To date, we have raised more than $7.27 million of our $9 million goal (80%); we’re doing really well! More than 85 donors, including 100% of the Board of Trustees, have provided exemplary early generosity. The school has received four magnificent gifts of $500,000 or more, 8 at the $250,000 level, and 18 at the $100,000 level. While large gifts will continue to be important in achieving our overall goal, every gift to the Campaign is important. In true Tenacre fashion, broad participation by the entire Tenacre community makes a big statement!
Our hope is to begin construction of the Christian B. Elliot Center in the fall of 2016, but that timetable will be contingent upon continued fundraising success during early 2016. With the Campaign now officially underway, we are beginning to reach out more broadly to current parents and others in our community to ask for their support during this school year. We recognize that given the size of our goal, each family will be making an important philanthropic decision. Accordingly, we want to meet personally with every current parent to explain the program, answer questions, and ask for support. This will take time and will extend into the 2016-2017 school year. In order to encourage larger commitments, we will be asking all families to consider making a pledge that can be paid over three to five tax years.
The Tenacre Annual Fund provides 10% of the school’s operating budget, and as such is vital to Tenacre’s day-to-day educational enterprise. We ask all families to make their Annual Fund commitment, this year and in subsequent years, their first priority.
We will be providing various opportunities for you to hear more about project and fundraising plans. We hope that you can come to one or more of these events, as best fits your schedule. In the meantime, continue to visit the website for Campaign information and watch for newsletters and other communications throughout the year. If you have any questions about the Campaign, please contact Jody Barron, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781.431.8575 x 210.