Holy Comforter Episcopal School
Contact Information
Telephone (850) 383 1007
Fax 850 383-1021
E-mail hwilbourn@holy-comforter.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization https://www.holy-comforter.org/support?rc=1
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Holy Comforter
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3325917
Year of Incorporation 1955
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $5,873,165.54
Projected Expenses $5,268,964.13
Mission Statement

Holy Comforter Episcopal School believes each child is a unique creation of God.  Our mission is to nourish the spirit, challenge the mind, and strengthen the body in a Christian environment, encouraging each child to achieve his or her maximum potential as a contributing member of society.

Needs Statement
1. Our school needs an endowment to relieve the burden of being a 100% tuition driven institution. The National Association of Independent Schools states that a healthy endowment for a school should be 2 1/2 times  its annual budget; in our case, that would be $12.5M dollars.
2. We would like to be able to provide more tuition assistance to deserving students, more professional development for our teachers and stay ahead of the technology curve.
3. Our next capital campaign will most likely focus on a student cafeteria space and performing arts space.
4. Our Crusader Fund is our annual fund will supplements our annual budget as well as provides our teachers will additional classrooms enhancements and technology. We would like to grow this fund to raise at least $250,000 every year.
5. Our annual events need sponsors every year. Our GALA auction raises money for our capital projects as well as our Head of School's special projects fund. In 2013, the special project was to fund additional security for the school in the wake of national events. Our annual golf tournament supports our athletic department. New in 2013, our lecture series focuses on bringing experts in their field to our campus for a community wide free lecture that will cover a wide array of topics. Sponsors are needed for this series to fund the event to keep it free to the public.
Impact Statement
1. 2013 Accomplishments
  • Launching a new brand into the community
  • Receiving the Apple Distinguished Program Award - good until 2015
  • Implementing the iEducate(TM) program (one to one program in 6th - 8th grades)
  • Opening the Knight STEM Building (only one of it's kind in the area)
  • Starting a community wide lecture series and STEM Saturday event
2. 2014 Goals
  • Providing more professional development for faculty 
  • Increase enrollment and retention
  • Examine master campus plan and strategize next capital campaign
Background Statement
   In the spring of 1955, Father Frank Pisani arrived fresh out of seminary to serve the fledgling Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. In one of his first initiatives, he proposed that the parish, barely two years old, provide a kindergarten to the Tallahassee community. "The kindergarten" he envisioned, "is designed to meet a need in Christian and secular education. We will open and close each day with brief devotions and children will be familiarized with Biblical stories. Christian teaching will assume its place in the curriculum. All devotionals and religious teaching will be purely on an inter-denominational basis."
   Thus, Holy Comforter Episcopal School opened in the fall of 1955 with 25 kindergarten students and one teacher in the basement of the parish on Miccossukee Road. The following year, classroom construction began and in 1957 a 4-year old nursery school was added. Between 1974-1979 the school expanded to offer pre-K through 5th grades. During this time, Dr. Hamilton Fuller, the first head of school was hired, serving from 1977-1983. He was followed by Mrs. Jane Mooney (1983-1993) and then by Dr. Barbara Hodges (1993-2010). In 1995, our parents and students expressed a desire for a middle school, 6th through 8th grade.
   Increased demand for Lower School space also brought the strong message that we needed to enlarge our school facilities. With Lower School enrollment at 283 students, prospective students who could benefit from the school's unique ministry were being turned away. Both the parish and the school decided to relocate and purchased property on Fleischmann Road. The Middle School was established on the new campus in 1997, and the Lower School began relocation as new buildings were completed, with a student enrollment of 453. With the growth of the school, both the Vestry and the School's Board of Directors recognized a need for the School to become more independent, and in 2001 Holy Comforter Episcopal School became a separate not-for-profit corporation.
   In 2002, the entire school body moved to our beautiful new campus. The new church building was consecrated in the fall of 2005. Our multi purpose Student Center was opened in 2007 and has quickly become the center of campus activities. In Fall 2010, six new tennis courts will be constructed for athletic, physical education and recreational use. The 2005-06 school year marked our 50th anniversary with an enrollment of 635, celebrating the tradition of a quality education in a Christian environment in order to nourish the spirit, challenge the mind, and strengthen the body of each of our students.
Service Categories
Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Our students come from all over Tallahassee, Leon County and surrounding counties in North Florida and South Georgia. Our heaviest concentration of students live in the Tallahassee zip codes of 32308, 32309, 32311, and 32312.
Description The middle school years for any student are a time of dynamic growth and change. Holy Comforter Episcopal School's mission to serve children mind, body, and spirit continues in the Middle School where faculty and staff strive to meet the needs of these students with a broad array of programming. There is a rigorous academic program in the core curricular areas as well as, opportunities for instruction in three foreign languages (Spanish, French, and Latin), art, band, chorus, physical education, technology, musical theatre, and study skills. Advanced math, science, and foreign language classes provide opportunities for earning high school credits.
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program Success Monitored By Accreditation evaluations, teacher evaluations, test scores, parent and student feedback
Description Lower School
Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program Success Monitored By TBA

