York School has exceeded the $3 million goal for The Campaign for York: Inspiring Excellence, Changing Lives, boosting endowments for financial aid for students and for the professional development of our faculty. The final total is: $3,095,037.
"Great schools, like colleges and universities, cannot provide opportunities through tuition alone: Financial contributions are vital to the life of a non-profit institution like York," said Head of School Chuck Harmon. "The contributors to The Campaign for York have made an investment in the present and future of this great School, and we are grateful for their continuing generosity."
The formal announcement of the Campaign results came at a celebration on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Coburn Chapel with students, faculty, staff, trustees, and donors.
Topping the list of leadership donors are Peggy Downes Baskin and Jack Baskin of Carmel and Santa Cruz, whose total giving to York rose to more than $1 million.
“The essence of the York experience is the remarkable relationships between students and teachers, and the generosity of donors like the Baskins and others ensures that these relationships will flourish,” said Harmon.
When asked why they donated to the York campaign, Peggy Downes Baskin and Jack Baskin said, "We believe financial aid lies at the heart of York's mission and that an endowment ensures its future. It is the gift that keeps on giving."
In total, 214 donors contributed to the Campaign for York. Click here for a list of donors.
Jane Paulsen of Carmel, chair of the York Board of Trustees, said, "I've seen the benefits of a York education in my own children and their classmates. York students learn to ask questions, to take initiative, to be active. The York faculty become their mentors and friends. I wish everyone could have an exceptional high school experience like this. That's why I gave to the Campaign for York."
The Campaign for York will provide funds for student financial aid. Approximately 40 percent of the students at the independent school receive need-based financial aid. York School has 225 students in grades 8-12.
The fundraising campaign also will provide funds for professional development opportunities for York teachers, such as stipends for professional growth conferences, workshops, and supplemental coursework, funding for special projects and the development of innovative courses, grants to research best practices, teacher exchange opportunities, and artist, economist, and writer-in-residence programs.