Support Grace

Support Grace

Join the Grace Community School mission to teach Jesus

Our Community Is Engaged, Involved, and Generous.

We are fortunate to have an involved community, and we are indebted to our many supporters who make a financial investment into the school each year. Teaching Jesus to every child requires the support of the entire Grace community through your participation, gifts of time, and financial contributions.

At Grace, tuition and fees cover the cost of an education. Grace depends on the generosity of its board, faculty and staff, current parents, grandparents, alumni families and friends to help families afford a Grace education through the Grace Fund, special projects and campus expansion.

We invite you to support Grace in our many initiatives that help to make a difference in the life of every student.

Grace is not just a school to us, it is part of our family and always will be. We will forever be grateful for the sacrifices of those who give [to the Grace Fund] so that our kids can go to an awesome Christian school that teaches them Jesus!

Cistie Graham

Parent of GCS Students

Where can I make a difference?

Financial Aid

1 in 5 students receive financial aid through the Grace Fund.

Excited to help? Give now.

Greatest Need

Keeping students enrolled at Grace is our highest priority.

Donate now to help make it happen.

Other Projects

See something you want to invest in?

Ask for Tim at (903) 566-5678.

Other Projects

See something you want to invest in? Give Tim a call!

Campus Expansion

Why Give?


Whether you have already invested in Grace Community School or are considering investing, we think it’s important you know our philosophy of biblical stewardship.

God Owns it All

God has provided us with all of our time, wealth, possessions, abilities and resources. He owns everything. These resources are His gifts to us, which He will use to accomplish wonderful things for His Kingdom. (1 Chronicles 29:14)


Our Giving Is to God

Giving is a worshipful, obedient act of returning to God from what He has provided. (Philippians 4:17-18)

Our Giving Is a Reflection of What We Treasure

From God’s Kingdom view, our giving becomes a tool to further God’s work on earth. (Lk. 12:34, 1 Tim. 6:17-19)

We Are to Manage God's Resources

Since God owns everything, we are called to be managers or stewards of all that God entrusts to them, to honor and glorify Him. (1 Pt. 4:10, Lk. 16)

God Desires That We Give Cheerfully

While faithful stewardship is our responsibility, God desires that our giving would come from a heart motivated by joy. Our desire is to encourage people in their journey of stewardship, that they might discover or continue in the joy of giving. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Our Commitment to You

  • Rely on Scripture to guide our fundraising practices
  • Rely on the Holy Spirit to prompt hearts to give
  • View giving as an act of obedient worship to God
  • Invest time in building Kingdom relationships
  • Work with integrity in all we say and do
  • Listen to the hearts of our donors
  • Join together in prayer as partners in ministry
  • Value every gift, regardless of size
  • Communicate clearly and regularly with those in partnership with us
  • Vow to be effective stewards of the gifts entrusted to us by our ministry partners
  • Seek and value accountability

What Is Our Role?

The mission of Grace Community School’s Advancement Office is to build authentic partnerships that promote and inspire personal life transformation through biblical stewardship. We stand ready to assist you so that you can steward all God has entrusted to your care. Our purpose is to share opportunities and invite God’s people to invest in God’s Kingdom through the mission and vision of Grace Community School.

As a result of honoring God with a biblical approach to our giving and asking practices, we believe that in God’s time, He will supply all our needs.

“We have been so thankful over the years for the support to families like ours who could not send a child to Grace without financial aid. We believe God led us to choose Grace for our child.”

Dan & Rhonda Laverty

Parents of a GCS Student

Ways to Give


Gifts Anyone Can Make

Some gifts do not have to cost you anything today but support our mission in the future. These gifts include naming Grace Community School as a beneficiary of your:

  • Will or living trust
  • Qualified retirement plan (IRA, 403(b), 401(k), etc.)
  • Life insurance policy
  • Donor-advised fund

How It Works

  1. Name Grace Community School in your will, codicil to your will, living trust or as a beneficiary of your retirement plan, life insurance policy or donor-advised fund
  2. Designate your gift for a particular purpose that is important to you, or allow us to use the gift where the need is greatest at the time it matures
  3. Indicate a set amount, a percentage or the remaining balance to benefit our mission


