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Tampa Prep continues to grow stronger every year because of the incredible support we receive from our current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, and friends. We appreciate the contributions of time, talent, and treasure. We are fortunate to be able to offer greater opportunities to our students and faculty because of your loyal support.

If you are interested in more information about Capital Projects, Endowment, Gifts of Securities or Planned giving, please contact Susan Depatie at (813) 251-8481 ext. 4007.

These are the ways you can make Tampa Prep a philanthropic priority:


To ensure that facilities are commensurate with the high level of programs offered, the School must continue to make capital investments in facilities and equipment. Our largest campaign to date, Building a Legacy, made it possible for Tampa Prep to build the existing campus on Cass Street.

In recent years, the School has completed two successful mini campaigns to raise funds for building improvements, beginning in 2012 with The Center Project. This campaign transformed the courtyard and Smith Black Box Theater lobby into a 4,000 sq. ft, technologically advanced dining and gathering space known as the Student Center. The space is the main dining area with an improved food distribution facility and a shaded outdoor area. The second part of this initiative transformed the previous lunchroom area on the third floor into a wing housing College Counseling, STEM and Robotics labs and a Technology Support room.

Updates continued in 2013 with Impact Now, a campaign to transform all Middle School classrooms at Prep into Active Learning Environments (ALEs). These customizable spaces feature 3LCD touch-enabled interactive projectors, green screens, custom sound systems, amplification systems and ergonomic, flexible furniture. The physical changes, in combination with programmatic and curricular changes inspired by the School’s Strategic Plan, work to enhance student engagement and student acquisition of vital 21st learning skills such as problem solving and collaboration. Current capital endeavors are focused on continuing to enhance our facilities to meet future needs.

Capital gifts and pledges are considered an investment in Tampa Prep’s future. Bequests and planned gifts are also encouraged to ensure the future health and long-term prosperity of Tampa Preparatory School.


Tampa Prep’s endowment, like endowments at most independent schools, is a collection of various restricted and unrestricted funds. While individuals and organizations establish named endowments through sizable initial gifts, the funds may also grow through smaller, ongoing gifts from other supporters of the School. If you would like to make a contribution to an existing fund or establish a new one, please contact us.

Tampa Prep’s endowment funds provide financial assistance to qualifying students, support faculty salaries and professional development, and sustain curriculum and facilities.The following endowment funds provide support for professional development and faculty salaries:

The Sigety Family Academic Chair
An endowment fund established using funds donated by the Sigety Family Foundation to create one or more Faculty Chairs. Faculty award recipients receive a stipend additional to their salary, to be used at their discretion, in pursuit of professional development and educational opportunities, or to benefit the School in general.

Susanna F. Grady Curriculum Research Development Fund
This fund, created in honor of former Head of School Susanna F. Grady, supports faculty initiatives to develop innovative curricular projects during the summer months. Faculty apply for funds and grants are awarded annually by vote of the Curriculum Committee. 

Endowment for Excellence
This endowment supports faculty professional development opportunities.

The Glenn C. Vaughn Fund for Language Study and Cultural Exchange
This fund supports grants, awards or stipends for materials, programs or projects that stimulate enthusiasm for foreign language and cultural exchange.

The following endowment funds are for the purpose of tuition assistance:

Tampa Prep Alumni Financial Assistance Fund
Established by the Tampa Prep Alumni Association Board in 2005, this fund when fully funded will support need-based financial aid.

Whiting Family Scholarship Fund
These funds support need-based financial aid for Academy Prep graduates who attend Tampa Prep.

D. Gordon MacLeod Endowment Fund
In keeping with the School’s Mission and commitment to creating a socio-economically diverse student population, and to honor former Head of School Gordon MacLeod, this fund is to provide additional tuition assistance to middle income families who qualify for need-based grants as determined by the School’s Financial Aid decision process.

William J. Angell II Scholarship
Tuition assistance is provided for an African-American continuing student in his or her junior year.

Francis J. (Jack) Thompson Scholarship
Provides financial assistance to an outstanding English student in his or her sophomore or junior year.

L. Laird Davis Scholarship
Financial aid is provided to an outstanding student leader in his or her sophomore or junior year.

Stephen P. Adams '82 Award
This financial award is presented annually in honor of Stephen P. Adams, Class of '82, to a student who exemplifies his qualities of caring, school spirit and involvement in school activities.


A gift of appreciated securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares) is frequently the most economical way to make a gift. Your broker/financial advisor may electronically transfer ownership of the securities to Tampa Preparatory School's account at Morgan Stanley. Please notify, or have your broker/financial advisor notify, Susan Depatie when you initiate the transfer.

Give your broker the following information:

Title of Account: Tampa Preparatory School
Tampa Prep’s Account Number:  745-039047
DTC Number:  0015

Our financial advisor at Morgan Stanley is James Fernandez. His contact information is as follows:

James A. Fernandez
Vice President - Wealth Management
Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley
100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 3000
Tampa, FL  33602
813-227-2070 (fax)

Alternate contact is René McGuire, Registered Associate, 813-227-2056,


Many companies offer a matching gift program to their employees as an added benefit. If your company has a matching gift benefit it could double or even triple your gift to Tampa Prep. Companies have various methods by which employees can earmark money for the organization of their choice. Contact your company's human resources officer or web site to find out what your options are.


Gifts made as part of your overall financial plan – which often benefit you now and Tampa Prep later – are known as 'planned gifts.' Planned giving allows you to provide future support for the areas and programs at Tampa Prep that are of most interest to you – and often make a larger gift than you might have thought possible.

Planned gifts offer the following benefits:
  • Provide lifetime income for you and, if you wish, another beneficiary
  • Give you a substantial federal income-tax charitable deduction
  • Enable you to turn low-yielding assets into a higher income stream
  • Reduce or eliminate taxes on capital gains
  • Eliminate or reduce federal estate taxes
Ultimately they provide a meaningful gift to Prep and membership in the School's planned giving society, which honors all those who have made a bequest or other planned gift for Prep.

Tampa Prep offers a variety of rewarding planned-giving options, including:
  • Bequests
  • Gift of Life Insurance
  • Ways to Receive Income From a Gift
  • Other Planned Giving Options
Contact your tax professional for help in determining the best charitable gift for your situation.

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