What is the Annual Fund?

On behalf of the entire Advancement Team, thank you so much for your interest in supporting The Alexander Dawson School. For our school to remain a transformational educational experience for every student, we rely on financial contributions of all sizes from our entire community—including parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty and staff, and friends. This section will outline what the Annual Fund is as well as the options you have in making a philanthropic impact with your gift.

We are extraordinarily thankful to those who invest their valuable resources in schools, and in doing so create broader learning opportunities for talented students to explore their interests and achieve their dreams. Thank you again for your support and belief in the education that The Alexander Dawson School provides.

Please contact Assistant Head of School for Advancement Andrew Bishop to discuss the Annual Fund in more detail abishop@adsrm.org.

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  • What is the Dawson Annual Fund?

    The Dawson Annual Fund is the School’s annual giving campaign that raises critical philanthropic dollars to support the daily operations of the School during the current academic year. It is Dawson’s number one fundraising priority, as it allows the School to fully live its Mission and achieve its Vision.
  • Why should I support the Dawson Annual Fund?

    The Alexander Dawson School is an independent, not-for-profit, school; therefore, it does not receive state or federal funding. The School relies entirely on tuition dollars and draws from the Alexander Dawson Foundation’s endowment to cover the cost of our bond (i.e., a mortgage payment), as well as charitable donations from the community to educate our students and provide the incredible faculty and programs that make Dawson so great.
  • May I designate where my donation dollars are spent?

    Because Annual Fund dollars support every facet of the Dawson experience, the School does allow you to designate your gift toward any of these priorities. 

    You may designate your gift to one of the following “buckets”:
    • Where it’s needed most (unrestricted)
    • Professional Development for faculty
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Fine and Performing Arts
    • Athletics
    • Financial Aid
    We encourage you to follow The Alexander Dawson School on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and read the Petroglyph magazine to see great stories and photos throughout the year of your investment at work.
  • Why is 100% participation important?

    Giving percentages serve as the measure by which corporations and foundations rate involvement from faculty and families. They also see it as an endorsement of the School's mission and vision.
  • What are the different ways to give to the Annual Fund?

    • Give Online
    • By Check to "The Alexander Dawson School"
    • Gifts of Stock
    • Wire funds. Please contact Controller Karen Barra to coordinate at kbarra@adsrm.org or 702-949-3600 x613.
    • For more information please contact Development Manager Cathi Campo.
  • What is a leadership gift?

    Support the School, community and our students with a Leadership Gift to the Dawson Annual Fund. Your generosity propels our School forward, strengthens our community, and makes Dawson a place like no other in the nation. Leadership giving provides a signal to all other donors that an Alexander Dawson School education is a valuable resource in our community.

    A leadership gift is a large donation made by a single person or people, a foundation, or friend of Dawson that inspires others to contribute and participate. We are grateful for each and every gift to the Annual Fund!
    The Henderson Founders’ Society: $50,000 and above
    The Red Rock Society: $25,000-$49,999
    The Dawson Society: $10,000-$24,999
    Platinum Circle: $5,000-$9,999
    Diamond Circle: $2,500-$4,999
    Other giving levels include:
    Gold Circle: $1,000-$2,499
    Silver Circle: $500-$999
    Bronze Circle: $250-$499
    Supporters: $249 & below
  • Are donations tax-deductible?

    Yes, Dawson is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all cash, securities or in-kind contributions are tax deductible.
  • Who can I contact for more information?

    Please contact Andrew Bishop at abishop@adsrm.org for additional information.

The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student wellbeing and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners. 
Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.