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“There has been an angel sitting on our shoulder,” Stephen Seleny, Trinity Valley School’s founding headmaster, recounts of various episodes in the School’s history. Through hardscrabble times in its early days, to the gift of the land on which the current campus sits, the School has prospered through the beneficence of those who believed in its mission.

TVS is most grateful to the ongoing support of parents, grandparents, faculty/staff, alumni, parents of graduates, and countless friends throughout the Fort Worth community and beyond. Through their gifts of time, hard work, and financial resources, the Trinity Valley legacy prospers and expands. The short- and long-term benefits of giving to TVS are countless and impactful. With 100 percent giving participation from the School’s faculty and staff, Board of Trustees, and Alumni Board, and over 80 percent parent participation, Trinity Valley School makes a powerful statement to potential donors.

The School’s Endowment and its Annual Giving campaign anchor the opportunities for contributing. Planned giving through the Stephen Seleny Society is the choice of some donors; others wish to honor or memorialize loved ones through the school. The options for giving are unlimited. TVS is delighted to work with donors to make their desires a reality.

Trinity Valley School seeks to be the best possible steward of its gifts. Students and faculty alike benefit from the wise management and thoughtful allocation of funds. From arts and academics to athletics and experiential education, all aspects of the School are impacted by the generosity of donors. Faculty advancement, facility innovation, and future needs are all factors in the disbursement of resources.

The School embodies many aspects of giving: canned food drives, tutoring low-income students, and community service are but a few of the myriad ways TVS students share their time and gifts with the world. Trinity Valley students understand that they are responsible for sharing their gifts and good fortune, and by doing so, they develop habits of character that enhance their lives and the lives of those they encounter. Serving others provides unparalleled perspective.

Giving to Trinity Valley School is a wise investment in the future of Fort Worth and the world at large. Please contact the School for more information on becoming a part of the giving legacy.

Donor Spotlight

It began with one. In March of this school year, Kindergartner Lauren Young met me at the drop-off circle with a bag full of change and a few dollar bills, sealed securely in a zip-top bag. She handed it to me and said, “This is for the endowment. Maybe it will help other children go to TVS.” WOW! She went on to let me know that this was her own money that she was donating to our school, not money that her parents, Rochelle and Jacob White, had given her. “It is my very own money!” she said.

I found out that her family makes an effort to teach their children to give a portion of their allowance to someone or some place that makes a difference in the lives of others. Lauren chose TVS. I mentioned this donation on the announcements one morning, letting our students know of this child who gave selflessly to our school. Then, the magic began! One by one, each day, another child brought me coins in an envelope, for the endowment. Day after day, after day, the baggies filled with a few scattered bills and much change were delivered to me. Each one had the same story.

“This was my own money. It is for the endowment.”
“I took this from my piggy bank. Would you give it to the endowment?”
“I got this gold coin from the tooth fairy and wanted to give it to the endowment.”
“I sold my stuffed animals in the garage sale and want to give TVS half of the money for the endowment.”

By the last day of school, the donations from children to the endowment totaled $200.32. Now, that may not seem like a windfall to most of us, but I guarantee you that to the child who let go of his only $2.00, it is a fortune. What began with a small donation from Lauren, quickly spread to over 30 donations from Lower Schoolers. I am amazed by and in awe of our children. They teach all of us each day. This act, started by one small gift of gratitude, showed how one person can inspire others to do great things. Our younger children are already affecting the lives of future generations of Trojans, through their gifts today.

TVS Gift Categories

Headmaster's Circle
gifts of $25,000 and up*

Founder
gifts of $15,000 to $24,999*

Leader
gifts of $10,000 to $14,999*

Guarantor
gifts of $5,000 to $9,999*

Sustainer
gifts of $2,500 to $4,999*

Pacesetter
gifts of $1,500 to $2,499*

Patron
gifts of $1,000 to $1,499*

Friend
gifts of up to $999

*All donors making gifts of $1,000 or more are members of the Trinity Valley School Benefactors' Society.

Payment information:

Donors may make a gift online through the TVS website.

Pledges and Payments

Payment may be made by:

  • Credit card – AmEx, Discover, Mastercard or Visa
  • Check – single payment at time of pledge OR billed in December and/or February
  • Online donation – through the TVS Web site
  • Cash

Corporate Matching Gift

Many corporations provide a matching gift benefit to their employees. A donor’s employer may double, and in some cases, triple a donor’s personal gift. Matching gifts from corporations will be combined with the donor’s personal gift for purposes of recognition and gift club membership.

Tax Deductibility of Gifts

Trinity Valley School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

MARGARET KRAMER

Director of Advancement
kramerm@trinityvalleyschool.org


CLARE PRITCHETT '89
Director of External Affairs & Major Gifts
pritchettc@trinityvalleyschool.org


KATHRYN DAVIS '89

Director of Alumni Relations
davisks@trinityvalleyschool.org


ASHLEY ROBINSON

Associate Director of Advancement
robinsona@trinityvalleyschool.org


DEANNA HANSEN

Administrative Assistant to the Advancement Office
hansend@trinityvalleyschool.org


Contact Us: 817.321.0100