The Annual Fund | St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School

The Annual Fund

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Many of the things we all love most about St. Agnes Academy and St. Dominic School are directly driven by gifts to the Annual Fund. Your Annual Fund gift allows us to address our highest priorities, meet unforeseen challenges and seize opportunities as they arise because unrestricted dollars can go where they’re most needed.

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Annual Fund contributions make a tremendous and immediate impact on all educational programs and enable the school to respond to urgent and ongoing operational priorities. Things like:

  • enhancing the breadth and depth of the academic and co-curricular programming that support our students' educational needs and their dreams beyond the classroom
  • attracting and retaining the most talented faculty and staff
  • outfitting our campus with greater safety and health resources for in-person learning

When we come together as a community to support The Annual Fund we provide the school with unrestricted possibilities. The more we give, the more choices the school has in what it can provide to our children. This is why we are asking you to BELIEVE in SAA-SDS and join us in giving generously to the Annual Fund.

Parent Giving

Every year, we strive for 100% parent participation in the Annual Fund. Last year, we reached 82% participation. Every gift matters – no matter the size. A high level of participation among our school families is a tangible demonstration of our community’s belief in the school and its mission.

Annual Fund Development Parent Committee

2023-2024 Annual Fund Chairs

Julia and Bobby '98 Daush
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2023-2024 Annual Fund Parent Committee

PK-2-Lacey and John '00 Daush
PK-Kristen '01 and Clayton Ellis
JK-Julia and Bobby '98 Daush
SAA K-Keeley '07 and Bailey '03 Childress
SDS K-Andrea and Tripp '99 Bennett
SAA 1-Nina and Devin Gardner
SDS 1-Brooke '06 and James Hamilton
SAA 2-Amy and Travis LeMonte
SDS 2-Jennifer '01 and Jonathan Berger
SAA 3-Ashley and Chris Bruno
SDS 3-Shelby '04 and Mike Blaylock
SAA 4-Elizabeth and Tom Moots
SDS 4-Liz and Brad Barksdale
SAA 5-Angela and Landon Himelright
SDS 5-Hope and Sean MacDermant
SAA 6-Forsyth and Jimmy Whittington
SDS 6-Marnie '03 and Thomas Slattery
SAA 7-Leslie and Brad Hines
SDS 7-Holli and Nick Kenney
SAA 8-Beth and Matthew Odom
SDS 8-Suzi and Darren Arant
9th-Meg and David Bounds
10th-Elizabeth and Bob Frank
11th-Jenni '89 and Pat Neiman
12th-Katie and Jay Fik

For more information about parent giving, contact Brooke Hamilton at (901) 435-5816 or

Alumnae/i Giving

Alumnae/i play an important role in providing the support St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School needs to live out its mission.

Currently, 9% of over 4,000 living alumnae/i make philanthropic gifts to the school.

Gifts can be directed to an area of interest to you – whether it be arts, athletics, science or financial aid. You can also make your gift in honor or memory of a favorite teacher, coach or classmate.

For more information about alumnae/i giving, Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Liz Barksdale at (901) 435-5817 or

"It is my hope that my annual fund participation will allow the SAA traditions of academic excellence and social responsibility to continue in our community. I hope that parents who value this experience for their children who may not be able to afford tuition may be assisted through the many programs that the annual fund supports."

Denice Pian, SAA ‘78

Frequently Asked Questions

The Annual Fund is the most essential fundraising effort at St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School and involves all members of the community. It provides the vital difference between what is ordinary and what is extraordinary about the SAA-SDS experience.

The Annual Fund ensures that St. Agnes – St. Dominic has the resources it needs to prepare our students to be leaders rooted in faith – from the classroom to the library, from technology instruction to the playing field, from the theatre stage to the art student, from PK2 to senior year.

The Annual Fund supports the resources essential to our program and has a direct and positive impact on all students, faculty, and staff, enriching the experience for all.

Annual Fund dollars are used to respond to the immediate needs of the school – whether programmatically, for professional development or campus upgrades. Recent examples include campus upgrades like a new HVAC system, the access control security system and new campus signage. Program enhancements, such as new science and writing curriculum and mobile maker spaces, are also thanks to philanthropic contributions.

St. Catherine Society ($10,000 & above)
Siena Society ($5,000 - $9,999)
Veritas Society ($2,500-$4,999)
President’s Club ($1,000 - $2,499)*
Dean’s Club ($500-$999)
Dominican Club ($200-$499)
Aquila Club ($1 - $199)

*All members of the President’s Club & above will be invited to the annual President’s Circle Reception.

The SAA-SDS fiscal year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. Pledges are due by June 30. It is important to make a pledge early in the year so that the school knows how much money is available to support the operating budget.

All gifts are fully deductible as allowed by law.

Certainly. The Annual Fund’s focus is on unrestricted gifts because these funds are a very important part of the school’s annual operating budget. However, please let us know if there is a specific project you would like to fund.

Giving is a personal decision for every family. Depending on your family circumstances, a gift could be $25 or $25,000. Our request is that every family participate in whatever capacity they can.

The Leadership giving level begins at $1,000. Leadership gifts makeup over 70% of our total Annual Fund each year and are vital to us reaching our goal.

Give or pledge online here. Consider setting up a monthly recurring gift to the school as a way to increase your gift!

Become a monthly sustainer - It is EASY, AUTOMATIC and IMPACTFUL!
$20.83 per month = $250 Annual Contribution
$41.67 per month = $500 Annual Contribution
$83.33 per month = $1,000 Annual Contribution*
$208.33 per month = $2,500 Annual Contribution*
$416.66 per month = $5,000 Annual Contribution*
*A donation of $1,000 or more adds you to our leadership giving societies, where you will receive invitations to special donor events and have insider access to the most up-to-date school news.

We welcome your tax-deductible gift by check, credit card, and securities. You can also make a pledge and pay anytime before June 30.

Donate or pledge by mail:
St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School
4830 Walnut Grove Road
Memphis, TN 38117
Attn: Annual Fund
If you have questions, contact:
Brooke Hamilton
Director of Development
(901) 435-5816

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