On April 11, a triumphantly successful first-ever SM Giving Day shattered its stated goal of inspiring 360 gifts in one day—representing one for every student currently enrolled at the School—as 551 gifts were made and almost a quarter of a million dollars raised in support of the St. Mark's Annual Fund.
Annual Fund gifts provide critical support for every aspect of the St. Mark's experience. Accounting for approximately 10% of the operating budget, gifts to the Annual Fund help close the gap between tuition and the actual cost to educate a St. Mark's student. Generous financial support through the Annual Fund has a direct and immediate impact on all aspects of the School— the academic program, athletics, arts, financial aid, professional development, facilities, and campus life. Additionally, Annual Fund gifts provide the School with the flexibility to respond quickly to new opportunities and unexpected needs.
Even with this successful giving day, there is still a ways to go to meet the overall Annual Fund goal for the year. A little more than two months remain to help make a difference.
Pictured at right: two St. Mark's faculty members—Associate Director of Athletics Lauren Ames and SM alumna Colleen Finnerty '11 of the Modern Language Department—tell us why they contributed on Giving Day.