What Does the Annual Fund Support?

The US Annual Fund supports faculty compensation and professional development, enabling US to attract, develop, and retain outstanding teachers.  

2019-2020 Goal: $3.25 million

NEW for 2020: Unlock $1 million for US!
US has been presented with an amazing opportunity.  An anonymous donor will give a $1 million capital gift if 1,000 people make a new or increased Annual Fund gift.

Each new or increased Annual Fund gift given on or before Give Day (March 10) will count toward the 1,000 gifts challenge AND unlock an additional $500 for US!

Two ways to help unlock $1 million for US:
1. If you did not make an annual fund gift last year, make a gift.
2. If you made an annual fund gift last year, increase your gift.

Along with providing competitive salaries for teachers, the Annual Fund supports faculty grants, so teachers can pursue professional development opportunities that contribute significantly to their growth in their area of service.  These awards support a wide range of activities such as conferences and workshops, curriculum development projects, graduate studies, or independent projects to study or write.  They can take place locally or across the globe.

The Impact of your Gift

  • Over the past decade, US has increased faculty compensation by $1.25 million, moving from the bottom quartile among our peer schools to the regional leader; $1 million of that increase came from Annual Fund growth

  • Over the past six years, 112 faculty have participated in at least one professional development experience.  These experiences took place in more than 60 cities, in 11 countries on 6 continents.

  • Over the past three years, US has increased professional development funds by almost 50%

    This progress would not have been possible without the generous support of our community!  Help us continue the positive trajectory by making an Annual Fund gift in support of US faculty.


    Current challenge status as of 05/22/2020.

    Annual Fund Leaders

    2019-2020 Annual Fund Chair
    Jeff Malbasa ’99
    2019-2020 Tower Society Chair
    Mitch Stein '01
    2019-2020 Parent Chairs
    Caroline and Mitch Borrow
    (Jack '20)

    Annual Fund Office

    Ben Malbasa '96
    Director of the Annual Fund
    (216) 292-2147

    Hannah Kish
    Annual Fund Coordinator
    216-292-2156 x7313

    Teresa Bell
    Annual Fund Assistant
    (216) 292-2157

    Tower Society Giving Levels

    List of 2 frequently asked questions.

    • Leadership Giving Circles

      Founders $50,000+ 
      Anderson $25,000-$49,999
      Peters $18,900-$24,999
      McKinley $10,000-$18,899
      Maroon & Black $5,000-$9,999
      Main $2,000-$4,999
    • Young Alumni Tower Society

      2001-2005 $1,000+
      2006-2010 $500+
      2011-2015 $250+
      2016 $100+
      2017 $75+
      2018 $50+
      2019 $25+

    Stock Gift Options

    Get Involved!

    Join the more than 200 parents, alumni, and friends who volunteer for the Annual Fund each year.  For more information, contact Annual Fund Coordinator Hannah Kish at hkish@us.edu or 216-292-2147.

    Maximize your gift!

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    Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
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    Phone: 216-321-8260

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    2785 SOM Center Road
    Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
    GRADES 9-12
    Phone: 216-831-2200
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