Why Give

Unlike many private schools, Oakwood does not ask donors to pay for the base operation of the school. Donated funds are used exclusively to enhance and grow the school and its programs through the five Annual Fund designations. As a non-profit corporation, there are no profits or dividends for shareholders or owners. When school revenue exceeds expenses, these funds are reinvested in the school.

Donations made through the Annual Fund may be designated by the donor to go to any one of the Oakwood Annual Funds. Most donations are given "unrestricted" for the school's greatest needs, meaning the donation will go toward one or more of the five funds, depending on need. Proceeds from school fundraising events go to one or more of the five funds. Support of our Spreading Our Roots campaign will go directly toward the completion of our campus' new Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center, Upper School Gymnasium, and Playfield to follow.

Oakwood provides all Oakwood families an annual report of fundraising results and how fundraising dollars were spent. ECE, Elementary, Middle School, and High School all receive the benefits of Oakwood fundraising.

Each year the school sets priorities for the funds based on the school's particular needs for that year. Parents, faculty, staff, and students all provide input to help set these priorities.

Any questions about Oakwood fundraising can be directed to .


Donor Spotlight

Giving back is at the heart of what makes Oakwood School an extraordinary place for our students. Hear from Oakwood families about why they choose to make our school a philanthropic priority.

Oakwood is grateful for the support of our community through its gifts of time, talent, and treasure.


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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