A Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for girls, Grades 1-12, with a co-educational Early Childhood Program, infant through Kindergarten age.

The Stone Ridge Fund

“Preach by example of your lives rather than by words. Example is the very best sermon.”
~ St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

What distinguishes Stone Ridge girls are the Goals we live by and are sacred to us. The Goals that embolden them. The School shaped by five Goals of Sacred Heart education that asks the girls to be their best selves. They have lives of meaning and purpose. They create a positive and lasting impact on their communities. Investing in Stone Ridge girls means you are funding good works that span lives, families, professions, geography, and generations.

This is what The Stone Ridge Fund is all about calling on our collective strength each and every year. Living our mission means giving to our mission to make possible:

  • our faith community,
  • excellent curriculum,
  • superb faculty and staff,
  • outstanding arts and athletics programming, and
  • a robust financial aid program for 30% of our families.

Your generosity gives Stone Ridge girls the opportunity to dream, explore, lead, and excel. Stone Ridge girls go on to change the world. By making a gift to the Stone Ridge Fund, you are changing the world. Help us change the world… Support SR girls through The Stone Ridge Fund.

Why give to The Stone Ridge Fund?

The answer to this question is as varied as the students attending Stone Ridge. Your reason to support Stone Ridge is a personal one. Every contribution, your contribution, will support the transformation of each of our young women into a servant-leader who in turn transforms the world. Stone Ridge directly impacts the lives of over 700 students every year, and a robust Stone Ridge Fund translates directly to an increasingly vibrant School.

How much should I give?

This is also a varied and personal decision. We ask that each person and/or family make a gift that is personally significant to them. We receive gifts ranging from $5 to $100,000. Every gift makes a difference. Every student benefits from your gift.

I want to personalize my gift to The Stone Ridge Fund

You may choose to make a gift in memory of or in honor of a person of your choosing. Please consider honoring someone special through your gift. All memorial and honorary gifts are recognized in our Annual Report.

Are there other fundraising efforts at Stone Ridge in addition to the Stone Ridge Fund?

Yes, we have a number of annual events as well as long-term efforts designed to raise money for our School. Our annual events include the following:

  • The Stone Ridge Auction—held in odd numbered years
    • Donations toward the auction can include attending the event and purchasing any item, or giving items or experiences to be auctioned off. You may also donate monetarily to help sponsor the event.
  • The Golf & Tennis Classic—held each May
    • Donations toward the Golf & Tennis tournament can include sponsorships or attending the event. Funds raised support the Athletic Department's programs.
*Please note that though these events are vitally important to Stone Ridge, contributing to an event does not count as participation in The Stone Ridge Fund.

We also have long-term fundraising efforts that are conducted in support of our Strategic Plan:

  • Capital Gifts which help to fund one-time costs such as construction of a building or permanent improvements to the campus.
  • Planned Gifts made by including Stone Ridge in your long-range financial planning. Planned gifts to Stone Ridge can be made in the form of bequests, gift annuities, trusts, or life insurance.
    • The Hic et Nunc Society was established to recognize individuals and families who have made provisions for future gifts to Stone Ridge through their estate plans. There are many ways for you to give a planned gift to Stone Ridge, most of which provide long-term tax advantages while continuing to support our Sacred Heart legacy. It is important that you are aware of your options so that you might make a gift with assets most suited to your own financial situation. Please contact your financial planner or tax advisor for the best and most current information.
  • Endowment Gifts are invested to supply a steady, annual source of funds for the purposes agreed upon by the donor and the School. Endowment funds ensure Stone Ridge is able to maintain the caliber of our faculty and programs from one generation to the next.

I want to help as a volunteer for The Stone Ridge Fund

You can play a critical role in two ways: by making a gift and volunteering. For questions on the Stone Ridge Fund and how you can become involved, please contact Heather Dempsey.

What is a Matching Gift?

A number of companies support the philanthropy of their employees with a Matching Gift program. Please check with your employer to see if the company has a matching gift program. To participate, get a matching gift form from your Human Resources Department and send it in with your gift. Our Advancement Staff members can help if you have any questions.

The Stone Ridge Fund and The Fete a Bordeaux Auction

The Stone Ridge Fund
Monies raised through The Stone Ridge Fund are budgeted each year, and support the operating expenses of the School. The total operating budget this year is $25m, of which $1,460,000 is funded directly through the generosity of our parents, alumnae, trustees, parents of alumnae, grandparents, and friends.

Specifically, The Stone Ridge Fund supports:

  • professional development and Faculty / Staff Salaries;
  • curriculum;
  • Faith programs;
  • athletics including sports team and general physical education;
  • arts program;
  • technology upgrades, and
  • facilities maintenance.

Gifts to The Stone Ridge Fund support the people and programs that encourage each student to realize her potential and take on new challenges. If you only have one gift, please be sure to support to The Stone Ridge Fund as it is the School’s primary contributed income source for the annual budget.


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Heather Dempsey
Director of Annual Giving
hdempsey@stoneridgeschool.org 301.657.4322 ext. 1711