Annual Fund

Each fall, we launch the Annual Fund, an appeal to the entire FRA community for financial support that supplements the School’s annual operating budget. The Annual Fund provides funds for faculty salaries, financial aid, and for programmatic needs such as athletic uniforms, musical and play props, and teaching supplies. While tuition almost completely covers the cost of an FRA education, the Annual Fund plays an important role in making up the difference. And, because we understand that different areas of school-life hold significance to each giver, our Annual Fund program allows you to designate your gift.

Thanks to the collaborative generosity of FRA parents, alumni, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends, last years’ Annual Fund raised more than $700,000, greatly exceeding our budgeted goal. The 2019-20 Annual Fund begins in the fall of 2019 and closes on June 30, 2020. Gifts must be received by June 30, 2020, to realize credit for the 2019-20 Annual Fund. To get involved, or for further information, please contact Eric Adams at (615) 369-4633. To donate or pledge online today, click here.

Where would you like to direct your investment?

Area of Greatest Need

These funds will be used to support the operating budget directly benefiting our students, teachers, programs, and operations. Unrestricted gifts to the operating budget allow the school to use your gift where it is most vitally needed. Approximately 85% of gifts received each year are directed toward the area of greatest need. These gifts provide the school with the necessary flexibility to respond rapidly to changing circumstances and to take advantage of unexpected opportunities.

Academic Programs/Faculty Development

FRA is dedicated to inspiring in our students a lifelong love of learning through programs emphasizing skills of collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and global awareness. Great teachers are at the heart of this initiative, and in order to retain and recruit the best teachers, FRA offers competitive salaries and opportunities for professional growth.

Fine and Performing Arts

The arts are an integral part of a complete education. Your gift designated toward FRA’s music, theater, and fine arts programs will ensure continued exceptional instruction for students at all grade levels. Beginning in the lower school and continuing through the upper school, FRA students are immersed in activities and endeavors that foster a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

Spiritual and Philanthropic Studies

Your gift to spiritual life and philanthropic studies helps FRA inspire our students to be people of conviction within an inclusive Christian community. At every grade level, students are guided by Christian principles to lead and participate in a variety of intentional service opportunities. These experiences help students develop leadership abilities and important lifelong skills that compel students to lead lives of compassionate global citizenship.

Athletics and Wellness

Your gift to FRA’s athletics and wellness programs will help support activities that build physical strength, self-discipline, self-confidence, and collaborative skills, all of which are essential to personal growth. Our coaches are educators, and your support will enable them to continue FRA’s commitment to teamwork, sportsmanship, personal growth, and respect for self and others.

Financial Aid

Financial aid plays a critical role in creating a community of students with a diversity of talents, backgrounds, and experiences. Gifts to this fund allow FRA to seek out students whose values and contributions will strengthen the learning environment at FRA. Financial aid is awarded to qualified students on a need basis.

The Annual Fund Family of Funds supports students and faculty through the school’s operating budget. Should designated contributions exceed the budgeted limit, we will direct the funds to the area of greatest need.

View a short annual fund video

2019-20 Annual Fund Volunteers

Annual Fund Chairs
Joelle and Ricky Speed

Lower School Parent Chairs
Kelly and Richard Lebow

Middle School Parent Chairs
Amanda and Michael Lindseth

Upper School Parent Chairs
Melissa and Jeb Beasley