The Advancement Committee smashed it out of the park in 2015-2016 and hit some incredible goals. Our Annual Fund raised $674,747 – the highest Annual Fund on record! We achieved 100% parent participation and nearly 100% from faculty, staff and administration. Grandparent engagement continued to grow as the number of grandparent gifts increased over previous years. We developed more meaningful relations with our alumni via the launch of The Carey Alumni and Parent Network on LinkedIn; improvements to the alumni section of the Carey website to include Class Notes and Alumni Highlights; and the automation of the collection of Class Notes.
We attribute the monumental success of the Annual Fund to a few key initiatives: (1) Direct outreach to high capacity families (2) Increased donor education in the areas of corporate matching and donating stock (3) Higher/consolidated giving levels (4) Continued stewardship of lead donors and (5) Emphasizing the impact of Annual Fund on People/Program in our communication with parents. We are all so grateful to the hard-working staff and parent volunteers who made it happen. Lisa Fowler, Carey’s Advancement Director, led us through this banner year. On behalf of the entire Advancement Committee, we thank Lisa for her hard work and dedication.
We launched a new Advancement Sub-committee this year, one focused on Planned Giving. Led by Cristal Waldrop, the team researched the feasibility of a planned giving program at Carey and concluded that such a plan at Carey should play a definite role in Carey’s viability and sustainability for future generations. The group recommended that a taskforce of 4-6 people work on this for the 2016-2017 school year, to define and initialize the program.
The Carey School Parents Association (CSPA), led by Julie Lee, brought our community together and contributed approximately $314,000 to our 2015-2016 fundraising total. The team’s incredible efforts included the annual cheerful and fun-filled Walkfest, which was chaired by Lily Ng and Gary Kiang. This year’s amazing “Heroes and Villains” Auction was chaired by Tom Brehme and Erika Kwei. The successful event raised over $190,000 in the Fund-a- Need for the Hillside project, with more than 80% of auction attendees participating. The CSPA team deliberately modified the format of several school wide events in order to increase the feeling of inclusiveness, community and fun. We thank our leaders and all the parent volunteers who work so hard putting on events for our school, events that make Carey so magical.
Our Advancement team worked hard this year, and had a blast too. Our results were great – from the numbers standpoint, but our process, full of fun, reflection, and imagination, will stand out to us for years to come. Thank you all for working alongside us to make this successful year happen!