Culture and History of Philanthropy
St. John’s School was founded by a community of families and faculty who wanted to make a difference in the city of Houston. They knew that difference would begin with a great school aimed at preparing students for a lifetime of leadership and service. These community members gave selflessly of their time, abilities, and resources to make St. John’s what it is today.
In developing leaders for tomorrow, St. John’s is mindful of the fact that it exists because of the generosity of its founders and seeks to build upon that same spirit of philanthropy today. From the Lower School, where students participate in regular food drives, to the Upper School, where students lead service projects, raise money for disaster relief, and annually log more than 46,000 hours of community service, St. John’s instills the importance of giving back.
Students reflect a generous spirit because the adults in their lives model philanthropic behavior. More than nine out of every ten St. John’s parents and eight out of every ten St. John’s faculty members give back to the School through the Annual Fund. These gifts come on top of countless hours spent volunteering, tutoring, coaching, and mentoring. Simply put, philanthropy connects people to St. John’s in a deeper way and makes the community stronger.
Students sing the Alma Mater’s refrain: “as we tread thy storied cloisters, we’ll ever mindful be; of the place in selfless service, thy founders dreamt for thee.” You are invited to become a part of this culture of philanthropy through selfless service to St. John’s, the city, and the world.