever capital campaign, Spreading Our Roots. Funds raised for this effort will be used solely for the completion of our new Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center, which includes a theater; a new Upper School Gymnasium, and Playfield to follow. Broad community participation will be essential in ensuring these new campus additions become a reality for current and future students. Many improvement projects have benefited from this fund in the past, including the purchase and installation of lockers, the walkway fountain, landscaping, playgrounds, parking lot, sports courts and campus security. For more information on this ambitious endeavor for Oakwood, please visit our Spreading Our Roots campaign page.


Science & Technology Fund

The Science & Technology Fund is used to strengthen and expand the school’s technology and science resources. The current focus of this fund is purchasing new equipment and software for the classroom to enhance the teaching environment and increase student learning. This includes digital projectors, document cameras and new computers, as well as building a campus-wide high-bandwidth wireless network.

Enrichment Fund

The Enrichment Fund is used to grow the library and enhance the school's Drama and enrichment programs. Past projects have included a ball wall, climbing wall, cargo net, musical instruments, sound system, and special lighting equipment.

Faculty Fund

The Faculty Fund is used to support faculty development and enhance faculty compensation. Increasing professional development has been one of the teachers' major requests and these funds help make that happen.

Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund is used to expand and strengthen the school community by providing merit-based scholarships to deserving students. This program has been quite successful at attracting some top students to Oakwood, enhancing the school for all. (These funds are not used for financial aid.)

Oakwood asks that all families participate in the school's fundraising efforts. The goal is for each family to donate each year to the Annual Fund and participate in fundraising events as they feel they would like to and are able to do so. Some give a little and some give more as circumstances differ, and every donation, no matter the amount, is very much appreciated. Broad participation is a critical goal and an important sign of support for the school.

Donors can make a donation online via our secure giving page. Any questions about Oakwood fundraising can be directed to .


Book of Gratitude

Because of the incredible generosity of parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends, Oakwood ended the 2017-2018 fundraising year with success. We are grateful that so many members of the Oakwood family make giving to the school a priority. Your support ensures the school continues to grow and thrive across the board. For that, and for all that you do for Oakwood, we thank you!


Development Staff


Melissa Barrow
Director of Development
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Kelli Frazer
Events & Engagement Coordinator
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