Giving

A gift to ROBS is an investment in children learning how to build a better world. Lots of schools make this promise, but ROBS has a proven record (link to portrait of a graduate) of delivering on its mission. That’s why so many parents, grandparents, teachers, alumni, and even past parents say they support ROBS. Their generosity is both humbling and empowering.  

Revenue from tuition represents only 83 percent of the cost to operate the school. That means philanthropic gifts help cover the full cost of educating each and every student. In other words, ROBS is able to deliver a higher-value product to its students and families thanks to an amazingly generous community of friends.  

Like all independent schools, we depend on the generosity of our entire community to sustain and advance our mission. 


Opportunities to Support ROBS

Annual Giving

The cost to educate one student exceeds the tuition that each family pays. Gifts to the ROBS Annual Giving program help cover what tuition doesn’t. In fact, the yearly fundraising effort accounts for about 6 percent of the cost to operate the school for one year. Annual Giving allows us to maintain a best-in-class educational experience for a fraction of the cost. 

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Annual Giving Donor Levels

Cornerstone Society*+   $10,000 +
Head of School’s Circle*   $5,000-9,999
Faculty Advocates*   $2,500-4,999
Circle of Excellence   $1,500-2,499
ROBS Fellow   $1,000-1,499
ROBS Associate   up to $999
*Leadership level donors
+Cornerstone Society donors
Leadership level donors are invited to the Leadership Donor reception. Cornerstone Society level donors are invited to the Cornerstone Society dinner.

Campaign

The KIDS. LOVE. LEARNING. Capital Campaign reached its $65 million goal in 2018, allowing ROBS to carry out the largest expansion in the school’s history. We opened the Mosing Middle School Building, the Sarofim Leadership Center, and an underground parking garage in July 2020. Features of the expansion project included:

  • A new middle school building with learning communities for grades 5 – 8
  • A state-of-the-art rehearsal and performance space for choral and instrument instruction
  • A blue-box theater for drama productions
  • A graphics/robotics lab and maker space
  • Visual arts studios
  • Outdoor learning areas
  • A leadership center with a new main entrance and administrative offices
  • 150 more parking spaces 

 

Events

ROBS hosts one fundraising event during each school year–a sporting clays tournament on odd years and a gala celebration on even years. All event sponsorships, ticket sales, and auction revenue funnel into the endowment for ongoing programmatic support of the school. 

 

Gala

Every other year, we hold our Gala – a community-wide celebration. Money raised through the gala helps support program excellence at ROBS. Through underwriting donations, silent and live auctions, wine donations, and a tuition raffle, the Gala has raised nearly $7.3 million for our School.

Long before the event takes place, parents invest many hours of their time to make the gala a success. Dinner, dancing, lively discourse, and laughter fill the evening, which always seems to be over too soon.

Our 2020 Gala, IGNITE: Be the Spark, will be held in Spring 2021 (rescheduled from April 2020) at The Post Oak Hotel. Chaired by Lindsey & Hooman Amiralai and Debbie & Kent Chenevert, it is sure to be a wonderful evening.

2020 Auction Donors

2020 Underwriting Opportunities

2020 Gala Committee

 

Pull for the Future Sporting Clays

The ROBS biennial sporting clays event was held on May 13, 2019
at the Greater Houston Gun Club.  Thank you to our event chairs, Kara and Hank Hilliard, and all of our donors for their support. Check back for details on the 2021 sporting clays event.

Endowment

The endowment is like a savings account for the school. As the fund grows, the annual distribution to the operating budget increases. In addition to offsetting tuition costs, a strong endowment provides financial stability and long-term viability. 

The River Oaks Baptist School Endowment Fund (ROBSEF) is the largest endowment of any school of its kind in the Houston area. This means we will never have to compromise the excellence we have worked so hard to establish at ROBS. It allows us to provide your children with an extraordinary experience now, and it ensures we will continue to be outstanding, well, forever.

Contact Paige Martin, Director of Development, for more information.

A planned gift allows you to donate on your terms, during your lifetime or in your will, so you can make a significant contribution without affecting your current lifestyle. Those who have made planned gifts are named to our Legacy Society. Their generosity has enormously impacted our school, and we are eternally grateful for their dedication to our mission.

Contact Paige Martin, Director of Development, for more information.

For instructions on making stock gifts, please contact Lauren Turnham at lturnham@robs.org.

More than 500 companies will match employees’ contributions to ROBS. Many companies will match gifts 1:1; some will double or even triple employee contributions. Please obtain a matching gift form from the company’s personnel office, complete it, and send it to the ROBS development office. We will verify receipt of the gift and return the form to the company.

Contact Paige Martin, Director of Development, for more information.

By credit card

Make your gift here on our secure online giving page. ROBS accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa.

By check

Make check payable to River Oaks Baptist School and mail to:

River Oaks Baptist School
2300 Willowick
Houston, TX 77027
Development Office

For instructions on completing a wire transfer, please contact Lauren Turnham at lturnham@robs.org.

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