Give to what matters to you.

In 1922, a group of pioneering parents pooled their resources and raised $500,000 to underwrite the first five years of operation for John Burroughs School. As we prepare for our second century of learning and service, our community’s collective support is required again. Gifts toward our endowment, improvements to the Brauer Building, ongoing support of the Burroughs Annual Fund, and new bequests are all priorities for our Centennial Campaign. Your gift matters to Burroughs. Give to what matters most to you.

Why growing the Burroughs Endowment matters, and how you can help.

Donors often direct estate gifts to establish new or augment existing funds.

The first of our endowed scholarships were established in 1947, and the growth of our endowment has been a focus for every head of school since the 1960s. Currently, our endowment, including both restricted and unrestricted assets, is not yet of a value consistent with our peer institutions. For Burroughs to be more economically resilient, our endowment must grow.

Endowed funds are a perpetual source of investment income to support our operating budget, specific academic programs, tuition aid, and more. Approximately 10% of our annual operating revenue comes from investment income from endowed funds. Most of our endowment consists of permanently restricted funds — monies set aside for a particular purpose as directed by the donor. Because of restrictions, we cannot “borrow money” from our endowment.

You can endow virtually any aspect of our program, and you can direct your gift to honor a teacher, a family member, or a friend whose legacy you want to preserve forever. Endow what matters most to you.

Endowments of Peer Institutions

Westminster Schools, Atlanta GA
Belmont Hill School, Belmont, MA
MICDS, St. Louis, MO
Lovett School, Atlanta, GA
Winsor School, Boston, MA
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, CA
Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Burroughs, St. Louis, MO$70,072,607

*Based on median value of endowments at benchmark schools for the 2020-2021 school year as reported by INDEX.

Centennial Celebration Wall of Giving

Thank you to everyone who has supported Burroughs. Your gifts play a vital role in maintaining our commitments to academics, outreach, and service for students, faculty, and alumni — we’d love to hear what inspires to give back to Burroughs. Donor testimonials are posted on a weekly basis.

For more information about giving to our school, contact Ginger Imster at

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Nancy Sato
Class of 1971

Burroughs is like a family. My classmates love to get together, we support each other and we continue to learn from one another. We had an outstanding education with academic preparation, many diverse activities to engage in, several sports to participate in and many, many teachers to learn from.

Candice & James Muhammad
Parents of Ahmad '25 & Amir '27

A great education, coupled with a nurturing environment is invaluable … and that is EXACTLY what Burroughs is … We give because we want to help ensure that the opportunities our children are allowed to experience can and are able to be enjoyed by others.

Patrick & Rachel Wilkins
Parents of Hunter '16, Kate '18, Sarah '22, Hanah '22

John Burroughs is a very special place. A second home, a place for learning, loving, and growing. A place for long lasting friendships, challenges, and goal achievements. It has been a privilege to be a part of such an amazing community.

Brad and Heather Strahorn
Parents of Caroline '20, Ellie '22 & Cooper '26

We give back to Burroughs because it has given our family so much. It's been a tremendous experience for all three of our kids and we want to be able to help give the Burroughs experience to other families.

Andrew Barnell
Class of 2007

I give to Burroughs because of the three schools that I attended, I believe that Burroughs was the greatest contributor to my education and success. I feel that it is important for me to continue to contribute to Burroughs for others to have the same experience. I just really loved my time at JBS.