Leveraging Endowment

At Gilman, leadership means recognizing that we can avoid the dangerous tuition acceleration trap threatening to ensnare all high-performing independent schools. It means assembling a bold plan and taking action. It means being the first school in our category to succeed at proactively managing the tuition cost curve.

Increasing our endowment is a critical component of the strategy to cover increasing financial aid needs while keeping the tuition growth curve under control.

Our stable financial position is not an invitation to rest, but a platform that permits us to take on a formidable challenge. Unchecked tuition growth will change the landscape of independent schools, and Gilman is among a very few positioned to limit such increases. We are driven by promise rather than need, and this is an asset we will nurture.

Increasing our endowment is a critical component of the strategy to cover increasing financial aid needs while keeping the tuition growth curve under control.

Gilman's Endowment as an Instrument of Leverage

Over 60 percent of the Campaign’s $60 million goal is directed toward endowment, with a focus on financial aid and faculty support. Our endowment initiatives provide spending flexibility and financial strength that will allow the School to plan for the future and embrace new opportunities and priorities as they arise. Endowed gifts are among the most meaningful and transformative contributions to the School. When added to the existing endowment, they become a permanent part of the Gilman legacy, providing for both current and future students and faculty and securing Gilman’s financial health in perpetuity. With a stronger endowment, the possibilities are endless.

Gilman’s endowment is closely monitored by the Board and professionally managed under the highest standards of fiduciary responsibility, ensuring long-term growth as well as healthy annual revenue to the School. The campaign’s objective is to add to the School’s endowment so that it is large enough to fund increased needs for financial aid and faculty support while restraining the rate of increase in tuitions. Though seemingly subtle, this is a revolutionary shift in Gilman’s business model – and a mark of bold leadership in the independent school community.