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The Reverend Doctor Anthony Toomer Porter, as he knelt at the grave of his son in Magnolia Cemetery, committed to “educate other people’s children” by building a school in October 1867. Within six weeks, he opened the Orphan Home and School Association of the Church of the Holy Communion, which later became Porter Military Academy. Reverend Porter's personal sacrifice and vision inspired others to give, thus, setting in motion a philanthropic ethic that has continued throughout our history. "Bless all who have contributed to its support, and raise up for it a continuous number of benefactors, through whose aid it may ever flourish." The Reverend Doctor Anthony Toomer Porter from The Porter Prayer

Over the past 150 years, Porter-Gaud School has grown to become one of the Southeast's leading independent schools. Philanthropy has played a significant role in the development of our campus and the growth of our dynamic student experience. Generous contributions from parents, alumni, grandparents, past parents, and friends who believe in the power of a Porter-Gaud education have helped to create and sustain our unique and vibrant learning community. "My motivation for giving stems from the members of the Porter-Gaud community who took a personal interest in my development over the years. I give to PG because Tom Evatt knew I could be better. I give because Wesley Moore taught me about standing up for what I believe in. I give because Chaplain Lent taught me about finding purpose, Randy Clark taught me humility, and Larry Salley taught me spirit." Ben Pittard ’01


The Cyclone Fund (formerly known as the 1867 Society) is the School’s cornerstone in fundraising. It provides resources that are critical to our child-centered mission. Annual gifts are an investment in our students and our faculty, and an annual endorsement in all Porter-Gaud stands for and all it can become. Annual Cyclone Fund donors can also direct gifts to areas of personal interest such as: Financial Aid, Faculty and Staff Development, Academic Programs, Athletics, Fine Arts, Technology, and Areas of Greatest Need.


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-$24,999 Founder's Circle $25,000+ Gifts can be made online at* *Porter-Gaud’s fiscal year is July 1st - June 30th.

“We support the Cyclone Fund to help cover the shortfalls between tuition and annual expenses and in order for teachers to have additional tools, resources, and opportunities available to them. With the additional academic development provided, Porter-Gaud has some of the best students and teachers in the highly competitive independent school market.“ Jennifer and Rob Black, Porter-Gaud Parents

CAPITAL GIVING – Campaign for reNEWal

The $25 million reNEWal campaign currently underway will transform our campus into a flagship of academic excellence and innovation. The campaign is one of the School’s most important giving opportunities and supports: A New Upper School A New Library and Computer Science Space Fine Arts Expansion A New State-of-the-Art Performing Arts Center A New Chapel "I wanted to say thank you to PG for making my daughter Cinnie who she is - a very self-confident young woman. I am just so grateful. It didn't take me a second to consider giving to the reNEWal campaign." Stephanie Saunders, Parent of Cinnie Saunders ’16


Porter-Gaud is fortunate to have donors, past and present, who are committed to growing our endowment. A robust endowment provides assurance that Porter-Gaud will thrive for generations to come. Unrestricted endowment gifts provide our school with stability and flexibility. Restricted endowments gifts can be designated to fund scholarships, teaching positions, or new academic programs. “Our family established the Charilla Barham Scholarship in memory of my mother and her dedication to and genuine love for Porter-Gaud School. Her career at Porter-Gaud spanned more than 22 years, and her passion for helping those around her inspired us to create this endowment to honor her memory and her commitment to the students. Her legacy is now a permanent one that will nurture future generations of Cyclones!� Kenton Barham Youngblood '95


Legacy giving, or planned giving, is a way for donors to leave a legacy and make an impact on Porter-Gaud beyond their lifetime, by including Porter-Gaud in their wills or other estate plans. Legacy giving allows donors to make larger gifts than might otherwise be possible. “My grandfather taught here, my father and I attended here, and I want my daughter to go here! My husband and I have set up a modest estate gift now that we intend to build over time. Our participation in the WATCH Tower Circle signifies our belief in Porter-Gaud, and our faith that this great school will continue to be greater if we all stay involved and show our support.” Kathleen Stelling Hodgson ‘99


The Porter-Gaud Parents Guild and the Porter-Gaud Fathers Association raise funds that provide enhancements on campus, in classrooms, and within athletics that are beyond the annual school budget. These programs result in a more rewarding experience for our students and faculty. Each of these volunteer parent groups offer a variety of opportunities to be involved in School life.




Gifts ​provide​the vital support to our faculty and strengthen​​the Porter-Gaud experience - one that fosters independence, confidence, intellectual growth, and creativity in all of our students. Give today! Online:​give ​ By Check: Porter-Gaud Foundation 300 Albemarle Road Charleston, SC 29407 By Phone: Call the Foundation Office at 843.402.4803

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A Partnership with Porter-Gaud  

The Porter-Gaud Foundation guide to philanthropy at Porter-Gaud School.