The Comprehensive Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas


ESD is extremely fortunate to have the support of families whose leadership and generosity will encourage others.  We are incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of our campaign co-chairs, Nita Clark and Suzanne McGee, and all of our volunteers. The forward-thinking philanthropy demonstrated by our volunteer leadership and our early donors is inspirational. Click here for Campaign Leadership and Constituent Teams.

On behalf of the entire community, thank you for your incredible efforts to ensure our gifted faculty and staff have the resources required to prepare our students for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. 

This is our Defining Decade. Together, we will make history.

Stories of Gratitude

The Rogers Family Gift Will Serve the Heart of the Lower School

As the designs are finalized for the new Lower School, The Episcopal School of Dallas is excited to reveal the Community Staircase made possible by a generous $2,000,000 gift from Maleiah and Ryan Rogers. 

"ESD's academic rigor, fused with daily worship in a co-ed environment, is exactly what we wanted for our daughter's education," said the Rogers. "We want ESD to continue to improve and attract the best faculty and students."

The staircase, which lies in the heart of the building, is much more than a simple thoroughfare. It is a unique, multi-use feature originating on the second floor. Here, the entire Lower School, Beginner through fourth grade and their teachers, can gather for a performance or presentation, and students may collaborate or work in groups of various sizes.

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Lovitt Family Gift Honors Impact of the ESD Education

The Episcopal School of Dallas is thankful to announce a gift by current and alumni parents Alexandra and Matt Lovitt. The Lovitt Family gift supports the building of the new Lower School on the Merrell Road Campus. The Lovitts also serve as parent volunteers for the campaign.

While fully prepared for academic and intellectual success, the Lovitts believe students who graduate from ESD gain much more. "ESD blends a faith-based education with a focus on the whole child," said Dr. Lovitt. "Young adults who graduate from ESD are well rounded, polite, well spoken, and well read."

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Lear Gift Fuels ESD's Ability to Ignite Lives of Purpose

The Episcopal School of Dallas is honored to announce a campaign contribution from Laura and Rick Lear, who also serve as the lead volunteers for the Lower School Parent Constituency Team. The Lear Family gift helps provide the capital necessary to build the new Lower School on the Merrell Road Campus.

“The experiences of our children inspired us to contribute our time and resources to this campaign,” said Rick Lear. “They are happy, confident, and well adjusted. They love learning and are surrounded and supported by the ESD community.”

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Gray Family Makes Lower School Gift to Demonstrate Support of Children, ESD Teachers, and the Future

The Episcopal School of Dallas is glad to announce a multi-year campaign gift by Lower School parents Christina and Greg Gray. The Gray Family gift helps fund the building of the new Lower School on the Merrell Road Campus.

"When we returned to Dallas from overseas, we were drawn to the ESD community and the School's excellent reputation," Greg Gray said. "We feel ESD is unique in being focused, yet balanced. ESD maintains its focus on rigorous academic standards and excellence while balancing a strong sense of community, faith-based education, the arts, and competitive athletics."

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Searcy Endowment "Pays It Forward" for Talented Students

The Episcopal School of Dallas is grateful to announce a generous gift from Ginny and Conner Searcy that will further fund the Searcy Family Endowed Scholarship. This fund provides tuition assistance for qualified students who would not otherwise be able to afford an ESD education.
"Both of our mothers were teachers who taught us the life changing impact of education as well as the importance of paying forward what others had done for us," Conner Searcy said of himself and his wife, Ginny. "We knew that once we were capable, we would we make this ideal a priority."
The Searcy family began the Searcy Scholar program in December 2009 to allow more students access to ESD's faith-based mission, focus on the family, and emphasis on the whole child. 

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Yandell Becomes First Alumnus to Establish Endowment

The Episcopal School of Dallas is proud to announce our first endowment fund established by an alumnus. Mr. Pitts Yandell ’87 and Mrs. Kelly Yandell have established the Yandell Family Endowment to make certain the education that Pitts received and their daughter, Lily Yandell ’21, is receiving continues in perpetuity.
“We believe that Lily, and the educators who are guiding her through this valuable period of her life, are utterly worth the investment,” explained Pitts Yandell, of his family’s decision to establish the endowment. “We enjoy knowing that the investment will outlive our family’s time at ESD and will serve the community long into the future, ensuring that the children who attend in the years to come will have access to the same caliber of instruction as Lily and I have enjoyed.”

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Newsom Family Gift Supports Commitment to Study of Religion and Social Justice

The​ ​Episcopal​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Dallas​ ​is​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​a​ ​new​ ​endowment​ ​fund established​ ​by​ ​Shannon​ ​and​ ​Andrew​ ​Newsom.​ ​The​ ​Newsom​ ​Family​ ​Gift​ ​is​ ​a​ ​designated fund ​designed to provide financial support for a speakers' program in Religious Life, addressing topics in the areas of religious and social thought, faith, and social justice.

"Our​ ​gift​ ​to​ ​ESD's​ ​endowment​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​major​ ​gift​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​made​ ​as​ ​a​ ​family," said​ ​Shannon​ ​Newsom.​ ​"We​ ​have​ ​supported​ ​our​ ​church​ ​and​ ​different​ ​nonprofits​ ​over the​ ​years,​ ​both​ ​personally​ ​and professionally through​ ​our​ ​family​ ​business​ ​Wisteria,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​have​ ​never made​ ​a​ ​focused,​ ​multi-year​ ​gift​ ​like​ ​the​ ​one​ ​we​ ​are​ ​making​ ​to​ ​ESD."

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We are grateful for the philanthropic leadership of the Perot Family whose $15 million gift to ESD's Lower School will serve our community for generations to come. Margot and Ross Perot Sr. with daughters and sons-in-law Suzanne and Patrick McGee, Nancy and Rod Jones, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen and Katherine and Eric Reeves each contributed $3 million. Read more here.


The anonymous donor will match every new or Annual Fund gift increase of $25 or more dollar for dollar, up to $5,000. 

Please click here to make your gift and go above and beyond today! 


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Lisa and Kenny Troutt generously donated $1.5 million for a facilities endowment that will ensure Troutt Fields remain ideal for our students and programs.

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