Summit’s independence as a public charter school is what allows us to be the vibrant and tuition-free school we are, but our self-governance comes with a price. While we have tremendous creativity and flexibility in our curriculum, we receive significantly less government funding per student than a traditional public school (~25% less) and zero funding for capital improvements. We rely on private funding on an annual basis to fully fund the critical needs of our school children, faculty and staff, and facilities. 

By choosing to donate to Summit today, you will help us sustain the unique qualities of a Summit education and have a purposeful  impact on the life of a student. Thank you in advance for believing in our school and community!

Ways To Give

Summit's model of education brings immense value to the lives of our students—a level of impact made possible by the continued support of our community, family, and alumni donors through our annual giving campaigns.

There are many ways to make a charitable contribution to our school. Each gift option has tax benefits to the donor as the Summit Charter School Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization under Federal Tax ID 56-2039872. Below we summarize the variety of funds and events you can be a part of, as well as the types of gifts we receive.

 If you have questions about making gifts of any kind to the Summit Charter School Foundation, volunteering or participating in other ways, please call or write:

Summit Charter School Foundation
Attn: Melissa Hudson
P.O. Box 2493
Cashiers, NC 28717
828-743-5755 X 251Email

Annual Giving

Small class sizes, field excursions, lego robotics, exceptional educators, advanced curricula, expansive facilities - they truly make a difference in our children’s success. In this section, you'll find many ways in which parents, grandparents, and community members can participate in the ongoing support of these programs and our children through financial commitments on an annual basis. 


Donations to the Family Fund come from our Summit parents, grandparents, and family businesses to help Summit bridge the gap between what we receive from the government and the actual cost of educating a student. Each year a Family Fund committee is formalized and creates a fun grade-by-grade fundraising contest. A letter from our Head of School Kurt Pusch and this year's giving levels can be viewed here. If you are ready to invest in your children's education by donating now, please mail a check or click here.


Donations to the Annual Fund come from community members, private foundations, and alumni. These gifts further strengthen our ability to fully fund the vital needs of our students, educators, and facilities. Gifts to the Annual Fund have an immediate and positive impact on our school's annual budgeted needs and ensures our school children receive the education they deserve. If you are ready to have a purposeful impact on the live of a student, please click here to make a 100% tax-deductible gift. 

Cashiers Festival of Trees

In November 2021, the Summit Charter School Foundation will introduce a new signature fundraising event, the Cashiers Festival of Trees.


Cashiers Festival of Trees is a multi-day, family-friendly event during Thanksgiving weekend where guests bid on decorated trees and holiday décor, enjoy a wide variety of holiday performances, create personalized children’s crafts, celebrate literacy on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Storytime Stage, and shop one-of-a-kind gifts in the Gift Zone.


The Festival will take place on Friday, November 26 – Saturday, November 27, 2021, at the Summit Center, the athletics and fine arts facility at Summit Charter School. 

While raising money for the school is the primary focus of the event, the SCS Foundation has decided to spread the holiday spirit of giving: when a non-profit decorates a tree or wreath, 20% of the item’s sale will go BACK to the participating non-profit, creating a collaborative initiative to benefit our fellow charities and their worthy causes. Supporting our entire community is very important to our cause and the school’s overall mission.

Learn more on the official Cashiers Festival of Trees website by clicking here.

Or click here to purchase tickets or register to bid today!


Facilities Endowment and Planned Giving

JERRY JOHNSON LEGACY FUND: In October 2019, our Summit family lost a beloved member of its school community: Gerald “Jerry” Johnson. Jerry was a Summit Charter School Foundation board member and a grandparent. He was a fierce champion of Summit and had a tremendous impact on the school. The Jerry Johnson Legacy Fund has been formed in his memory, with all gifts restricted to maintaining school facilities in the future. This is a first step to ensuring a future of enduring vitality for Summit in addition to securing fiscal stability. 


PLANNED GIVING is another way to ensure your support of Summit and is an important part of your estate planning. By including Summit in your estate plan, you make a statement of your confidence in our school. This is a very powerful way to ensure our future strength.


If you would like to contribute a future gift through a trust, life insurance, gift annuities, or a provision in a will, please contact or 828-743-5755 ext. 251.

Support Summit While You Shop!

Make a difference by earning free money for Summit when you do your regular shopping! Box Tops for Education, Ingles Tools for Schools and Amazon Smile are three programs that add cash to our operating budget. Click on the logos below to learn more about each program. 



Summit embraces and encourages involvement from the community at large.

Here are the wonderful organizations that partnered with the school in 2020-21.*

*Summit just released a new website and the below list in in the process of being updated. Please visit our website on October 15 for an updated list.

A Jones Company
A.L. Williams Jr., Family Foundation
Acadia Northstar
America's Mattress
Appalachain Harvest
Bunny Bites Carrot Cakes
Burlingame Country Club
Camp Merrie-Woode
Canyon Kitchen
Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce
Cashiers Community Fund
Cashiers Family Dental
Cashiers Farmers Market
Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department
Cashiers Valley Fusion
Cedar Creek Racquet Club
Colonel Mustards
Consignment Market
Cornucopia Cheese Shop
Coward, Hicks & Siler
Crossroads Chronicle
Cullasaja Club of Highlands
Cullasaja Women's Outreach
Dark Cove Cheese
Ellen's Lovely Lady Accessories
Fiddlehead Designs
Francie Hargrove
Frank Vickery Pottery
Fressers Eatery
High Hampton
Highlands Falls
Highlands Playhouse
Kilwin's Chocolate
Macon Bank
Macon Printing
Monday's House of Design

Mountain Dog Day Spa
Mountain Home Management
Mountain Youth Charities
Mountaintop Golf & Lake Club
Nearly New Fine Furniture Consignment
Nectar Juice Bar
Old Edwards Club
Old Edwards Inn and Spa
Professional Party Rentals
Robin's Nest
Ruka's Table
Satulah Mountain Brewing Company
Scotlyn's Yard Nursery
Shore House Furniture
Signal Ridge Marina
Slab Town Pizza
Smitten of Highlands
Subway of Cashiers
Table 64
The Candy Bar
The Church of the Good Shepherd
The Cork and Barrel Lounge
The Corner Store
The Country Club of Sapphire Valley
The Laurel Magazine
The Lost Hiker
The Orchard
The Toy Store- Highlands
The Ugly Dog Pub & Dog House Café
Trillium Links & Lake Club
United Community Bank
Valentine's Photo Studio
Wade Hampton
Wade Hampton Donor Advised Fund
Webb Insurance
Wild Thyme Café, Cashiers
Wildcat Cliffs
Woo Skincare & Cosmetics

The Different Types Of Gifts We Accept


Gifts of Cash

The majority of gifts received to the Summit Charter School Foundation are in the form of cash contributions for which donors, depending on their individual financial circumstances, may receive tax benefits. The school may put gifts of cash to immediate use for programs, endowments, and projects.

To make a monetary gift, you may contact the Foundation directly or donate online in secure transactions via PayPal. You will receive a receipt of your transaction instantly.