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. My commitment to GDS is only surpassed by its commitment to excellence and diversity in education, in curriculum, extracurricular activities, and its student population, and I will continue to support GDS. I knew in 1990 that GDS was a great place when I first went through the front door. Seeing so many children going through the hallways--smiling, talking, laughing, engaging--told me that GDS was a vibrant educational environment where I wanted my son to be. I will always support GDS so other children can experience this remarkable place!

Linda Jackson, Parent of Alumni

My husband, Roger, and I give to GDS because--through its extraordinary teachers, faculty, and community--GDS has given our three children the intellectual rigor and emotional and social support they have needed to develop and thrive. We also give to GDS because of its unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion. Giving to GDS allows us to play in role in enabling future generations to benefit from the GDS community and mission.
Lisa Fairfax, Parent of Alumni
Tyson Family
Change starts with us, first. If we wait for another person or another time to give, change will not happen. Giving to deserving causes like the Hopper Fund is a lesson we want to teach our daughter. 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