“Tuition alone doesn’t cover the annual operating budget of the school, so the money raised by the Annual Fund is crucial to keep programs like experiential trips, assemblies, and other special activities to enrich the students’ experience” said Acting Head of School Lauri Kober. “I am so proud of our community and the way it has come together to support this cause.”
Donors included current families, faculty, trustees, alumni and alumni families, relatives and friends.
“I donated, because it was the right thing to do. The school needs all the support it can get, and I was fortunate enough to be able to donate,” said Director of Counseling Mary Stadler, who was instrumental in getting 100% participation from the staff this year. “It’s important for us to show other possible donors that [the faculty is] on board with the school’s goals and that we fully support Stanbridge.”
The Board of Trustees and two out of three divisions also reached 100% participation this year.
Additionally, a significant portion of donations came from corporate matching.
“Some—typically larger—companies have special benefits for their employees that include programs whereby they seek to be philanthropic for tax as well as for social reasons. In these instances, the companies match up to certain amounts or percentages of the donations made by their employees to non-profits,” said Board Member and Annual Fund Chair Gloria Principe. “The school is grateful for these matches and endeavors to encourage parents and other donors who have this opportunity to take advantage of it. This year we earned a likely record amount of corporate matches, money the school cannot get without the help of its donors.”
Google, Gap, Goldman Sachs, PG&E, and Morgan Stanley were among the companies that doubled their employee’s donations.
None of this could have been possible without the hard work of Gloria and her team of parent solicitors.
“Stanbridge Academy was like a life ring buoy for my son drowning in the public school system. He was underperforming compared to his abilities, but the public school was ill-equipped to bring his academic skills to the surface. He has blossomed at Stanbridge and built self-confidence,” said Linda Neuman, a junior high parent who participated as a parent solicitor this year. “In short, there are few schools like Stanbridge that cater to twice exceptional kids, so I strongly believe in supporting them in their efforts to help our children achieve their true potential.”
Parent solicitors were involved throughout the campaign from stuffing envelopes for the initial mailing to the Giving Tuesday Phone-A-Thon and Pledge Week.
“The money raised primarily benefits the current students and—by consequence—the current parents,” said Gloria. "That's why I strongly believe that the current parent component of the Annual Fund should be led by a team of current parents.”
Although the largest percentage of donations came from current parents, nearly one quarter of the money came from outside donors.
“Our effort to reach 100% participation from staff, board, and current parents motivates others to give,” said Gloria. “We are all in this together.”