As caretakers of a school with a tradition of excellence in Christian education, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of this wonderful institution.  Gifts supporting the school’s endowment secure the long-term financial sustainability of the School and enhance the quality of education provided.

An endowment is a permanent fund similar to a savings account for the School from which only a percentage of earned income is spent.  The interest earned on the invested principal helps to fund mission-critical areas like faculty salaries and need-based scholarships.   While the School’s annual operating expenses are primarily met through tuition and the Annual Giving Campaign, an endowment provides long-term financial security enabling mission-driven decisions to be made with visionary planning for academic excellence.  Strong endowments enable schools to endure fluctuations in enrollment and market demand by diminishing dependence on tuition revenue. 
The Dunham School is committed to building our endowment.  Named endowments can be established at The Dunham School with a minimum threshold gift of $50,000 payable over five years while gifts of lesser amounts can be made to the school’s general endowment or an established named endowment.  During the 2007-2008 school year, the School was blessed to have three new named endowments created.

The Liz Peters Master Teacher Endowment



The Al and Mary Gayden Jones Share Dunham Endowment

This endowment provides tuition assistance to help “share” the Dunham experience with academically capable students in need of financial aid.  The endowment’s intent gives preference to children of single parents and widows in keeping with James 1:27.  The endowment was started during the 2007-2008 school year through a generous gift from an anonymous Dunham family who named the endowment in honor of former trustee Al Jones and his wife Mary Gayden.


The Phoebe Brantley Dance Scholarship Endowment

This endowment provides tuition assistance based on financial need for outstanding students with demonstrated abilities in dance.  The endowment honors the late Phoebe Brantley, a highly-respected dance instructor in the Baton Rouge community for many years and Dunham grandparent.  Many of Mrs. Brantley’s students have carried on her legacy performing with professional dance companies both nationally and internationally in such places as Austin Ballet, Ballet West, New York City Opera Company and Cornell University.  Several have become well know dance instructors themselves.  Mrs. Brantley’s passion for dance embodies the heart and purpose of this endowment.  Members of Mrs. Brantley’s family established this endowment during the 2007-2008 school year through The Phoebe Brantley Memorial Foundation.


For information about making an endowed gift, please contact Kinch Cato, Director of Advancement.