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Annual Giving

Why Annual Giving?

Like most independent schools, Catherine Cook is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that relies on voluntary contributions to cover the difference between tuition income and the cost of educating students. Gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign support the annual operating budget and fund the integral needs of the school, including

  • Need-based tuition assistance to facilitate socioeconomic diversity and help families affected by economic downturns.
  • Facilities and technological upgrades to enhance education through the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Competitive faculty salaries and benefits.


The Covid-19 Pandemic changed the ways how we teach our students. Throughout this coming year, our community will continue to pivot, challenge, and learn the best ways forward for our students. Your support of the Annual Giving Campaign will continue to offer an education experience that sparks curiosity and exploration, develops compassionate leaders, and prepares our students to be successful in a world that is always changing and evolving.  

What Should We Give?


We ask each family to "Zap the Gap" for their student(s) - $2,150 per student for 2020-2021. Tuition covers about 90% of the cost of an independent school education, and your gift helps to fill that "gap."




Leadership Giving

Please strongly consider making a leadership gift and joining an Annual Giving Society. These gifts inspire others and create a strong foundation for the 2020-2021 Campaign:

$30,000 and above

Cornerstone Society


Anagnost Society


Benefactor Society


Founder Society


Trustee Society


Head of School Society


Benefits of an Independent School Model

      • Voluntary gifts to the Annual Giving Campaign are fully tax-deductible to donors.
      • Competitive tuition rates allow more students to benefit from an independent school education.
      • A culture of philanthropy is an important part of our community.

Stacy Shafer Peterson
Director of Advancement
312.266.3381, ext. 3194