The St. Mark's Advancement Office has declared the 2018 Annual Fund to be a tremendous success. There was 30 percent alumni participation and this year's goal was met with $2,336,337 dollars raised. That total is a new record for an Annual Fund at St. Mark's, eclipsing last year's total by more than $56,000.
This year, there were almost 2000 total donors who gave to St. Mark's (including all gifts, not just the Annual Fund), and much of this year's growth was driven by parent giving. Gifts from parents were up 11 percent in dollars from 2017, and there was 84 percent participation among parents in 2018, up from 78 percent the year before. Parent Association co-chairs David and Camilla King (Logan '18, Nathaniel '20) led an active group of parent volunteers who helped make this happen.
Another major factor in the success of this year's Annual Fund was St. Mark's first-ever "Giving Day." On Wednesday, April 11, $242,000 was raised from 551 gifts, with donors including alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the School.
Many alumni and parent volunteers were deeply involved in the effort to help the 2018 Annual Fund meet and surpass its goals and set records of success and support.
"We are truly grateful for this generous support," declared Stephanie Katz, Director of Alumni and Parent Programs and the Annual Fund. "It makes possible an environment where students are encouraged every day by faculty committed to instilling in them a love of learning and guiding them in developing empathy, resilience, an appreciation of personal and cultural strengths, and a commitment to serving others. Thanks to all, again, for the great participation and support!"