The Prairie Fund
Gifts to the Prairie Fund make it possible to develop our scholars, artists, athletes, and leaders in a number of important, impactful ways. Prairie Fund dollars supply our robotics team with building supplies, enhance our annual World Language Week and Multicultural Fair, and buy uniforms for our athletic teams, your donations directly affect every experience and leadership opportunity offered to our students.
Like every private and independent school, Prairie relies on the philanthropy of our donors to balance the budget. Our academic, arts, athletic, and co-curricular programs – they are all supported by the Prairie Fund. Without the generosity of our alumni, parents, and faculty, the very elements that shape and define the Prairie experience would not be possible for our students.
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Below are just a handful of opportunities and experiences made possible by the Prairie Fund.
Additional resources provided by the Prairie Fund:
- Computer Science & Coding Program
- ‘Everyday Math’ Curriculum in Middle School
- Sphero Sprk+ Robotics Sets
- Enhanced College Counseling Resources
- Supplies for Our Athletic Teams
- Materials & Space for Our Robotics Team
- College Fairs
- Malone School Online Network Membership & Courses
- National Guest Expert Speaker Series for Parents
- Rights & Costumes for Our Musicals
- New Carpeting and Upholstery in the SRC
- Renovated 1st Grade and Kindergarten Classrooms
The Power of
Just as it is in the classroom or on the court, our community of current and potential donors is strongest when working together. Whatever your reason is for loving Prairie, you are an important part of our community and we need you!
Prairie Faculty Giving
In the fall of 2019 – for the 6th consecutive year – 100% of Prairie's full-time faculty members at Prairie made a gift in support of the Prairie Fund. What truer sign of pride -- what greater show of support for Prairie’s mission and students?
Won't you join us?
Your voice and your philanthropy matter. From October 11 through the end of 2019, our parent campaign volunteers will be asking other Prairie parents to join them and see the powerful difference we can make when we come together. Your involvement is our goal, and every classroom or advisory with 100% participation -- regardless of gift size -- will be treated to an ice cream party at the end of the first semester. Visit this page often to check your grade's giving status!
In the past, parent participation in the Prairie Fund appeal added up to about 33% each year. Last year, parent volunteers and the Development Office set a goal: make a more concerted push to educate TPS families what the Prairie Fund is and does, as well as encourage participation in any amount.
It worked. Over the 2018-19 school year, parent support for the Prairie Fund nearly doubled, growing from 33% to 65%.
We can proudly say our parent participation now matches the national independent school average! But nothing else about Prairie is average. So this year, growing support for the Prairie Fund is about:
• Acknowledging our origins
• Celebrating our progress, and
• Building on the momentum it has provided
Our 2019 goal is to continue growing parent participation in the Prairie Fund — getting more families to join in, while also sustaining the giving relationships we have with past donors.
Overall 2019/2020 Prairie Fund Progress
2018-2019 Prairie Report of Giving
We appreciate all of our donors – and stewardship at Prairie comes to life in many different ways. Those who support the Prairie Fund with a gift of $1,000 or more, or make contributions totaling $5,000 or more to another area of the school, are invited to our annual donor appreciation event each year.