Greetings from your Annual Fund Co-Chairs!
Firstly, thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019-20 Annual Fund a success. Each and every year, Loomis Chaffee relies on generous support of the Annual Fund to provide students with a transformative educational experience. As we look to the 2020-21 school year, there are more reasons than ever to make a gift. For an excellent summation, we invite you to please take a look at the “Case for Support” below.
As alumni, we know the power of a Loomis Chaffee education. We know that when you make a gift today, you are providing students with opportunities they will benefit from for a lifetime.
Please accept our sincere gratitude for your consideration.
Bryant Tolles ’57
Anne Schneider McNulty ’72
Jennifer Podurgiel ’96
Tyler Earle ’09
2020-21 Annual Fund Case for Support
The Loomis Chaffee Annual Fund is a critical resource that impacts virtually every aspect of life and learning on The Island. Each and every year, it provides unrestricted, current-use dollars to support a broad range of needs, including financial aid, faculty salaries and professional development, academic and extracurricular programs, arts, and athletics. While tuition is a considerable source of revenue, it covers only about 70% of the true cost of educating a student at Loomis Chaffee; the Annual Fund contributes significantly to making up the difference.
This year, gifts to the Annual Fund are more important than ever as the school navigates the COVID-19 health crisis and strengthens its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. A robust Annual Fund will give us the flexibility to meet our evolving needs. For more information on these two areas of focus and how the Annual Fund is crucial to ensure their success, please see below.
Loomis Chaffee’s COVID-19 response plan for the 2020-21 school year is designed to protect the health and safety of our community, including students, faculty, and staff, while continuing to provide the very best educational experience.
The school has developed a new academic calendar and daily schedule to facilitate both in-person and online learning, made changes to residential living and on-campus dining, and instituted a number of new health and safety measures, including mandatory COVID-19 testing. Our plan provides flexibility to adjust, if needed, to changes in the global and local COVID-19 situation and health protocols. For updates on the school’s response, please visit this page of our website.
Increased building ventilation to reduce airborne bacteria, reconfiguration of classrooms and dormitories to allow for social distancing, improved internet capabilities and technology upgrades, and the hiring of more housekeeping staff to thoroughly sanitize spaces more often are examples of how the school will spend more than $2 million dollars ensuring the health and safety of our community. Your support of the Annual Fund will help the school navigate the financial challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives:
Loomis Chaffee is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all our community members – students, faculty, staff, and alumni. To this end, the school announced several new initiatives in June of 2020, including:
- Conduct an inclusivity climate assessment. Loomis Chaffee has hired Dr. Derrick Gay, a diversity and inclusion educator and strategist to lead a school-wide climate assessment. That work will begin in fall 2020.
- Continue to commit the resources needed to offer a robust financial aid program, one that allows us to enroll students from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds and to provide those students with a complete Loomis Chaffee experience. Financial aid will remain a top fundraising priority for the school.
- Publish an annual report on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice at Loomis Chaffee. This report will include facts and figures related to DEI work, a summary of current DEI initiatives, progress toward previously established goals, and goals for the future.
- Implement a required SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) training protocol for all administrative and teaching faculty. SEED participants "explore their own education in relation to race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual identity, abilities, and age, and how these factors currently impact their school, classrooms, community, or workplace. They consider how they can use their classrooms, communities, or workplaces to create a more equitable environment for all." The school will develop a plan to rotate all faculty through SEED training over the course of four years and will begin the first rotation in 2020–21.
These are just a few of the many DEI initiatives the school has launched. You can learn more about this important work here. Diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives are a significant priority for Loomis Chaffee and are supported by the school’s operating budget. Your gift to the Annual Fund can be designated to support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and help us maintain and evolve DEI programming and services for the school community.
The success of our Annual Fund depends on the collective generosity of our alumni, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni and friends of the school. Every gift makes a difference to the school. Your participation in the Annual Fund sends a powerful message that you believe in Loomis Chaffee, its educational programs, and the school’s teachers, coaches, and mentors.
Thank you for your continued support.