Giving

Endowment

WHY ENDOWMENT SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT TO CCES

 
A healthy endowment is vital for CCES to ensure that we maintain accessibility, execute at the highest levels of excellence, and anticipate while planning for future needs or opportunities.

While tuition provides the bulk of our school’s operation support, CCES relies as well on the generosity of donors and supporters who give to the CavFund (currently $900,000) and through earnings from the school’sexisting endowed funds. The yield from CCES endowment funds currently contributes 2.3% of the school’s operating expenses. Endowment draw at our peer institutions is 6% of operating expenses and CCES aspires to move in a comparable direction by increasing endowed funds.

Growing endowment funds from the current total of $19 million to $25 million would provide approximately $480,000 annually to invest in support of strategic goals.

An increase in general endowed funds will
  • aid in attracting the best and brightest students to CCES through increasing need-based assistance
  • strengthen opportunities for our students, faculty and staff to honor the values of our Episcopal tradition which fosters a culture of kindness and respect for people from all backgrounds
  • ensure that CCES continues to recruit and maintain a strong, dedicated faculty at every grade level by enhancing professional development in areas of pedagogy, new curricular development, and faculty training opportunities
  • advance the core elements of the strategic plan related to teaching our students resilience, balance, ethical reasoning, enhanced writing, and leadership/team building skills
  • provide support for the maintenance and upkeep of our facilities ensuring that our campus remains an attractive setting for learning and incorporates the latest technology in all areas, and
  • help to moderate future tuition increases
"Our three children attended CCES from primer through graduation. As a result, CCES has played an enormous role in our lives. Honestly, we cannot name another organization that has had a greater impact on our family. When the School approached us about an Endowment Campaign to improve educational quality, we felt compelled to support it. Although our children were very involved in sports and music, academics is the ultimate raison d'etre of the School. As a competitive family, we want CCES to compete academically in the Southeast, not merely in South Carolina. To do this - to go toe-to-toe with the best schools in Atlanta and Charlotte -- it needs greater financial support. CCES must not merely be a good school - it must be a great school. It must be a school that --like our City - "punches above its weight." After years of three tuitions, continuing to contribute a "half tuition" annually in support of the School seemed like a reasonable step. We decided to use that sum to purchase a life insurance policy with the School as the beneficiary. That is not the only way to structure a gift, but it seemed to make sense for us. An old preacher once said, "show me where a man spends his money, and I'll show you where his heart is...." For us, our heart is with CCES. We are vested and invested in the School. It simply has played too great a role in our lives for us not to support it now."

- Marion and William Crawford
 

 

 

Special Endowment Funds

List of 8 items.

  • The Arts Endowment

    Many thanks to our CCES Arts Guild for honoring the arts experience at CCES by establishing the CCES Arts Endowment in the Spring of 2019. The Arts Guild recognized a need to create a permanent source of funding to support the arts experience at CCES. The CCES Arts Endowment Fund provides annual funding in support of all CCES arts activities. For more information and to pledge/give to The Arts Endowment Fund, click here .
  • The Athletics Endowment

    Many thanks to Gary and Jennifer Johnsen for honoring the CCES athletics experience at CCES by "seeding" the CCES Athletics Endowment in the summer of 2021. In collaboration with the Johnsen Family, the CCES Booster Club provided funding to launch the Athletics Endowment. The CCES Athletics Endowment provides annual funding in support of all CCES athletics programs. Funds contributed to the Athletics Endowment Fund remain intact for perpetuity and are invested and managed as part of the overall CCES Endowment. For more information and to pledge/give to the Athletics Endowment Fund, click here.
  • The Cassell Wellness Family Endowment Fund

    Details regarding the Cassell Wellness Family Endowment are forthcoming. For more information, contact Jamie Inman at inmanj@cces.org.
  • The Pete Cooper Tennis Endowment Fund

    Many thanks to Barry Cox for establishing the Pete Cooper Tennis Endowment Fund in the Fall of 2019. Barry recognized a need to create a permanent source of funding to support the tennis program at CCES. Funds contributed to the Tennis Endowment Fund remain intact for perpetuity and are invested and managed as part of the overall CCES Endowment. For more information and to pledge/give to The Pete Cooper Tennis Endowment Fund, click here.
  • Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund

    Genuine, honest, hard-working, and fiercely loyal— this was the essence of Mark Daniels. From the moment he became a CCES parent, he also became a beloved member of this community. This named endowment will provide financial assistance to students of merit and need — allowing for greater accessibility to the CCES experience for families from throughout the Upstate. Funds contributed to the Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund remain intact for perpetuity and are invested and managed as part of the overall CCES Endowment. For more information and to pledge/give to The Mark E. Daniels Endowment Fund, click here.
  • The Lila Kittredge Endowment Fund

    To honor the tenure and teaching of Lila Kittredge, Rodney and Penny Hinton, parents of CCES alumni Alexis '10 and Asheton '14, have created a named endowment to fund need-based awards to recruit and retain distinctive students. The Hinton family has generously offered to match $1 for $1 every gift up to $50,000! For more information and to pledge/give to The Lila Kittredge Endowment Fund, click here.
  • The Leonard Kupersmith Endowment Fund

    To honor the tenure and leadership of Dr. Leonard Kupersmith, CCES is creating a named endowment to fund need and merit based awards to recruit and retain distinctive students. The selection of recipients is at the discretion of the head of school in consultation with division directors, the admission director, and the assistant heads of school. For more information and to pledge/give to The Leonard Kupersmith Endowment Fund, click here.
  • The Emilie Roy Pazdan Endowment Fund

    John and Emilie Pazdan, parents to twins Mary Bradley and Susannah '15, and Sam '19, generously endowed a major gift benefiting the Achievement Center (AC). The endowment, by nature of the AC, focuses on helping students gain the knowledge, preparation, insight, and skills needed for success in college and beyond. The gift supports a cause that is very near and dear to their hearts as the AC served their twin daughters Mary Bradley and Susannah. For more information and to pledge/give to The Emilie Roy Pazdan Endowment Fund, click here.
For more information on how you can be a part of the CCES legacy through endowment giving, please contact Jamie Inman at 864-331 4231. To learn more about philanthropy at CCES, go to our website at www.cces.org.
Christ Church Episcopal School (“CCES”) admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileged, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CCES. CCES does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial aid, scholarship or other programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs and activities.