By Lindsay Ramsay, Development Committee Chairperson
Development is vital to sustaining The Carey School, and despite the persistent uncertainty and challenges associated with COVID, I’m thrilled to share that 2020-2021 was a record shattering fundraising year!
First, we successfully closed the Expanding Possibilities Capital Campaign after raising $5 million to complete our brand new two-story building and renovated courtyard. It is heartwarming to see the joy of students and faculty taking full advantage of our new modernized classrooms, flexible multi-purpose spaces and multifunctional courtyard. Our tremendous gratitude goes out to Carey’s Board of Trustees, current families, alumni families, and special friends for making this remarkable improvement to our school.
Alongside the undertaking of the Capital Campaign, Carey’s Annual Fund broke another record this year raising $768,000. This Fund will continue to support all the things that make Carey unique which tuition alone does not cover, including professional development for our educators, special school programs, and other operational needs.
The Carey School Parents Association (CSPA) also pulled off another record breaking event, raising $500,700 at a modified COVID virtual auction to support Fund-A-Need for financial aid. This tremendous support speaks to the importance and value our community places in ensuring Carey remains a diverse and inclusive community welcoming of all students regardless of financial means.
Finally, this year saw the introduction of a new tradition of a Class Gift to the Faculty Endowment Fund. We raised a little over $146,000 in this new initiative.
Our essential fundraising would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Development committee members, CSPA volunteers, and donors throughout the Carey community. We are also grateful for the support of the staff, teachers, and parents who pitch in everyday to ensure Carey sustains its mission of creating curious, confident, and joyful learners. We look forward to another exciting year ahead.