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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 2008-2023 who give $1,500 or more, earning 1903 Society recognition.

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.

Young Benefactor Circle

The Young Benefactor Circle recognizes graduates between the classes of 2008 and 2023* who give at a leadership level of $1,500 or more to The Fund for Ransom Everglades. YBC donors share a commitment to fostering a lasting legacy while empowering the next generation of leaders. Gifts may be designated to any area.
Make a gift now to join the Young Benefactor Circle.

Young Benefactor Scholar Donors
are members of YBC who commit to RE’s financial aid program to provide an immediate full scholarship for one student, including lunch and related expenses. The Young Benefactor Scholar funds are used within the year that the gift is made, and a minimum commitment of four years is requested in order to provide continuity of support for the student. Families receiving a Young Benefactor Scholarship will be notified that they are the recipient, and donors will receive an annual update documenting the student’s progress during each year of funding.
Make a gift now to support a Young Benefactor Scholar.
All members of the Young Benefactor Circle are recognized at the 1903 Society leadership level, receive recognition in the annual Report of Giving and are invited to special events throughout the year.

*When current YBC members are no longer eligible to renew based on graduation year, they will be invited to make a “YBC Bridge” commitment. This commitment can be made over three to five years and is intended to incrementally increase annual gifts from $1,500 to $5,000 for the full 1903 Society membership.

Financial aid highlights:
The school provides over $8.3 million dollars in financial aid and tuition remission annually, which supports 19 percent of the student body with an average grant of $37,988.

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Victoria Williamson

    Victoria Williamson 88

    Director of Advancement
    Boston College - B.A.
  • Photo of Melissa Bonafonte

    Melissa Bonafonte 

    Associate Director of Advancement
    University of Arizona - B.A.
    Thunderbird School of Global Management - M.B.A.
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    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.