The Fund for RE

The Fund for Ransom Everglades

The Fund for Ransom Everglades provides the base of support for enriched academic, art, and athletic programs, enhanced facilities, a dynamic faculty, and many more opportunities that make up the RE experience.

A dedicated community of alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends joins together from July 1 to June 30 of each year to ensure RE students have the resources they need.

Donations may be designated for: Athletics, Faculty Development, Financial Aid, Arts, Technology, and Wherever Needed Most.


Your time is also a gift.

To volunteer, contact Melissa Bonafonte, Director of The Fund for Ransom Everglades, at 305-460-8215 or via email.

“We are proud to be affiliated with The Fund for Ransom Everglades and encourage alumni to participate no matter where they live.  RE played a prominent role in our lives.  We are grateful for the education we received among a small but diverse student body, and the opportunity to participate in athletics, academic teams, and the arts.  We formed life-long friendships and continue to benefit from our connection as alumni.   We value giving back to our community and making a difference wherever we are. Though we live in NYC, we remain part of the RE community.”

Jarrett Posner ’88 and Pamela Kayton Posner ’92

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

Raider Society Levels of Giving

Everglades Circle:  $3,000 to $4,999
Dell Circle:  $1,500 to $2,999
Grove Circle:  $1,000 to $1,499
Bay Circle:  $500 to $999
Palm Circle:  $250 to $499
*Donors of $5,000 or more annually are invited to the 1903 Society Cocktail Reception and receive special recognition in the Report of Giving. Young Benefactor Circle includes alumni donors from the classes of 2002-2019 who give $1,500 or more, earning 1903 Society recognition.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. My family is already paying tuition… what does my child get when we make charitable contributions to RE?

    Your financial contribution to The Fund for Ransom Everglades supports the people and programs that make Ransom Everglades the great school that it is: talented faculty, small classes, library and instructional resources, technology advancements and enriching arts and athletics programs. Each year, approximately 8% of the operating budget comes from contributions to The Fund for Ransom Everglades that directly support every aspect of school life. Ransom Everglades relies on a combination of tuition income, charitable donations, income from auxiliary programs and interest income to balance its annual budget. 

    Could Ransom Everglades operate on tuition alone? Not without looking significantly different. The school would be less innovative in our approach to education. Essentials like low student-to-teacher ratios, faculty and curriculum development, state-of-the-art technology, a rich arts program and athletic equipment – all integral components to our rich and robust program would be compromised. Charitable gifts are a necessary part of every independent school’s healthy financial profile. 
  • Q. If independent schools were run more like corporations, couldn’t they charge the full cost and avoid asking for charitable gifts?

    Ransom Everglades School is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution. Unlike a for-profit business, which aims to make money, RE aims to provide our students with the very best education. By nature, high-quality schools are labor-intensive and people-oriented. In order to provide the best programs and competitive compensation to our outstanding faculty and staff, we continually evaluate and assess tuition increases, auxiliary programs like camp, and effective fundraising initiatives.

    And unlike tuition, contributions to The Fund for Ransom Everglades are fully tax-deductible and allow each family to give at a meaningful level to which they are able.
  • Q. How much should I donate to The Fund for Ransom Everglades and how much of a difference can my gift really make?

    Ideally, our entire community will identify Ransom Everglades School as one of their top philanthropic priorities and recognize that their contributions make a significant impact. Annual donations range from $5 to more than $50,000. We encourage families to consider giving at the Benefactor Level (Pagoda Society and higher) of $5,000 or more, if they are able. Leadership gifts ensure that we raise the necessary additional funds for our students above and beyond what tuition covers to support our program, faculty, and facilities.

    Our school has fewer supporters than larger K-12 independent schools or universities, and therefore it is even more critical to have a higher percentage of supporters. Your gift, when added to those of hundreds of other supporters, can have a large impact. Your participation encourages others to give and sends a message to our community that Ransom Everglades makes a difference. Every gift counts! Every gift matters!
  • Q. Should I give if I receive financial aid?

    Even though many families make financial sacrifices to pay their tuition, it is still important for every member of our community to participate in The Fund for Ransom Everglades at some level. In 2016-17, the cumulative value of gifts less than $250 was more than $73,000, and of gifts $250-$500 was more than $167,000.
  • Q. Which is more important: The Fund for Ransom Everglades or REPA’s auction event?

    They are both important, and they serve different purposes. The Fund for Ransom Everglades supports the general operating budget while the auction proceeds are specifically designated to need-based financial aid. The auction helps extend our ability to service a wide range of students and families and makes us a better school and stronger community. Ransom Everglades hopes everyone will consider supporting both of these important initiatives each year.
  • Q. When should I make my donation to The Fund for Ransom Everglades?

    The earlier we receive your gift, the earlier we can put it to work for all our students. We encourage all families to make their pledges by December 31, though payments are accepted until June 30. 
  • Q. Is Ransom Everglades eligible for matching gifts?

    Yes! Ransom Everglades is grateful to the many corporations that support the school through generous matching gift programs. Please ask your employer about Matching Gift Programs that support K–12 schools. This is a great way to double and sometimes triple your gift to RE.
  • Q. How is The Fund for Ransom Everglades different from the endowment?

    The Fund for Ransom Everglades enhances the current year’s operating budget, while a school’s endowment is its long-term savings account. A large endowment, well invested, can provide financial stability and a source of income beyond tuition and annual gifts. At present, Ransom Everglades has an endowment of approximately $35 million.
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
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 mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. 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.