Holy Comforter Preschool is a fun, inviting atmosphere that fosters learning and playing in a safe and loving environment. Children are encouraged to explore and engage in many activities that promote cognitive, social and emotional development. Upon entering the classrooms, you will find happy, energetic children whose development is facilitated by highly experienced teachers who are dedicated to providing the children with a developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum. Classrooms are filled with hands-on activities that encourage the children to explore and manipulate with a variety of learning materials that make the experiences meaningful to them.

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Program Success Monitored By Accreditation practices, teacher evaluations, parent feedback

iEducate began in January 2011 as a technology initiative formed to create a road map for 21st century learning. The mission of iEducate is to engage students in learning, enrich the classroom environment, and empower every learner with the tools necessary to be productive citizens in the 21stcentury. Our newly adopted STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program is supported by the iEducate initiative and furthers our school’s desire to equip our students with the skills needed to become productive members of our global society.

 The iEducate initiative and our STEM program are focused and concerted efforts to integrate 21st century skills into the daily classroom experiences of our students. Our goal is to ensure that what children learn at HCES will prepare them for participation in the complex, digital, global and highly interconnected society they will encounter and equip them to lead it.

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Program Success Monitored By TBA

At Holy Comforter Episcopal School we offer quality care for our students that extends beyond the traditional school hours.  Two separate programs make up our extended day system.


Alpha -Before school program for PK-8th

Omega -K through 8th after school program



Alpha is an Extended Day program at Holy Comforter Episcopal School for all currently enrolled PK3 through 8th grade students. Alpha is intended to provide a safe environment for students whose situation requires an early drop off to school. Beginning at 7:30 a.m., parents can drop off their children at school for supervised play in grades PreK 3 through 5th and study hall for middle school students.




The after school program, Omega, provides continued care and enrichment for students after traditional school hours. The program begins at dismissal time with student check-in and snack.  All Omega participates have the option to stay as late as 6:00 PM.  The program is divided according to grade levels.


The Omega program carries out our school’s mission to nourish the spirit, challenge the mind, and strengthen the body by implementing an innovative curriculum that strives to meet the needs of the students served.  Each of the grade-level groups follow a specific daily schedule that includes a variety of developmentally appropriate activities.  The younger children participate in activities such as arts & crafts, circle time activities, creative play, centers, and outdoor play.  The schedules for the older students include homework rooms, outdoor activities, art, and indoor games.


The program strives to offer a wide variety of options to ensure that the curriculum remains exciting, challenging, and fun for the students.  To assist in this effort, the program contracts with outside businesses/individuals to provide additional classes for the students including Chinese classes, High Touch High Tech, LEGO League Robotics, LEGO WeDo Robotics, Mason’s Music and Titus Sports Academy.    

