The Fund for RE

The Fund for Ransom Everglades provides the financial foundation for enhanced academic, arts and athletic programs, upgraded facilities, a dynamic faculty and many more resources that amplify the RE experience. The Fund for RE also allows for a robust financial aid program that ensures the enrollment of a diverse and talented student body.

Annual gifts to The Fund for Ransom Everglades have an immediate impact, providing countless opportunities for students to learn to navigate and participate in a dynamic world. Your gift supports a contemporary approach to collaborative, skills-oriented learning while maintaining the fundamental building block of our century-old curriculum: experiential learning.

Generations of loyal alumni, dedicated families, caring faculty and friends have made RE the extraordinary place that it is today. An investment in Ransom Everglades is an investment in the future. Please make your gift today to ensure that RE continues to graduate responsible citizens who will leave the world better than they find it.

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

The Fund for RE is the very foundation of REinventing Excellence: The Campaign for Ransom Everglades. The Fund provides flexible dollars that allow the school to act quickly on needs that arise each year – whether a timely speaker or student project, unexpected hurricane expenses, financial aid to assist a student in need or the right salary to attract an exceptional teacher. For this reason, annual gifts to The Fund for RE are always the school’s first fundraising priority.


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.

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 2003-2020 who give $1,500 or more, earning 1903 Society recognition.

“Year after year, we have experienced the intellectual and personal growth that transforms students at this extraordinary school through our daughter’s eyes and look forward to another year watching her learn and excel. As Parent Chairs of The Fund for Ransom Everglades, we are honored to work with more than 150 parent volunteers to ensure that the school continues to provide countless opportunities for our children in and out of the classroom.

When asked why we support Ransom Everglades and why we took on this role in particular, one thing stood out: everything about The Fund for Ransom Everglades embodies the phrase ‘it takes a village.’
On behalf of the seven grade teams of parent volunteers, we hope that you will join us with a gift to The Fund for RE that is meaningful for your family. We joyfully make our gifts each year because every aspect of the Ransom Everglades experience has lived up to our expectations: our daughter is thriving and our family is part of an amazing community.”
Karen and Steve Holzman P’21
Parent Chairs, The Fund for RE


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 8.5% 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 of 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 make a meaningful contribution to the school's programs.
  • 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 1903 Society Level (Pagoda Circle 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?

    We appreciate the support of all families at all levels of giving. Giving back continues RE's tradition of making a difference — and signifies a belief in our mission.
  • 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 build our scholarship endowment to provide 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 $40 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.