  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime
  • You can modify your gift at any time to address changing circumstances
  • You can direct your gift to a particular purpose (be sure to check with us to make sure your gift can be used as intended)
  • Under current federal tax law there is no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable gifts
Cash, Check or Credit Cards
Donors may make gifts by cash, check or credit card.  You can make your donation online using our secure online giving form.  Cash may be dropped off at any school office.  Checks should be made payable to GCS and can be mailed to the Administrative Office:

3025 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75703

Make A Pledge
Use our simple form to make a pledge.  Reminders for your pledge will be sent in November and May.  It is most beneficial to the school if pledges are fulfilled prior to the end of our fiscal year, currently June 30.
Honorariums & Memorials
Many people choose to make a gift to charity in memory or honor of a loved one.  We are happy to help you honor someone through a gift to Grace Community School.  If you designate an honor gift, honorees will receive a letter telling them of your thoughtfulness.  Memorial gift letters will be sent to the family of the deceased, telling of the gift.  In both cases, the gift amount is not disclosed.  These gifts are also included in our annual publications.  To make an honor or memorial gift to Grace, visit our online giving form.
Other Gifts
Grace Community School has partnered with iDonate to accept all kinds of gifts.  In fact, Grace has recently accepted two vehicles – one non-running – and we were able to turn it into cash supporting students at Grace.  Check to see if your stuff may qualify.
Recurring Gifts
Recurring gifts are an easy way to make a big impact that works for your budget and schedule.  Visit our online giving form to make your gift.  Signing up for a recurring gift is a great way to help Grace by providing steady, reliable funding for students and faculty through a monthly, weekly, quarterly or annual gift to the School.
Give Stocks or Securities
If you contribute appreciated securities to Grace, you may receive a twofold income tax benefit: a charitable deduction for the present fair market value and avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation.  For instructions about how to make your gift, click here.  To donate securities, please use the following information:

Beneficiary: Grace Community School
Broker: SWS Financial
Ms. Debbie Todd
(903) 253-0225

To ensure proper credit in a timely fashion and receipt to the proper GCS account, please inform Tim Connor, Director of Advancement, when the stock transfer takes place.  Please include the name of the donor and type and number of shares to expect.

Matching Gifts
Does your company match charitable gifts?  Find out by visiting your human resource office for the correct form.  They may be able to help you double or triple the amount of your contribution!  If you have questions, please contact our offices for assistance.
Donor-Advised Funds
Grace welcomes donors to recommend grants from their donor-advised funds, also known as a DAF.  A donor-advised fund is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes.  Grace Community School is a registered 501c3 and an eligible recipient for most donor-advised funds.

Campus Expansion

Moving Forward

Over the last 40 years, we have grown our enrollment, invested in our teachers, integrated technology into our curriculum and carefully stewarded our finances. As we turn our focus to what comes next, we recognize that in order to succeed, we must build that future upon our foundation of tradition and biblical values.

This future is not simply about new buildings. It will be built upon keeping our tuition affordable; ensuring rich diversity within our student community; and providing what the school founders intended: an education rooted in Teaching Jesus that allows our teachers to identify each student’s unique gifts and talents and empower them to achieve what God intended.

Grace Community School is working on plans for a new middle school facility. As you know in the early 1990’s, Grace Community School experienced explosive growth, expanding beyond its borders. Grace moved its junior high classes, 6th through 8th grade into a 15-year-old building on University Boulevard. Now, the building is at the end of its usable life cycle; soil shifting and erosion issues are deteriorating the foundation to the point that the building will soon no longer be feasible for continued use as the junior high building.

In 2016, as Grace Community School leaders pondered these issues, God intervened in the form of an offer to purchase the property immediately adjoining the school, on the corner of Lazy Creek and University Boulevard. This property provides a creative and strategic new way for Grace to achieve its long-term strategic goals, as well as providing a functional, attractive space for what will be known as Grace Community Middle School.

Grace has entered in to an agreement to purchase that facility and property at the end of this school year. This will be part of an overall master plan on both upper and lower campuses that will finish out both campuses, and create an open, green campus feel on the upper campus.

We will be in a position to reveal more about these plans soon, as our master planning task force finishes its work. We will need everyone’s prayers and resources, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to make this a reality.

