Annual Fund

2023 - 2024 Annual Fund Progress

  1. 100
  2. 90
  3. 80
  4. 70
  5. 60
  6. 50
  7. 40
  8. 30
  9. 20
  10. 10
  11. 0
Goal $175,000.00
Current $180,650.00
Remaining $0.00
Goal Participation 100%
Current Participation 48%
As of Date 5/8/2024
Start Date 9/7/2023
End Date 6/30/2024
Last Year Amount $180,659.00
Last Year Participation 58%
Each fall, we launch the Annual Fund, an appeal to the entire O’Neal community for financial support that offsets the School’s annual operating budget. The Annual Fund is made up of unrestricted gifts that go to work immediately by providing funds for faculty salaries and professional development, financial aid, facility upkeep and renewal, and for programmatic needs such as athletic uniforms, musical props, art supplies, and teaching supplies. While tuition covers most of the cost of an O’Neal education, the Annual Fund plays an important role in making up the difference.
Thanks to the generosity of O’Neal parents, alumni, faculty,
staff, the Board of Trustees, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends, last year's Annual Fund raised $180,659, exceeding our budgeted goal. The 2023-24 Annual Fund begins in the fall of 2023 and closes on June 30, 2024. Gifts must be received by June 30, 2024, to be counted towards the 2023-24 Annual Fund. To get involved, or for further information, please contact the Advancement Office at 910-692-6920 x106.

2022-2023 Annual Fund Amount Raised


Frequently Asked Questions

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the Annual Fund?

    Like other independent schools, The O’Neal School’s tuition alone does not cover the entire cost of educating each student. Gifts to the Annual Fund help bridge the gap between tuition and expenses, supporting all components of an independent school education.  
  • Why doesn't tuition cover the full cost of educating each student?

    Although tuition provides the largest portion of the operating budget, covering the total cost of educating a student would require a significant tuition increase.  

    The O’Neal School looks to our parents, grandparents, trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to help by donating to the Annual Fund. Your tax-deductible gifts are key to the School’s financial health and day-to-day operations.  

    In addition to the Annual Fund, special fundraising events, earnings on investments, capital/endowment contributions and planned/estate gifts also provide additional necessary resources for the School. 
  • What does the Annual Fund provide for The O'Neal School?

    Annual Fund gifts supplement the school's annual operating budget and support faculty salaries, professional development, financial aid, and facility upkeep and renewal. Additional enhancements provided by the Annual Fund have included: 
    • State-of-the-art technology 
    • Library enhancements 
    • Advanced equipment for science classes
    • Support for performing and visual arts programs
    • Athletic uniforms and equipment
    • Innovative teaching supplies
    • Enhanced security and safety 
  • Why don't we do fundraisers instead of the Annual Fund?

    Instead of asking students to become “salespersons” in their neighborhoods, The O’Neal School seeks voluntary gifts to our Annual Fund. Families and friends support The O’Neal School because they believe in its dedication to academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students in an environment where integrity, self-discipline, and consideration for others are fundamental.  
  • Why is participation important?

    The Annual Fund unites our school community around the common goal of supporting our students. The greater the participation, the more we can achieve for our school.  When The O’Neal School seeks funding from outside sources, such as foundations, corporations, and other organizations, it is important for us to demonstrate that a substantial proportion of the O’Neal community contributes to the Annual Fund. This support conveys the message to outside funding sources that our own community believes in and backs our school, making those organizations more likely to believe in us too! Consequently, we aspire to 100% parent participation to support O’Neal’s efforts in providing an exceptional educational program for its students and increasing our outside funding opportunities.  
  • Will a small gift make a difference?

    Yes! The O’Neal School needs YOU. Every gift, large or small, makes a difference in the lives of our students. And, while the dollar goal is very important to meet the annual operating budget, high participation rates (at any level) help the entire O’Neal community. 
  • How do I make my gift?

    You can make your pledge or gift by mailing a check to our Development Office or by?clicking?Give Now | The O'Neal School to access the giving page of our website. 
    A very simple way to give is by becoming a Falcon’s First monthly giving member. Choose recurring gift online, select monthly and your contribution will automatically occur each month. 

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  • Can I designate my gift to a specific area at The O'Neal School?

    For the Annual Fund to fully support the School’s operating budget, we prefer these gifts to be undesignated. However, there are times when exceptions can be made for unique opportunities. 
  • What is the matching gift program?

    Matching gifts are a wonderful way to double or sometimes even triple the impact of your gift. More than 1,500 U.S. companies offer the benefit of matching charitable gifts made by their employees. Request a matching gift form from your employer and send it with your gift. We’ll take care of the rest!
  • Will my gift be tax-deductible?

    Yes! The O’Neal School is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible. Once we receive your gift, we will send a thank-you letter and receipt for tax purposes. 
  • How will I be recognized?

    Your name or (anonymous designation) will be listed alphabetically by giving level in The O’Neal School Magazine’s Annual Report. Most importantly, you will have the gratitude of the entire O’Neal community! 
  • When should I give?

    Early participation is encouraged during the Annual Fund campaign launch on Founders Day, September 7, although you can make a gift at any time throughout the year. The O’Neal School operates on a fiscal year schedule, July 1 - June 30. Many donors choose to make their gifts before the end of the calendar year, to take advantage of the IRS tax benefit for that year. For participation in the current Annual Fund campaign, gifts must be received by June 30. 
  • Can I give something other than cash?

    Yes! Gifts to the Annual Fund can be made through a variety of methods, such as stock transfer, IRA Charitable Rollover, Donor Advised Funds, or bequests.
  • What is the difference between an Annual Fund and a Capital Campaign?

    The Annual Fund supports operational expenses for the current school year. Capital Campaign gifts provide significant funds for designated projects such as new construction and/or renovation of facilities. Unlike the Annual Fund, Capital Campaign pledges can be spread over several years. Currently, there is not an active Capital Campaign at The O’Neal School. 
  • Am I expected to give to both?

    We encourage you to contribute to the best of your ability. To be successful, schools require both sustained annual gifts to operations as well as major capital support. Through your continued support of the Annual Fund and your gifts to Capital Campaigns, you are making a difference in the immediate and long-term needs of our school.  

    An independent school education is an investment and an opportunity to be fully involved in your student’s educational journey.  Financial contributions to the Annual Fund and Capital Campaigns are tax deductible. Because tuition does not cover the cost of an O’Neal School education, we rely on contributions from a variety of donors. The size of these gifts may vary, but ALL gifts, of any size, are important. Many O’Neal parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty/staff, and community members have stepped forward with gifts at the leadership level of $1,971 or more. This level of giving helps The O’Neal School meet the educational needs of the entire school community. 

Annual Giving Clubs

Trustees Club

A leadership gift of $5,000 or more

Founders Club

A leadership gift of $1,971 or more in recognition of O'Neal's founding year


A gift to The Annual Fund of $500-$1,970


A gift to The Annual Fund of up to $499
The O'Neal School admits students of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by law to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by law in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.