Support University School

Sustaining University School of the Lowcountry is a community effort; interested businesses, foundations, families and individuals are invited to contribute through their time, their talents and their donations. Please contact us by phone (843-884-0902) or email at for more information on how you can become involved.

Online Donations / Annual Fund

We already have 100% parent and faculty/staff participation in the Annual Fund for 2014-2015! Credit card contributions are transmitted to University School via a secure web server provided by PayPal. Please click on the link below to make an online donation. On the PayPal page, just type "Annual Fund" in the description, enter the amount and then click Update.

By making a donation to University School, you visibly demonstrate your belief in USL's mission and your desire to support the school. Every contribution is greatly appreciated and truly makes a difference to University School's success. USL is incorporated as a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

Annual Auction

On Saturday February 7, 2015, University School will hold its Annual Auction at the Hobcaw Yacht Club. All members and supporters of the USL community are invited to join us for this event.

In the meantime, we need your support!  The fundraising efforts and auction proceeds play a critical role in sustaining USL’s mission and this is a community effort.  The USL student body has grown quickly, creating many needs to support our growth.  This year the auction proceeds will support our LOTC program, and we all understand the importance of this experience for our children, because the world is our classroom!

We will have fabulous food, great music and wonderful auction items! We are hoping that this will be our biggest auction ever!  We are asking that all USL families support USL in its fundraising efforts by soliciting or donating items for the auction.

Auction Items

We understand how busy daily life can be, but we are requesting that all USL families ask local businesses to donate goods, services or gift certificates. USL, through its many forms of service to the community, is an uplifting and positive presence.  Most businesses don't hesitate to make a contribution, in support of USL and its mission. Here is a flyer explaining sponsorship opportunities and guidance on soliciting items to support the Auction. 

The proceeds of the Annual Auction will support University School's mission. The Annual Auction depends on parents and friends to donate items. If you have an item you would like to donate, please download and complete a donation form. Donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

2014-2015 Annual Auction Donation Request Letter
2014-2015 Annual Auction Donation Form

We thank you for your support. Your generosity is crucial in helping USL carry out its mission to develop future leaders and serve as a positive force in the Lowcountry.

Support University School's 2014-2015 Annual Fund

Dear Friends of University School of the Lowcountry,

I have been honored with the duty of reaching out to you on behalf of our amazing kids and our incredible school. As many of you know (and some of you may not), our ability to keep tuition costs relatively low compared with other “comparable” school choices is our hope and expectation that we will make up any short fall with our Annual Fund Drive. This is consistent with national norms for schools of similar size, as indicated by data from the National Association of Independent Schools. I intentionally placed quotation marks around the word “comparable” because we all agree that there is actually nothing comparable to USL. That is why our own kids are here for the past two years, and that is why barely a day goes by that Ayala and I do not affirm to ourselves the unique and exceptional experience that USL offers our children and yours.

Being a bi-national and bilingual family ourselves, we have always tried to impress upon our boys the diverse nature of the global village we all share. Nothing furthers that end more than effectively communicating with a common language, and when we relate to friends, family, or acquaintances that our kids are learning Spanish, Latin and Mandarin, jaws inevitably drop.

The LOTC (“Learning Outside the Classroom”) experience, virtually unique to USL, is like nothing any of us experienced in our primary school education. When we proudly share this element of life at USL, we get universal offers for volunteer chaperones. The idea that learning is something we all do constantly, regardless of where we are, or in what circumstance we find ourselves, is something that Jason and the faculty both embrace and espouse. “Outside the box” is a term we use a lot these days. At USL this is taken literally, and it is this approach that allows our kids to not only excel academically, but mature into fine young adults right before our eyes, each in their own unique way, which can only be achieved with the type of teacher student ratios we can claim. In addition, the loyal attendance that we have come to expect at Mentor Night is testament to the legacy we are leaving in our alumni.

The love and untiring dedication that the USL faculty and staff demonstrate is nothing short of remarkable, and we are incredibly fortunate to have each and every one of them so committed to our kids. This is pointedly demonstrated by the fact that during the 2012- 2013 & 2013-2014 Annual Fund Drives, we had a faculty participation of 100% and a parent participation of over 85%, numbers we can all be proud of. But we can do even better. Our goal this year is to raise $35,000. We are asking each of you to contribute whatever you can, and to reach out to grandparents, friends, and benefactors. Your contribution is tax deductible and no contribution is too small.

We thank you in advance for your ongoing support in helping sustain USL and seeing it prosper and grow in the future, just like our kids.

Ram Kalus MD

Frequently Asked Questions about USL's Annual Fund


Volunteer Application Form

Support University School through Sally Foster purchases (enter code 962243). USL receives 40% of the purchase price.

Specific Needs

If you are interested in targeting a specific area of University School to support, please contact Jason Kreutner. The following are items that will enhance USL's ability to serve its mission and enhance the opportunities for our students and faculty.

Land or land w/building near center city core for permanent value

School Bus (Mini Bus-style seating 15-32, new or recent year)...$15,000-$50,000

1-Day Outdoor Challenge & Alpine Tower Experience ... $750

Enhanced opportunities in the arts...$500