Category Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program Success Monitored By TBA
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Stuart K. Brown
Company Affiliation SKB Consultanting Group, Inc.
Term July 2011 to June 2014
Board Members
Dr. Carlos E. Campo Tallahassee Pulmonary Clinic
Mr. Robert Shawn Coughlin Florida State University
Dr. Jimmie Davis The MITRE Corporation
Mr. Allen D. Durham Star and Shield Group
Mr. David Fonvielle Fonvielle, Lewis, Foote and Messer
Mrs. Cay C. Ford Community Volunteer
Mr. James Gustafson Searcy Denny Scarola Barnhart et al
Mrs. Mallory Harrell Community Volunteer
Ms. Amy L. Johnson State Library of Florida
Mr. John C. Kenny The Law Offices of John C. Kenny
Mr. Peter Klekamp Holy Comforter Episcopal School
Mr. Robert G. Knight GradImages
Mr. Jim Maddox retired
Mr. Wayne Makin Parish Senior Warden
Mr. Joseph McCann Ballard Partners
Mr. Richard Paul Mitchell Southern Strategy
Rev. Ted Monica Holy Comforter Episcopal Church
Mrs. Mary Kay Owens Southeastern Consultants Inc
Mrs. Katie Proctor Prime Meridian Bank
Mr. Mike Rayboun Rayboun Mulligan
Mrs. Ruth Roaza community Volunteer
Mrs. Mara Rumana Parent Association President
Mr. John (Jay) B. Smith Ajax Building Corporation
Dr. Joseph Soto Tallahassee Ear, Nose and Throat
Ms. Jackie Watts Watts Mechanical
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 17
Female 8
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Fine Arts and Collectibles
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Employment Practices Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Peter Klekamp
Term Start July 2011
Email pklekamp@holy-comforter.org
Former CEOs
Dr. Barbara Hodges July 1993 - June 2010
Senior Staff
Title Lower School Head
Title Middle School Head
Title Director of Finance and Operations
Title Pre-School Director
Title Director of Technology
Title Director of Institutional Advancement
Title Director of Admissions
Title Director of Human Resources
Full Time Staff 69
Part Time Staff 17
Volunteers 250
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 97%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2012
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Board of Regence2013
Southern Association of Independent Schools, Inc2013
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2013
Florida High School Athletic Association2013
National Association of Independent Schools2013
External Assessment and Accreditations
Florida Council of Independent Schools2013
Florida Kindergarten Council2013
National Association of Independent Schools2013
Distinguished School AwardApple2014
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $5,873,165.54
Projected Expenses $5,268,964.13
Endowment Value $315,895.36
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$56,449,965$5,370,684$5,154,503
Administration Expense$435,062$550,776$327,995
Fundraising Expense$49,677$48,556$56,614
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.081.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses921%90%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$17,482,901$18,215,084$16,634,529
Current Assets$3,619,887$4,418,739$5,164,749
Long-Term Liabilities$3,269,000$3,097,039$3,298,103
Current Liabilities$2,072,591$2,640,510$1,905,490
Total Net Assets$12,141,310$12,477,535$11,430,936
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.751.672.71
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets19%17%20%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Last Capital Campaign ended in 2012 with the completion of the Knight STEM Building, addition of 6 tennis courts and additional land acquisition.
Goal $3,625,000.00
Dates Sept 2007 to May 2012
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Organization Comments The most current financial statement provided (YE 6-30-12 and YE 6-30-13) are audited.  The years prior to that are reviews.  It is our policy going forward to have our financial statements audited annually.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the reviews/audit
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit. 
  • Top 3 funding sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the reviews/audit
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Holy Comforter Episcopal School
TALLAHASSEE , FL 323080561
Primary Phone 850 383 1007
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Peter Klekamp
Board Chair Mr. Stuart K. Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation SKB Consultanting Group, Inc.
Year of Incorporation 1955