Supporting Every Girl, Every Day

As a year of many firsts, we are inspired by our AGS Hurricanes who faced the challenges of this year with resilience. We are inspired by their tenacity as they continue to shape the future for the better.

A culture of philanthropy is at the heart of Atlanta Girls’ School. Like most independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the full cost of educating students at AGS. We are sincerely grateful for the tremendous levels of support that enable AGS to provide transformative instructional programs and opportunities to every girl, every day.

Annual Giving is the cornerstone of all giving at Atlanta Girls’ School. This critical resource for unrestricted dollars supports the operating budget each year and helps us fund a wide range of expenses from programs, salaries, and extracurricular activities to special needs that arise throughout the year.

There is roughly a $6,000 gap between what tuition covers and the cost of educating each student, and the Annual Fund dollars help to cover that difference. At the outset of each school year, the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff lead the way with 100% participation in the Annual Fund, and this school year is no exception.

Gifts to the Atlanta Girls’ School Annual Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. The AGS Annual Fund begins on July 1 and payments are due by June 30 the following year.

Please join us in celebrating our AGS students and helping us continue to inspire girls to lead lives of purpose. Click here to learn more and participate in The Inspire Campaign with a gift to the Annual Fund.

Give to the Inspire Campaign

Laurel Leaf Circle

The Laurel Leaf Circle honors those whose gifts demonstrate tremendous annual commitment to Atlanta Girls’ School for transformative instructional programming and opportunities for every girl, every day. When you join, you become a leader in our community, and demonstrate your belief in our mission.

Gifts from The Laurel Leaf Circle touch all areas of campus by providing special programs, campus enhancements, support for faculty and staff, special needs as they arise each year, and more.

Membership in The Laurel Leaf Circle is extended to those who contribute $1,000 or more within the fiscal year, July 1 to June 30.

Members receive special benefits in appreciation of their generous support. They are recognized in the annual report, and all relevant print materials, and are invited to special events throughout the year.


November 5th Society

Founded in 2011, the November 5th Society honors and recognizes individual donors who support Atlanta Girls’ School at the $5,000 level and above. The Society was named in honor of the first gift ever received by AGS – on November 5, 1998 – made by Amy Jorgenson Conlee, who has remained one of the school’s most loyal and generous supporters.

Members of the November 5th Society are recognized each November on Founders’ Day and are celebrated at an annual event.

Georgia Tax Credit Program

The Georgia Tax Credit Program is an important source of funding for AGS and supports our commitment to financial aid. Through this program, Georgia residents and C-Corporations can redirect a portion of their Georgia tax liability to a Student Scholarship Organization (SSO) in support of the financial aid program at Atlanta Girls’ School. Participants receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit on their state income taxes and a charitable deduction on their federal return. For married couples filing jointly, the maximum tax credit eligible contribution is $2,500. For individuals, it is $1,000. For C-Corporations, it is up to 75% of GA tax liability. Please visit the Apogee website to start the process. Be sure to list Atlanta Girls’ School as the donor recipient school. The deadline to apply is December 2019.


Tribute Gifts

Donors who would like to make their gift to AGS in honor or in memory of a graduate, student, teacher, or friend need only to alert the Advancement Office at the time of the gift.

Please notate how you wish the gift to be recognized on your gift form, in the comments section of an online gift, or by emailing or calling:

Chanda Swinney
404-605-2805

Annual Fund FAQs

Large increases in tuition may prohibit many families the opportunity of an AGS education which would alter the diverse culture and unique learning environment each student currently enjoys. Through Annual Fund donations, we can keep tuition costs more affordable and provide financial aid and scholarships to deserving students.

More than 1,500 companies match philanthropic contributions made by an employee or spouse and it is a great way for donors to double their gifts to the school. Check with your employer—typically the human resources department—to see if they match gifts to secondary education institutions. If so, get the matching gift form from your employer, fill out the form, and send it to the AGS Office of Advancement according to your employer’s guidelines.

A campus enhancement or legacy gift (Heritage Brick or planned gift) supports the future of AGS. These appeals are typically periodic when the need for facility enhancements presents itself or upon the realization of a planned gift. Gifts to the Annual Fund are primarily used for current operations.

While gifts to Parents’ Circle and the AGS Auction are also vital to the operation of the school. Gifts to the PC or Auction support special activities and programs and thus are considered in addition to Annual Fund gifts.

No. While we appreciate you redirecting your state tax dollars for financial aid at AGS, please note that a contribution to the Georgia Private School Tax Credit Program, designated to AGS, cannot be counted as a gift to the Annual Fund as it does not directly support the AGS operating budget.

“As a graduate, I am most excited about soon being able to donate to the school myself and repay it for the change it has made in my own life and the change it continues to make in young girls’ lives from across Atlanta. Thank you so much for your generous support and for allowing so many girls like me to have the AGS experience.”

Daisy Mashburn '12, University of Virginia '16