The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree Annual Fund

You make North Florida School of Special Education’s (NFSSE) exceptional programs possible. The Annual Giving Tree Fund is NFSSE’s most important giving priority. Your participation is critical and reflects your belief in all that happens here.

The Giving Tree effort seeks to raise $175,000 and we are inviting all NFSSE families and community members to participate. Campaign gifts and pledge payments are due by May 31, 2019. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

The Giving Tree Fund is an essential part of our annual operating budget. Everything we do is focused on discovering and fostering each student’s unique abilities to reveal their highest potential. All funds raised through the Giving Tree will touch every part of the NFSSE experience.

Giving Tree gifts, large and small, provide the enhanced resources and programs that make each student’s education unique and powerful. And now, you can direct your gift to a particular area of NFSSE through the Giving Tree’s Family of Funds.

The Giving Tree North Florida School of Special Education

The Giving Tree Pledge

Family of Funds

Annual support of the Giving Tree Fund demonstrates the loyalty, commitment, and generous spirit of our North Florida School of Education community. To honor the interests of our donors, we have created the Giving Tree Family of Funds. Through these Funds, Giving Tree donors may choose to direct their annual giving donation to a particular area of the school’s operations that they find most personally meaningful (Areas of Greatest Need, Academics, Athletics & Therapies, Art & Music, Financial Assistance, The Scott Bledsoe Memorial Fund).

The Giving Tree Family of Funds supports our students and faculty through the school’s operating budget. Should designated contributions exceed a fund’s budgeted limit, the school will direct the funds to the Area of Greatest Need. To be a part of the Giving Tree, you may submit a pledge, make a donation online, give us a call at 904-724-8323, or email Kit Thomas at

Area of Greatest Need

When you direct funds to the Area of Greatest Need, your donation supports critical areas of the school’s operating budget and directly benefits our programs, resources, and faculty ensuring NFSSE’s continued excellence in its service to students and their families.


These gifts support our research-based curriculum as well as opportunities for our exceptional staff to expand their knowledge and professional development, leading to enhanced experiences for our students.

Athletics and Therapies

Donations directed here support our outstanding athletic program & therapies, including adaptive equipment, supplies, coaches and training which all help provide students with a wide variety of opportunities for physical and personal growth.

Art and Music

Our acclaimed programs in visual arts and music, including pottery, stain glass art, theater, film and dance benefit from gifts directed to Art and Music. These programs provide our talented fine arts teachers the resources to unlock each child’s creative expression.

Financial Assistance

Gifts support our commitment to enroll students who otherwise would not be able to be a part of our North Florida School of Special Education community.

The Scott Bledsoe Memorial Scholarship Fund

Students who embody the tenderness and compassion that former staff member, Scott Bledsoe, infused into every role he played at NFSSE benefit from gifts directed to this fund. Scott passed away in 2015 and the Scholarship Fund was established to celebrate the love that Scott poured into the lives of our students.

The Family Tree Circle Levels of Giving

Branches | $500 – $999
Limbs | $250 – $499
Leaves | $100 – $249
Roots | Up to $100

The Walking Tree Circle

Donors to the Walking Tree Circle are those who contribute $1,000 or more to the Giving Tree Annual Campaign and are recognized at the following levels:

The Great Oak | $25,000 or more
The Maple | $15,000 – $24,999
The Elm | $10,000 – $14,999
The Ash | $5,000 – $9,999
The Cedar | $2,500 – $4,999
The Evergreen | $1,000 – $2,499