The Cyclone Fund, Porter-Gaud's Annual Fund, is the School’s cornerstone in fundraising. It provides resources that are critical to the School’s child-centered mission. Like other leading independent schools, tuition alone cannot fund the entire cost associated with a private education. Porter-Gaud relies on tax-deductible donations to the Cyclone Fund to help close the $1.2 million gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating each student.

Your tax-deductible gift to the Cyclone Fund helps the School provide exceptional faculty to inspire, challenge, and nurture students. From competitive salaries and professional development opportunities for faculty, to curriculum and extracurricular enhancements, financial aid and scholarships, the Cyclone Fund touches literally every aspect of school life.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Sherrod, Director of Annual and Major Gifts, at 843.402.4685 or


IMPACT SPOTLIGHT: Professional Development for Faculty

The Cyclone Fund supports faculty development opportunities. Below Upper School science faculty members Meagan Collins and Gretchen Tate share their experience attending the 2016 The Brain & Learning Conference in Boston in November. The theme was "Engaged, Empowered Minds: Using Brain Science to Educate Ethical 21st Century Citizens and Problem Solvers".

"As a fairly new teacher, conferences like these provide great opportunities for me to learn more about different teaching styles and project ideas as well as see the research and data behind each study. I left Boston with a notebook full of new ideas and a list of books to read to help me continue to improve my teaching craft. I am excited to continue implementing these plans into the school years to come. Meeting Howard Gardner, one of the pioneers in education research, was also a huge bonus. " - Meagan Collins

Cyclone Fund Giving Levels

Friends of Porter-Gaud $1 - $499

Albemarle Society $500 - $999

Grimball Society $1,000 - $1,866

Headmaster’s Society $1,867 - $4,999

Porter Society $5,000 - $9,999

Roundtable $10,000 and above

2016-2017 Annual Giving Numbers

Parent Giving 50% - Goal of 100%
Faculty Giving 100% - Goal of 100%
Board Giving 90% - Goal of 100%
Alumni Giving 9% - Goal of 16%
Cyclone Fund Giving $990,198 - Goal of $700,000
Annual Giving + Endowment $1,040,236 - Goal of $850,000

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