2014-2015 Annual Giving News

Julie Yates, Director of Development
Alumnae/i, shares news on this year’s annual giving efforts and where all those gifts are going!

WMS would like to thank our generous supporters and we are pleased to announce a successful fundraising year, surpassing our goals between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015! The Annual Fund, the crucial fundraising vehicle directly impacting every student, every day, had a target of $420,000 and we raised nearly $450,000. Our donors also contributed more than $506,000 in capital, endowment and special gifts during that same time period. Of special note – WMS donors gave the $75,000 needed to restore the Formal Garden and more than $20,000 additional money was given to enhance faculty professional development, allowing our teachers to continue to pursue essential training in the authentic inquiry and student-driven learning for which WMS has become known. Visit www.authenticinquiry.org, an independent resource for schools and teachers organized and supported by WMS, to read more about teaching and learning at our School.

Who supported WMS’s 2014-15 fundraising efforts? A total of 540 donors supported The White Mountain School in the 2014-15 fundraising year, marking a slight increase over last year’s number of donors. 100% of our trustees, 83% of our faculty and staff, 60% of our current families and 17% of our alumnae/i contributed to the School during this fundraising year. Additionally, 156 families of alumnae/i and friends of our School supported WMS in 2014-15.

How were the gifts to our School used?
Donor support allowed WMS to accomplish many of the goals set in the 2014-15 academic year. Several highlights include: improved energy efficiency in Carter dorm; updates to several faculty living spaces; enhanced Learning Center, sport climbing, dance and robotics programs; broadened food options in the dining hall; continued support of faculty development in our pedagogy of authentic, student-driven, inquiry learning. Work on the Formal Garden restoration and the main driveway renovation projects has begun, with scheduled completion dates this fall and summer respectively. As many of you have noted after visiting campus or reading Echoes or The Telemark, it is exciting to see WMS’s educational programs and facilities continue to improve and grow! This is only possible through the generous support of so many of you.

Thank you to our generous WMS Donor Community!

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