Skip To Main Content

Heron Annual Fund


Every dollar donated to the Heron Annual Fund between May 1 and June 30th will go directly to support the school’s Financial Aid program. 

As the tremendous impact of the pandemic comes into stark focus, we have an opportunity to help students who otherwise would not be able to continue their education here at Gunston, due to circumstances completely beyond their control. They are in need of the generosity of the Gunston community, now more than ever. I am reaching out to you, to ask you to make a direct impact and provide financial aid resources for families in need. Families who have had to shutter their business and watch as their only source of income dried up overnight, those who have been furloughed or laid off, their savings depleted, now struggling to pay essential bills. These families are part of the Gunston community, and they need your support. 

We recognize that there are many, many other worthy causes and organizations in need of support, especially right now. But we hope you’ll consider making a donation to the Heron Annual Fund, in accordance with your capacity, and help us reach our goal of providing more financial aid directly to those who need it most, ensuring much-needed stability and consistency for the young people who call Gunston home. Thank you. 

Donating to the Heron Fund in someone's honor is a great way to show your appreciation. Perhaps you are donating in honor of your favorite teacher, or someone at Gunston who has made a difference in your life, or an individual who has gone above and beyond during this time of crisis. Maybe the donation is to honor YOUR student and their resilience. 

Whatever the reason, and whoever the person, let us know in the form and we will reach out and let this person know how much they mean to you. Please indicate whether or not we can share this story on social media and our website. 

Like all independent schools, Gunston relies on the generous support of its alumni, parents, and friends to supplement the revenue generated by tuition and endowment funds. This support, whether it comes in the form of yearly contributions to The Heron Annual Fund or as capital, endowment, or planned gifts, enables Gunston to meet annual operating expenses as well as longer-term strategic institutional needs. Contributions to The Heron Annual Fund are critical to maintaining and developing our programmatic offerings and ensuring that both our faculty and student body have all of the necessary resources to excel both in and out of the classroom. Giving to Gunston is a way to demonstrate your support of the school, its mission, and the community of learners that we have created here on the banks of the Corsica River. Thank you for your support.


A Gunston education requires funding beyond that which tuition can provide. Contributions to The Heron Annual Fund, Gunston’s annual giving program, have an immediate and positive impact on our students, faculty, and programs. Your yearly gifts to The Heron Annual Fund help our community:

  • Prepare our students intellectually for life after Gunston
  • Develop personal character and integrity
  • Provide diverse opportunities for creative learning in music, theatre, the arts, and athletics
  • Promote global awareness and a respect for diversity
  • Inspire future leaders of our community and our world.

Participation is the key to every successful annual giving program. Our goal is for every person whose life has been touched by Gunston to participate by making a gift of personal significance. By making Gunston one of your family’s top philanthropic priorities, you demonstrate the depth of your passion for our school, which enables us to be more competitive in attracting funds from organizations outside of the Gunston family. Your contributions reflect a belief in, and an enthusiasm for, Gunston’s mission, and signifies your confidence in us as a school worthy of your support.

Giving Levels

Mary Middleton Society
$10,000 and above

Eastern Shore Club
$5,000 - $9,999

1911 Council
$1,000 - $4,999

Headmaster's Circle
$500 - $999

Corsica Fellows
$100 - $499

Green & White Team
up to $99