Lower School students throwing balls
  • The Hopper
  • Fund Impact
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The Hopper Fund is GDS's annual giving program, and makes up nearly 7% of the operating budget. This fund supports all current operations and financial aid. An investment in the Hopper Fund provides support for all of our programming, facilities, staff salaries, professional development, and allows us to offer more robust financial aid packages. Quite simply, the Hopper Fund supports everything, every day.

When you support the Hopper Fund, your gift goes straight to work. Here are some ways the 1,429 Hopper Fund donors supported GDS last year:

$2.3 MIL

in financial support


bus rides for students, faculty and staff


balls for high school athletics


pounds of clay for high school studio arts


meatballs in the new LMS cafe

GDS is the village that helped me raise my son - it will always be on the top of my charitable giving list so other children can experience this remarkable place!

Linda Jackson, Parent of Alumni

GDS has given our children the intellectual rigor and emotional and social support they needed to develop and thrive. Giving to GDS allows us to play a role in enabling future generations to benefit from the extraordinary community and mission.

Lisa Fairfax, Parent of Alumni
Change starts with us, first. If we wait for another person or another time to give, change will not happen. We believe it's crucial to continue to build a legacy of equity and inclusion at and beyond the walls of GDS.

Nicole Lewis Tyson & Derrick Tyson, Current Parents

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Ashley Doherty

Ashley Doherty

Director of Annual Giving
Alissa Peruzzini

Alissa Peruzzini

Development and Stewardship Manager