Ways to Give

Every Gift Matters

There is tremendous momentum at University School. With the extraordinary philanthropic support of our alumni, parents, and friends, US is on an upward trajectory while we implement our most ambitious plans for today and for the future.

University School has a history of strong philanthropic support which has helped build US into one of the country's leading boys' schools. The generosity of our community supports our mission by allowing us to attract and retain outstanding faculty, maintain exceptional facilities, and provide our teachers and students with the tools and resources they need to do their best work.

This is an exciting time in the history of US. We invite you to be a part of it. Please feel free contact us directly if we can be of help to you in any way. 

Best wishes and thanks,

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    Mr. Jonathan Bridge 

    Assistant Head of School for Advancement

The Annual Fund

Gifts to the Annual Fund enhance the experiences of US students by supporting our teachers and ensuring the accessibility of a US education. Growth of our Annual Fund has enabled US to be a leader among independent schools in faculty compensation and professional development. This year's Annual Fund seeks to raise $3.6 million. LEARN MORE

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    Mr. Ben Malbasa 

    Director of the Annual Fund & Alumni Engagement, Head Football Coach, Admissions Associate, Center for the Education of Boys
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    Mrs. Hannah Kish 

    Assistant Director of the Annual Fund

Ohio Tax Credit Program

Ohio taxpayers can receive a tax credit of up to $750 for an individual or up to $1,500 for a couple filing jointly when making a gift to University School through a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The gift will support need-based financial aid students. Gifts can be made through the Ohio Association of Independent Schools (OAIS). Make a gift below and designate University School. LEARN MORE

Gift Planning

Tax-wise gift strategies may allow you to maximize the impact of your charitable giving while achieving your philanthropic goals. These gifts may include gifts of stocks and bonds, real estate, and retirement assets. LEARN MORE

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    Mrs. Lorie Smith 

    Associate Director of Advancement

Capital & Endowment Gifts

Over the past two decades, capital gifts have transformed both the Hunting Valley and Shaker campuses with much more on the way. Endowment gifts provide a perpetual stream of income directed to areas of interest, including faculty support and financial aid. Currently, University School’s endowment is over $129 million, subject to variation due to market fluctuations, and provides approximately $3 million in annual revenue to the school. Gifts to these areas begin at $100,000. 

Please contact Jonathan Bridge, Assistant Head of School for Advancement, by email or directly at 216.292.2152 or Lorie Hollington Smith, Associate Director of Advancement, by email or directly at 216.292.2142.

How to Give

Mail a Check
To mail a check, please be sure to include your name, address, and contact information as well as information about your donation. Make the check out to University School and mail to:
University School Annual Fund
2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, OH 44022-9972

Call by Phone
To make a gift with a credit card or to make a pledge over the phone, please contact Teresa Bell, Annual Fund Assistant, at 216.292.2157.

Automatic Monthly Giving
Setting up a monthly gift is a convenient and customizable way to make your Annual Fund gift in support of University School. You may set up an automatic monthly gift from your credit card, debit card, or as a bank transfer. You may also choose to continue this recurring gift for a specific time period such as 1 year, 5 years, or indefinitely. SET UP A MONTHLY GIFT

Gifts of Stock
Make a gift of stock, a wire transfer, or a gift from a donor-advised fund (DAF) by following this guide: DOWNLOAD GUIDE

Gift Matching

With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple your gift! Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, visit

Gift Transfer Procedure

We've created a helpful guide for you to share with your financial advisor for setting up a gift transfer to University School. DOWNLOAD GUIDE

Faculty & Staff Giving

Faculty and staff of University School are some of our most loyal donors. Current employees may give directly from their paycheck. Please contact Teresa Bell, in the Office of Advancement, by email, or directly at 216.292.2157.

Shaker Heights Campus JUNIOR K – GRADE 8

20701 Brantley Road, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
Phone: (216) 321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus GRADES 9 – 12

2785 SOM Center Road, Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: (216) 831-2200