Campus Expansion Timeline

September 2016

The Executive Steering Committee met for the first time.  The following members were appointed:

  • Rebecca & Andy Brink
  • Jennifer Carson
  • Shannon & Chris Glenney
  • Mandy & Larry Powell
  • Whit Riter
  • Susan & Steve Smith

“…as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  The {person} who plants and the {person} who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to {their} own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”  1 Corinthians 3:5-9

Corporate Partnerships

Thanks to our Corporate Partners

Grace Community School appreciates our corporate sponsors who are investing in the lives of our next generation of community leaders.



Grace Community School is committed to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship with the business community as we prepare the next generation of community leaders.

There are numerous opportunities for corporate involvement with Grace.  Opportunities include financially supporting our award-winning fine arts programs, Cougar athletic event partnerships, sponsoring student events and activities, and visibility at event venues.  Partnership opportunities provide corporations a means to expand their community profile while accessing valuable benefits.

Interested in showing your support while also advertising your services to a highly coveted audience?

Please contact Tim Connor for more information.

Meet Our Team

Tim Connor

Tim Connor

Director of Advancement

Tim began his career at Grace in 2010 after a teaching career in Dallas and serving as head of school at a small school in Pennsylvania. In 2014, he became the director of advancement with oversight in admissions and capital improvements. In his spare time, Tim coaches seventh grade basketball. Tim received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree from Baptist Bible College in Organizational Leadership. He is also a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Tim and his wife, Julie, have two children at Grace: Kelsey and Jackson. Tim loves people, encouraging generosity, and serving at Grace Community Church and other local non-profits.

Courtney Mayfield

Courtney Mayfield

Director of Development

Courtney joined Grace Community School in February 2018 as the Director of Development. Prior to her work at Grace Community School, she worked for the East Texas Medical Center Foundation for more than five years. Prior to ETMC, she worked in Dallas for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and for local cancer social and emotional support nonprofit, then called Gilda’s Club North Texas. She earned her bachelor’s in Communication with a minor in Business at Texas A&M University. Courtney and her husband, Will, have two young children. The older one attends Grace Community School and the younger one will begin Junior Kindergarten in 2019. The Mayfields are members of Grace Community Church.

Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly

Advancement Assistant/Campaign Coordinator

Susan Kelly has worked as an administrative assistant to the Advancement Department at Grace since 2012, assuming the additional role of Campaign Coordinator in 2016.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler.  Susan and her husband, Todd, have two sons at Grace.


Q. Why give to Grace Community School?
Grace Community School is committed to Teaching Jesus to students in East Texas, affecting your community, and our world.  Tuition and fees cover the cost of an education at Grace.  Financial gifts to the school help families within our community afford a Grace education.  Since Grace does not receive federal subsidies, financial gifts also provide for campus expansion and other special projects.
Q. How do I make my gift?
The quickest way would be to use our secure online giving form. For other ways to make a gift, please see our Ways to Give page.  Grace is able to process almost any gift from cash to cars.
Q. What size gift should I make, and when should I make it?
A gift of any size makes a difference to Grace Community School. It is the collective power of these gifts that supports our program and also resonates as a vote of confidence in the work our faculty and staff does with our students each and every day.

The funding schedule for the Grace Fund coincides with Grace’s fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30.   Your annual gift made during this time frame is appreciated.

Q. Can I designate my gift to a specific part of the school?
Yes!  While our priority is funding financial aid through the Grace Fund, gifts can be designated to other areas including athletics, fine arts, and specific programs.  Our online giving form has a place for this designation or you can make a note of this on the memo section of your check.
Q. Is my gift tax-deductible?
Yes! Any gift to Grace Community School, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, may be tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. We will send a gift receipt upon receipt of your gift.  In addition, in January of the following year of your gift, we will send you a cumulative giving report so that you have documentation for your records.
Q. What are matching gifts?
Many companies will match your contribution as an employee/spouse, thereby doubling your gift to Grace Community School – some companies will match at an even higher rate. Check with your human resource office for the correct form.  If you have questions, please contact our offices for assistance.
Q. Can the school accept gifts other than cash?
Yes!  Grace has partnered with iDonate to accept all kinds of gifts.  In fact, within the last year Grace has accepted two vehicles – one non-running – and we were able to turn it into cash supporting students at Grace.  Check to see if your stuff may qualify.  If it does, then you can make your donation here.