Thank you for your generous support of The Barstow School! Families choose Barstow for our innovative academics, varied extracurricular activities and inclusive community.
Alumni, families, faculty and friends of the school are part of a vibrant community that supports our mission "to promote sound scholarship and to give symmetrical development to mind, body and character." The Barstow Fund plays an important part in sustaining that mission.
Your generosity supports our ability to maintain small class sizes, attract and retain world-class teachers and create the innovative academic programs that make Barstow the area's top independent school.
Gifts of every amount help us provide the area's most innovative independent school education, while also allowing us to improve our State Line campus and add programs and spaces that enhance each student's daily experience.

The Barstow Fund

Erin Garrison, Board Advancement Chair 2023-2024

"Thank you for your generous contributions to The Barstow School. Your donations support our unparalleled education and personalized learning that has led to student success for 140 years. We appreciate your continued commitment to our mission."
Join us in supporting Roots of Remembrance: Enhancing Outdoor Spaces for Our Community. 
This campaign provides an opportunity for the Barstow community to honor or remember their loved ones by purchasing a tree, bench or picnic table that comes with a personalized plaque. It's also a unique way to celebrate milestone reunion years or any occasion worth celebrating.

By giving to this campaign, you not only commemorate cherished individuals or moments in time but also contribute to beautifying and enhancing our outdoor spaces for the benefit of all. Join us in honoring memories and enhancing community connections through the Roots of Remembrance campaign.
Your donation not only provides a tangible and enduring gift but also supports the community and enhances the function and beauty of our campus for students, faculty and visitors alike.

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  • Plaque

    Make your presence known on The Barstow School’s campus by purchasing a personalized plaque for one of our existing benches or trees. Whether you're an alum, a student or a community supporter, this is your chance to leave a lasting legacy.

    Donation: $1,000

    Special opportunities are available to faculty and staff. Please contact Jennifer Dreiling to learn more. 
  • Tree

    Donating a tree is a timeless way to support Barstow. Your donation will help beautify the campus and contribute to a greener future for generations to enjoy. Your tree will be a symbol of growth and longevity, mirroring our rich history.

    Donation: $2,000
  • Bench

    Support community spaces by donating a six-foot bench and leaving a lasting mark with a personalized plaque. These benches provide a place for reflection and relaxation, fostering community and connection.

    Donation: $4,000
  • Picnic Table

    Enhance communal gathering spots by donating an octagon picnic table with a personalized plaque. Your generous gift will contribute to our campus's functionality and create inviting areas for gatherings, strengthening the sense of community that thrives on our campus.

    Donation: $6,000
  • Flag Pole

    Join us in commemorating our campus pride and honoring our nation's flag by contributing to the dedication of our existing flag pole, which stands beautifully in our front circle. Your generous donation will include a personalized plaque secured to be displayed in front of the flag pole.

    Donation: $10,000 (one available) Sold
  • Open Air Shakespeare Theatre

    Help us to bring the magic of theatre outdoors! Donate to the landscaping project to transform our open air Shakespeare Theatre on the northeast side of campus, creating a beautiful backdrop for timeless performances and cultural enrichment.

    Donation: $12,000 (one available)
  • Lower School Playground Pavillion

    Support our students by contributing to the early childhood playground pavilion. Honor a loved one by dedicating this safe and vibrant space for children to learn, play and grow for years. Your gift includes a personalized plaque to be displayed at the peak of the pavilion for all to see.

    Donation: $15,000 (one available)
Limited plaques, trees, benches and tables are available. It may take 6-8 months for these tributes to be completed.

Save the Date

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  • Green & White Gala

    Celebrating 140 Years of The Barstow School in Kansas City
    Saturday, Oct. 19, 2024
    Fiorella's Event Center
    9000 W 137th Street, Overland Park, Kan.

    Tickets on sale in August.

Coming Up

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  • Aug

    Gala Gift Gathering

    For early childhood families. Meadowbrook Park Shelter 4, Prairie Village.
  • Aug

    Gala Gift Gathering

    For lower school families (grades 1-5). Chicken N Pickle, Overland Park.
  • Aug

    Gala Gift Gathering

    For middle and upper school families, at the Samartino home, Stillwell, Kan. 
  • Oct

    Green & White Gala

    Celebrating 140 years of The Barstow School.

Ways to Give

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  • Donate Online

    Use our simple and secure giving page to give by Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover.
  • Via Snail Mail

    Send a check payable to
    The Barstow School
    11511 State Line Rd
    Kansas City, MO 64114
  • Make a Pledge

    Call Jennifer Dreiling in the Advancement Office at 816-277-0433.
  • Matching Gift

    Use an employer's matching gift program.

  • Corporate Sponsorship

    Explore a variety of opportunities for corporate giving.
  • Donate Stocks & Securities

    You may be eligible for a charitable deduction.

  • Planned Giving

    Include Barstow in your estate plans.

  • Thank You

    Thank you for your generous support.

Giving Levels

Mind Body Character Society

$100,000 and up

1884 Founders Society
$25,000 to $99,999
Mary Louise Barstow Society
$10,000 to $24,999
Ada K. Brann Society
$5,000 to $9,999
Barstow Society
$1,500 to $4,999
Knights Society
$500 to $1,499
Green and White Society
Up to $499
Armillary Society
5+ consecutive years of giving


List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Why are gifts to The Barstow Fund important after I’ve already paid tuition?

    Your tax-deductible gift helps make up the difference between tuition revenue and the actual cost of running the school. This is critical because tuition covers about 80% of the cost of educating a child at Barstow. Your gift supports the school’s ability to maintain small class sizes, retain world-class faculty and bolster the programs and traditions that define the Barstow experience.
  • How much should I give to The Barstow Fund?

    All gifts of all sizes make a difference. We ask only that you make a gift that is meaningful to your family.
  • When do I need to make my gift?

    You can make your gift whenever it’s right for your family. All gifts must be received on or before June 30 to be included in the current fiscal year.
  • Is my gift tax deductible?

    Yes. One hundred percent of your gift to The Barstow Fund is tax deductible. The Barstow School is a nonprofit educational organization, a 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. A tax letter will be sent upon receiving your donation.
At Barstow we are
Driving Forward

2022–2023 Impact Report

Advancement Office

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  • Photo of Jennifer Dreiling

    Jennifer Dreiling 

    Vice President Advancement
  • Photo of Dan McNickle

    Dan McNickle 

    Executive Director Summer Programs & Extended Care, Community Relations and Barstow Fund Manager
    (816) 277-0428
  • Photo of Gena Munsch

    Gena Munsch 

    Advancement Administrative Assistant
    (816) 277-0422
  • Photo of Mary White

    Mary White 

    Advancement Events Coordinator
    (816) 277-0410
  • Photo of Lauren Kanan

    Lauren Kanan 15

    Alumni Director
    (816) 277-0414