The Prairie Fund

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.

Make a

one-time gift

Click the button below to utilize our secure online giving form.

Make a

pledge

A pledge is a promise to donate by the end of Prairie’s fiscal year (June 30th, 2020)

Make a

monthly gift

Prefer to make your gift over the span of the year? Over a few months? Click below to begin.

The

Importance

of Possibility

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.

Because of the

Prairie Fund:

Below are just a handful of opportunities and experiences made possible by the Prairie Fund.

Jazz Day

Third Early

School Classroom

Multicultural Fair

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

Make a

one-time gift

Click the button below to utilize our secure online giving form.

Make a

pledge

A pledge is a promise to donate by the end of Prairie’s fiscal year (June 30th, 2020)

Make a

monthly gift

Prefer to make your gift over the span of the year? Over a few months? Click below to begin.

The Power of

Participation

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

Faculty 100%

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?

How Can

I Help?

Your voice and your philanthropy matter. From October 11 through December 3, 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.

2017/18 All School 33%
2018/19 All School 65%
2019/2020 All School 15%

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

Faculty 100%
All School 15%
Primary School 23%
Middle School 16%
Upper School 14%

Primary School

Primary School 23%
Early School 33%
Kindergarten 24%
1st Grade 29%
2nd Grade 11%
3rd Grade 22%
4th Grade 29%

Middle School

Middle School 16%
5th Grade 18%
6th Grade 14%
7th Grade 21%
8th Grade 14%

Upper School

Upper School 14%
9th Grade 11%
10th Grade 19%
11th Grade 15%
12th Grade 13%

Make a

one-time gift

Click the button below to utilize our secure online giving form.

Make a

pledge

A pledge is a promise to donate by the end of Prairie’s fiscal year (June 30th, 2020)

Make a

monthly gift

Prefer to make your gift over the span of the year? Over a few months? Click below to begin.