Excellence in Teaching Initiative

In May 2014, the Garfinkel family made an endowed gift to launch Graded’s Excellence in Teaching Initiative. Since 1920, Graded has attracted top educators who seek an inspiring and intellectually challenging community. By supporting faculty salaries and providing professional development opportunities, the Excellence in Teaching Endowment allows Graded to improve student learning by recruiting, developing, and retaining the world’s best teachers. 

“Students becoming more curious, more empathetic, and more inspired… That is the sole reason we all show up each day. We are all, in our own way, whether it be through cooking, nursing, cleaning, or teaching, creating the space for 'education' to happen. We are all, in our own way, trying to create a better world and more hopeful future.”Andrew Hossack
Deeper Learning Coach

Donors who contribute at a level of *R$200,000+ are recognized as members of Graded's Leadership Donor Circle and are honored on Graded's Leadership Donor Wall for their extraordinary dedication to the school.

For more information on Leadership Giving, please contact Chief Development Officer Tracy Harrison at

Leadership Donor Circle

Legacy Circle
R$10M +

Visionary Circle
R$3M - $9M

Benefactor Circle
R$1.5M - $2.9M

Patron Circle
R$500K - $1.5M

Ambassador Circle
R$250K - $499K

Advocate Circle
R$200K* - $249K

*Leadership Donor entry level donation adjusted from R$100,000 to R$150,000 on January 1, 2018, and from R$150,000 to R$200,000 on November 11, 2020.