Private Independent school from PK through 12th grade.

The Hammond Annual Fund

The Hammond Annual Fund remains Hammond’s first giving priority because it directly supports the school’s greatest assets-our students and teachers. The Hammond Annual Fund touches every aspect of each Skyhawk’s experience inside and outside the classroom. The dollars raised each year are crucial in enabling the school to provide superior faculty, small class sizes, individual attention, state-of-the art technology, athletic success, and tremendous enrichment opportunities. Tuition alone cannot fund the entire operating budget of Hammond, as the Board of Trustees and Head of School are determined to minimize tuition increase. The Hammond Annual Fund, combined with auxiliary program income, supports the $1,200 difference between tuition and the true cost of a Hammond experience.

A tax-deductible gift to the Hammond Annual Fund sends a powerful message that you believe in Hammond School and its mission. In addition, demonstrated support from the entire school community helps to influence the giving decision of foundations which further enhance the learning experiences the school can offer.

How does the Annual Fund Impact Hammond?

  • Ensures Hammond attracts and retains talented teachers who inspire a passion for learning.
  • Provides integral financial support for the daily life at Hammond.
  • Assists in the continued development of our Experiential Education Program.
  • Supplements Award-winning fine arts and championship athletic programs.
  • Facilitates ongoing advancement of leading-edge technology in education.
  • Updates facilities.

Ways to Give:

Thank you for considering a gift to Hammond School!  Below you will find a number of methods by which you can contribute to the Hammond Annual Fund,  the school's most important fund raising effort.  If you have any questions regarding the information below, please don't hesitate to contact Mahalie Moore in the Advancement Office (803) 695-4023.

List of 4 items.

  • Pledges

    Hammond School accepts and encourages pledge commitments to the Annual Fund. Pledges must be paid by June 30, the end of the school's fiscal year.  To make an online pledge to the Annual Fund (Click here) or call Mahalie Moore, Director of Annual Fund at 803-695-4023.
  • Cash/Check/Online

    The majority of gifts made to the Annual Fund come in the form of cash or check.  A gift of cash receives the most generous federal income tax deduction available for charitable contributions.  Gifts or pledge payments can be made online (Click here) by credit card or mailed directly to the school.
  • Gifts of Stock

    Hammond School accepts gifts of publicly traded securities.  A gift of appreciated securities held for more than one year is one of the most tax-wise ways to make a donation.  You receive the immediate fair market value as a charitable deduction and can avoid capital gains tax.  For detailed information about transferring securities to Hammond, please click here or call 803-695-4023.
  • Matching Gifts

    Many employers will match and in some cases triple the amount of your contribution to Hammond through a matching gift program.  Contact your Human Resources department or the Hammond Advancement Office to find out if this opportunity is available through your employer. 

    With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift!


Recognition Levels

Headmaster's Council
  • Platinum

  • Gold

Trustees' Council


Founders' Club


Hammond Patron


Hammond Friend


Lower School families who make a philantropic gift of $1,000 or more during an academic year are recognized as members of the 854 Society. The goal of the 854 Society is to encourage leadership and philanthropic support early in the Hammond  experience.


List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: My family already pays tuition, why is a gift to the Hammond Annual Fund needed as well?

    It is a reality not just at Hammond but at all independent schools; tuition alone cannot fund the entire cost of a private education. Because tuition only covers 86% of the school's operating costs, Hammond is dependent upon unrestricted Annual Fund contributions to help close the gap between tuition and the true cost of a Hammond education each year. Your voluntary, tax-deductible support helps Hammond address it's highest priorities and immediate needs within the current school year's operating budget.
  • Q: How does the Hammond Annual Fund benefit my child and my family?

    Every dollar contributed to the Hammond Annual Fund is used to provide for the outstanding faculty, programs and facilities that directly benefit your student every day.

    Specifically, gifts to the Annual Fund help Hammond:

    • Ensure that faculty salaries remain competitive so that we can retain the finest teachers, coaches, and staff. They also work to provide professional development opportunities so that faculty and staff gain new knowledge and skills in their area of expertise.
    • Integrate state-of-the-art technology and new curriculum materials into our classrooms and libraries.
    • Provide the resources needed to sustain and enhance our high quality academic, arts and athletic programs.
  • Q: You stress the need for a high level of participation in the Hammond Annual Fund, especially among parents. Why is this so critical?

    High participation rates among members of the Hammond community are a vote of confidence - a sign that our parents and others invest in our students' future and support the school's mission. This percentage has a direct impact on gifts from outside sources such as grant-making foundations and capital donors. High rates of participation are required by foundations before they will consider our grant requests.
  • Q: How much of a difference can my gift make, really?

    Hammond School has fewer supporters than a large university or charity. But our needs are just as great, so every gift counts more. That's why we ask every member of the Hammond community - including our Board of Trustees, parents, faculty and staff, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, and friends - to make a yearly gift to the Annual Fund.

    The culture of philanthropy at Hammond - both past and present - allows your child to benefit from an engaging educational experience within an intimately scaled, caring and diverse community where opportunities abound and meaningful relationships inspire transformative learning.
  • Q: How much should my family contribute?

    We ask that everyone in our Hammond community give at the level that is right for their family. Gifts at all levels - from the Leadership Society to the Supporter Level - are greatly valued and deeply appreciated.