There has never been a time like this one in our School’s history. The White Mountain School is a vibrant community of students, staff and faculty – all of whom are dedicated to growth through inquiry-led learning and engagement. Our momentum is strong – Now Is the Time to invest in today and prepare for tomorrow. We can do it, but only if you help us as we approach the finish line.
With a goal of $6.8 million, Now Is the Time: The Campaign for White Mountain is the School’s most ambitious campaign ever. Giving to the School from now through June 30 helps us crystalize our strategic vision and deepen our commitment to Student-Driven Inquiry by investing in:
- People – Intellectual Excellence
- Place – Community Vitality
- Future – Financial Sustainability
During this campaign, which started with a soft launch in January 2016, we have seen many long-time donors increase their level of support to higher-than-ever levels. We’ve seen new donors step forward to make a gift. Whether interested in supporting facilities, the Endowment, the Annual Fund or all three; whether able to give $2.5 Million or $25; whether continuing their decades of support or giving for the first time, contributors to Now is the Time are joining together in the largest fundraising effort in White Mountain/St. Mary’s history to make a positive impact on the people, places and future of the School they love and believe in.
Our Campaign Director, Julie Yates ‘P17 is an 18-year veteran of The White Mountain School. She has taught, coached, tutored students in the classroom, on the fields and in the dorms and she has served in several administrative roles including Dean of Students, Academic Dean and Director of Development & Alumnae/i. What better person to usher the Now is the Time campaign to its successful conclusion?
As the end of the campaign draws near, we asked Julie about her thoughts on the evolution and success of Now is the Time. The Campaign for White Mountain.
Q: What is the purpose of Now is the Time. The Campaign for White Mountain?
A: This campaign is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the School’s history. It’s sole purpose is to support the initiatives of White Mountain’s current strategic vision. Growing out of a collaborative, whole-community self-study in 2014, the 2016 Strategic Vision established goals for institutional strength in the areas of Intellectual Excellence, Vibrant Community Life, and Financial Sustainability. Each of the goals established in the Strategic Vision built upon existing White Mountain strengths and were designed to propel the School toward becoming the best small boarding school in the country.
All campaign fundraising is focused toward these goals and directly supports the People, Place and Future of The White Mountain School.
Q: What has the campaign accomplished already? How is it already supporting the people, place and future of our School?
A: A lot has already been accomplished! In terms of Place (facilities), funding for the academic renovations of McLane and Wing was secured. These renovations were a response to teachers’ requests for academic spaces that better supported White Mountain’s focus on Student-Driven Inquiry. Thus, flexible classroom spaces, a re-designed McGoldrick Library & Research Center, shared teacher office spaces, and the Inquiry, Innovation and Impact Lab were created. In addition, Lovejoy Chapel was established in Wing to create a light-filled and inspiring community space for Morning Meeting, all-school events and local community events. More than $1.8 Million was raised in support of these facilities improvements. In addition more than $1.5 Million has been raised as a nucleus fund for a new dorm. This dorm will replace Solar dorm, addresses student and faculty housing needs, and supports the enrollment needs of the School.
While facilities improvements arguably support the People of White Mountain, too, this campaign has immediately impacted the School’s students and faculty through a 20% growth of the Annual Fund. White Mountain’s distinctive focus on Student-Driven Inquiry as supported by the LASR program and assessment via Essential Skills and Habits within a diverse student community, requires an annual operating budget large enough to fund classroom needs, professional development and scholarship aid. Scholarship is one way White Mountain fulfills its commitment to diversity and inclusion by providing the opportunity for mission-appropriate students to attend and realize their academic goals as active members of our community. Through the campaign, White Mountain’s Annual Fund has grown to nearly $600,000 per year, a healthy and sustaining amount, with more people contributing at a higher level than ever before.
The Future of The White Mountain School has also been a focus of this campaign. Long-term financial sustainability, a marker of institutional health, is largely accomplished through Endowment growth. Donors have added more than $700,000 in gifts and short-term pledges to the White Mountain’s Endowment during this campaign. In addition, more than $1.2 Million has been raised in planned gifts directed toward the Endowment.
Q: What excites you most about this campaign? How is this campaign different from past campaigns at White Mountain?
A: This is such an exciting time for White Mountain! The School is strong with a great community of students and faculty, a compelling academic program that makes a difference in students’ lives and in the world, quality facilities that support the needs of students and teachers, and financial stability obtained through the support of donors and through a successful admission program.
Now is the Time is different because it builds on our School’s strength, carrying the momentum that has been growing for a long time, forward with purpose. Not only is this the largest campaign in the School’s history, with fundraising that will exceed the $6.8 Million goal, it is the first comprehensive campaign the School has attempted since the 1980’s. White Mountain is, for the first time in recent history, simultaneously raising funds for multiple facilities projects, the Endowment and the Annual Fund. The effort is integrally connected with a comprehensive and meaningful Strategic Vision.
Donors have responded with excitement and generous support. People not only believe strongly in the education that is being provided to today’s students, they believe in the School’s future strength. This campaign is evidence that White Mountain is worth investing in. Now is, indeed, the time for The White Mountain School.
Q: Who is supporting the campaign and why?
A: Everyone is supporting Now is the Time! Alumnae/i, Parents, Trustees, Parents of Alumnae/i, Faculty/Staff, Current Students are all counted among the financial supporters of this campaign. White Mountain is lucky to have such a dedicated and generous community.
During this campaign, the silent phase of which began in January 2016, we have seen many long-time donors increase their level of support to higher-than-ever levels. We’ve seen new donors step forward to make a gift. Whether interested in supporting facilities, the Endowment, the Annual Fund or all three; whether able to give $2.5 Million or $25; whether continuing their decades of support or giving for the first time, contributors to Now is the Time are joining together in the largest fundraising effort in White Mountain/St. Mary’s history to make a positive impact on the people, places and future of the School they love and believe in.
Q: What’s the next step in this historic campaign?
A: Now is the Time. The Campaign for White Mountain ends at midnight on June 30, 2019. We are working hard between now and then to ensure that everyone who wants to be a part of this historic moment can do so. Every gift given prior to July 1 in support of the Annual Fund, facilities or the Endowment counts in the campaign. There are many ways to give: Now Online, by check, transfer of stock, wire transfer or planned gift commitment. We hope you’ll join us – Now is the Time!