Donor Recognition

Leadership giving impacts gilman tremendously.

Donors of $1,000 or more represent more than 80% of the total funds raised each year. We proudly recognize these annual contributors through our giving societies and our annual report. Separate from annual giving recognition, the Grasshopper Society perpetually acknowledges donors of deferred gifts.

The Founders' Society

The Founders' Society recognizes alumni, parents, grandparents and friends who contribute a total of $2,500 or more to Gilman in one fiscal year, regardless of restriction. These donors display a special commitment to the educational standards established in 1897 by the School's founders. Through their generosity each year, members of the Founders' Society help to ensure that the quality of a Gilman education continues today.

The Founders' Society now carries six recognition levels and acknowledges cumulative giving:

  • Anne Galbraith Carey, $50,000 or more
  • Louise Fisher Bruce, $25,000 to $49,999
  • Daniel Coit Gilman, $10,000 to $24,999
  • William A. Fisher, $5,000 to $9,999
  • Homewood Circle, $2,500 to $4,999
  • Young Founders' Society (Classes of 2000-2014), $1,000 to $2,499
The Founders' Society Dinner 2016

Dana Underwood '92 and Jacob Klein '05, the alumni speakers at the annual Founders' Society Dinner, held October 19, 2015, reenforced Gilman's goal to ensure an exceptional experience for all our boys as they make their marks on society.

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Ad Astra

Ad Astra giving society logo.Ad Astra is Gilman’s leadership giving society for graduates of the last 15 years. The society proudly draws its name from the Gilman shield and seal. “Ad Astra” is an abbreviated version of "Ad astra per aspera," which means "to the stars through difficulties.” 

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Leadership Gift Clubs

Leadership gifts clubs recognize donors of $500 or more at two different levels.

  • Ludlow H. Baldwin Society, $1,000 to $2,499
  • Edward T. Russell Associates, $500 to $999

Class Giving Awards

Gilman School recognizes reunion classes for their achievements through the following awards.

Gilman Fund Alumni Honor Roll
The Gilman Fund Alumni Honor Roll recognizes non-reunion classes that recorded an increase over the previous year in two statistical areas: dollar total and participation percentage.

Class of 1960 Award
The Class of 1960 Award recognizes a class that has raised $100,000 for The Gilman Fund. It is named for the Class of 1960, the first to achieve that mark.

Class of 1954 Reunion Legacy Award
The Class of 1954 Reunion Legacy Award recognizes a class that has raised more than $500,000 for annual and capital projects during a reunion year.

Reunion Giving Cup
Established in 1989, this award cup recognizes the 5th through 50th year reunion class that raised the largest gift during a given fiscal year. The cup is awarded when the standing record is broken.

The Grasshopper Society

The Grasshopper Society recognizes the generosity of participants in the School's planned giving program. To commemorate the completion in 1910 of the Gilman School's new Roland Park campus, a grasshopper weathervane, symbolic of freedom and financial success, was chosen to adorn the bell tower of the new building, now called Carey Hall. The Grasshopper Society echoes the weathervane's symbolism, and the society represents Gilman's distinguished tradition of giving and its members' role in ensuring the school's future financial success. View the names of our generous Grasshopper Society members.

Our Donors

I give to Gilman to say "thanks" for everything my teachers and peers taught me. I use things I learned at Gilman every day, and I want to make sure that others have the same opportunity.Bill Miller '99

2015-2016 Report on Giving

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