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Giving FAQs

I am already paying tuition. Why should I give to the Lausanne Community Fund?

Your gifts support everything that sets Lausanne apart – talented and dedicated teachers, a diverse community of students, small class sizes, as well as exceptional offerings in academics, the arts and athletics. Like every other independent school, Lausanne relies on this fundraising to make these enhancements possible. The money we raise for the Lausanne Community Fund this year will enable us to plan for next year.

What if I can't make a large gift?

All gifts, no matter the size, are critical to Lausanne’s mission. Consistent, smaller gifts have a huge impact on Lausanne’s ability to educate our student body, hire standout faculty, and employ the most innovative teaching and learning technologies. We encourage all donors to give at whichever level they find most meaningful:

Giving Levels:
*Nelse Thompson Society $25,000+
*Founder’s Society $10,000+
*Headmaster Society $5,000+
*Blue & Gold Society $2,500+
*KTH Society $1,200+
Collegiate Circle $500+
Horizon Circle $250+
Lynx Circle $150+
Donor Circle Up to $149 

*Denotes membership in The Lausanne Way Leadership Society

Why should I give to Lausanne when there are other organizations that need support?

There are many worthy organizations in which members of the Lausanne community are personally involved. In accordance with The Lausanne Way, we build character in our students through their service to others, thus we offer a wide variety of community service opportunities for students. A gift to LynxServe supports such initiatives and serves as an investment in our students, which will help them to become leaders and innovators in a global environment.

What is participation? Why is it important?

Participation is the percentage of our Lausanne Community (parents, alumni, faculty, etc.) who make a gift of any size in a given year. This percentage is a key indicator of the strength of the school community and can also have an impact on giving from outside sources; many foundations consider participation rates before agreeing to make a charitable gift to a school. We aim for 100% participation each year from our entire community.

Does it matter when I make my gift?

Yes! A gift made early in the school year is a great advantage, as it allows us to plan for the following year. We encourage donors to make their gift or pledge by December 31, with pledge payments due by May 31, which serves as the end of our fiscal year. Once you have made a gift or pledge, you will not receive another Lausanne Community Fund solicitation until the following school year.

How do I set up a recurring gift?

If you’d like to set up a recurring gift, please contact Kris Launius at

I want to support both the Lausanne Community Fund and the Lausanne Auction. Am I able to do that?

Absolutely! Lausanne’s annual Auction is an important component of annual giving at the school, raising much needed dollars designated for specific needs for our students and teachers. We hope families make a gift to the Lausanne Community Fund, as well as support Lausanne by volunteering on the Auction Committee, attending the Auction, sponsoring the event, donating items to the silent auction and/or bidding during the silent and live auction. For more information on the Auction and other ways to become involved, please contact Amber Colvin at 901-474-1033 or