Giving Priorities
The Fund for RE

Giving Societies

1903 Society

The 1903 Society recognizes the generous circle of leadership donors whose philanthropic support elevates the school year after year. Leadership gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades empower RE to respond to a broad variety of needs that arise annually. Such gifts provide foundational support for programs that attract and keep the nation's best faculty; a financial aid program that enhances and diversifies our student body; and other benefits that elevate our students' educational experience and touch the greater community.

Our goal is to ensure that the school continues to provide the programs and resources that create the margin of excellence that characterizes a Ransom Everglades education. The power of thousands of RE parents, alumni and friends joining their gifts together helps us move forward quickly and with great benefit for our current and future students.

These are exciting times at the school, and 1903 Society gifts are critical to helping us sustain this momentum. Your leadership commitment fosters a strong culture of philanthropy at RE and reinforces the value of a Ransom Everglades education. Most importantly, it supports the people and programs that make the Ransom Everglades experience unique.

Your support today will change lives into the future.

1903 Society Levels of Giving*

Trustee Circle:  $50,000 and more
Founders Circle:  $25,000 to $49,999
Head of School Circle:  $10,000 to $24,999
Pagoda Circle:  $5,000 to $9,999
Young Benefactor Circle:  $1,500 or more

*Donors of $5,000 or more annually are invited to special events and receive notable recognition in the Report of Giving. Young Benefactor Circle includes alumni donors from the classes of 2005-2022 who give $1,500 or more, earning 1903 Society recognition.

Young Benefactor Circle

Classes of 2005-2022

Young Benefactors are graduates between the classes of 2005 and 2022 who give at a leadership level of $1,500 or more designated to RE’s financial aid program.

Young Benefactor gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades have an immediate impact, supporting a strong financial aid program to ensure that all promising students have access to an RE education regardless of financial circumstances.

Financial aid goes beyond making an RE education possible for many students; it also enhances the educational experience for the entire student body. Diversity of background, experience and perspective enriches our entire school community.

Generations of loyal alumni have made RE the extraordinary place that it is today. An investment in Ransom Everglades is an investment in the future.

Financial aid highlights:
The school provides over $7.2 million dollars in financial aid and tuition remission annually, which supports 18 percent of the student body with an average grant of $36,017.

Harry Anderson Loyalty Society

The Harry Anderson ’38 Loyalty Society honors our loyal donors of 10 or more consecutive years of giving to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. 
This donor society recognizes donors who give to The Fund for RE every fundraising year. It also memorializes one of RE’s most ardent and influential supporters, Harry Anderson, whose deep love for Ransom Everglades left a lasting mark on the school.

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List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Melanie Hoffmann

    Melanie Hoffmann 

    Director of Advancement
    Hollins College - B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.S.
  • Photo of Melissa Bonafonte

    Melissa Bonafonte 

    Director of The Fund for Ransom Everglades
    University of Arizona - B.A.
    Thunderbird School of Global Management - M.B.A.
  • Photo of Erika Valdes

    Erika Valdes 

    Annual Giving Coordinator
    Johnson & Wales University - B.S.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.