There are so many ways to engage and participate in the life of our school. Your support of SMES ensures that our students are inspired and lifted up by our community each year, building on a strong tradition of philanthropy that makes certain the school is equal to their aspirations day by day. 

The Advancement Department is here to continually build relationships between the school and our families to create a culture of philanthropy. Like most independent schools, St. Martin's relies on philanthropic support from our community to sustain and enhance our excellent programs while advancing our school's mission.

At SMES, the main sources of income beyond tuition include: The St. Martin’s Fund, our annual giving campaign; Georgia GOAL, a state tax-credit program for need-based financial assistance; and the Golf Tournament, our annual golf tournament benefiting the SMES Endowment. From time to time, as capital and infrastructure needs arise, SMES will implement special capital fundraising campaigns.
Ultimately, all gifts to SMES allow the school financial flexibility and to operate with a balanced budget.  

Support from alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends strengthens today's efforts while ensuring the promise of tomorrow. We welcome everyone to participate in the life of our school actively!

Ways to Give

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  • The St. Martin's Fund

    The St. Martin’s Fund is our highest giving priority and the most significant way in which the school covers costs that tuition cannot. This includes funding for innovative technology; curricular enhancements; facility safety improvements; need-based tuition assistance; and robust professional development for faculty and staff. 
    Each and every gift impacts our programs and shapes your child’s experience. We ask that all families contribute at a level that is comfortable for you. Every year we hope for 100% parent participation.
  • Georgia Goal

    Redirect a portion of your state tax dollars to SMES’s tuition assistance program through Georgia GOAL. This dollar-to-dollar tax credit program is at no cost to you and provides critical funding at St. Martin’s. For more information, click here.
  • Golf Tournament

    Since 2002, the St. Martin's Golf Tournament has raised more than $550,000 for the school's Endowment Fund. Like all independent schools, St. Martin's relies on the Endowment Fund for future generations. In addition, the investment income from this fund enables the school to provide tuition assistance to deserving students and support teacher professional development.
  • PTO

    The St. Martin’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) plays an integral role in the life of the school. Separate from the Advancement Department, parents support SMES through social, fundraising, and community engagement activities throughout the year. 

Types of Gifts

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  • Cash, Check or Credit Card Gifts

    Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card. To pay by credit card, click here. Checks should be made payable to St. Martin’s Episcopal School and mailed to:
    St. Martin’s Episcopal School
    Attn: Advancement Office
    3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road
    Atlanta, GA 30319
  • Gifts of Securities and Other Assets

    These types of gifts include non-cash contributions such as stocks and other appreciated assets, life insurance, and real estate. The most common is a gift appreciated stock which can provide significant tax savings for the donor. Please notify the Advancement Office of all stock transfers.  We kindly request you indicate the type of stock, number of shares and the intent of the donation. Below is the information needed to initiate a stock transfer with your broker:
    Account : St. Martin’s Episcopal School, Inc.
    Account Number: 7002-8625
    Schwab DTC #0164
    Code 40
    Corporate account

    For questions, please contact:
    Lauren Sims
    Director of Advancement

  • Matching Gifts

    Matching Gifts: Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. This is an excellent opportunity for donors to maximize their giving. To see if your company has a matching gift policy, please enter your employer’s name below.
  • Planned Giving

    What it is: A planned gift is any major gift made as part of a donor's financial or estate plan. You can donate via a trust, annuity, insurance policy or most commonly, a bequest. 

    What it provides: Depending on the size and designation of the gift, planned giving is for those who truly believe in giving back for the benefit of future generations of St. Martin's students. Planned giving donors automatically become members of our legacy giving club, The 1959 Society.

Office of Advancement

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  • Photo of Lauren Sims

    Lauren Sims 

    Director of Advancement
    University of Georgia - B.A.
  • Photo of Brandi Kottkamp

    Mrs. Brandi Kottkamp 

    Alumni & Special Events Coordinator
    University of Mississippi - BS
    Mercer University - MA

Giving Guide

2019-20 Annual Report

Special Events

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Advancement Brochure

St. Martin’s Episcopal School is a private day school for students in preschool through grade 8, located in Atlanta, GA. We are dedicated to providing a quality education of the whole person in a loving, Christian atmosphere, which fosters lifelong learning.