Annual Fund



Why does Ratner need an Annual Fund?

Tuition at Ratner covers about 80% of our expenses. A significant portion of the funds needed to cover expenses comes from the Ratner Annual Fund. To cover the actual cost of educating a student, we would need to instate a significant tuition increase. Such an increase would affect the diversity of our school community, and make us less competitively priced than other area schools. We keep tuition below what it costs to run the school – leaving a gap between tuition revenue and operating expenses. We count on a successful Annual Fund to cover this tuition gap. Tuition dollars come out of a family’s post-tax dollars; gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible.

Every gift to the Annual Fund is significant – no matter how large or small – and each gift will have an impact on the students at Ratner!

Your gift helps to support initiatives such as student financial aid, enrichments programs, professional development, and academic programs for the students.

Foundations and corporations are always interested in the percentage of participation of our families, staff, and Board of Trustees. Quite simply, the higher the percentage of people who have given to the Ratner Annual Fund in key constituencies (like “current families” and “alumni”), the more inclined foundations and other grantors are to support the school. That’s a major bonus!

Making a donation is easy and you can support the school at the level which best suits you!

You may make a donation online, over the phone, by mail, or in person! Please see below for the levels of giving.

Matching Gifts

A matching gift to Ratner may be possible through your job. Please inquire with the Finance Office () regarding the necessary paperwork to receive these funds.

Help spread the word by speaking with other families about the importance of the Annual Fund to the School and to all the Ratner students!

Thank you for looking into the Ratner Annual Fund and how it supports the School! Please contact Head of School Michael Griffith with any questions about giving. Mike can be reached by telephone at (216) 464-0033 ext. 1122 or via e-mail at .

We look forward to your participation! 


The Leadership Circle
Circle Society – $10,000 and Up
Director’s Club – $5,000 – $9,999
Benefactor – $2,500 – $4,999
Patron – $1,000 – $2,499

The Ratner Lights Circle
Supporter – $500 – $999
Friend – $250-$499
Contributor – Up to $249
The Raptor’s Society of Young Alumni – $25 – $250


DONATE ONLINE: Use the secure link at the top of this page.

GIFTS BY MAIL: The Ratner School, ATTN: Annual Fund

Checks or money orders should be made payable to The Ratner School and mailed to: 27575 Shaker Boulevard, Pepper Pike, OH 44124

GIFTS OF STOCK: To make a gift of stock or other security, contact The Ratner School at 216.464.0033 x 1124 for the necessary account information.

MATCHING GIFTS: The Ratner School encourages you to ask your employer about whether or not the company has a Matching Gift program. A Matching Gift can increase your support to the School.