The Westminster Schools Announces Successful Completion of ‎$100 Million Capital Campaign

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It was in October of 2006 that Teaching for Tomorrow, a comprehensive $ 100 million campaign was ‎launched with the intent to recruit and retain the next generation of teachers, and to provide faculty ‎and students with the resources to enhance learning and perform to their highest potential. With this ‎determined goal, this groundbreaking capital campaign was among the largest of its kind for an ‎independent day school in the country.‎ The Westminster Schools is delighted to announce that, as of January 31, 2011, over $101.4 million has ‎been raised with the remarkable support of the school’s alumni, current and past parents, and friends ‎in spite of the difficult economic climate of the last few years.‎

Teaching for Tomorrow Campaign

“There is no doubt that Teaching for Tomorrow succeeded because of its focus on teaching, the backbone of Westminster’s purpose with students,” said Bill Clarkson, President of The Westminster Schools.

It was in October of 2006 that Teaching for Tomorrow, a comprehensive $ 100 million campaign was launched with the intent to recruit and retain the next generation of teachers, and to provide faculty and students with the resources to enhance learning and perform to their highest potential. With this determined goal, this groundbreaking capital campaign was among the largest of its kind for an independent day school in the country.

The Westminster Schools is delighted to announce that, as of January 31, 2011, over $101.4 million has been raised with the remarkable support of the school’s alumni, current and past parents, and friends in spite of the difficult economic climate of the last few years.

“There is no doubt that Teaching for Tomorrow succeeded because of its focus on teaching, the backbone of Westminster’s purpose with students,” said Bill Clarkson, President of The Westminster Schools. “There is no doubt that the success of this campaign is directly related to its focus on teaching. Even in difficult economic times, there was no suggestion that anything short of the goal would be acceptable for our teachers.”

Since its inception, this capital campaign counted on the leadership of Board of Trustee members Scott Hawkins and Glenn Warren ’77, and parent Susan Shanor. “We believe that this campaign offered all members of the Westminster family an opportunity to express their shared gratitude and their commitment to a school that continues to touch and enrich our lives and, more importantly, the lives of our children, our grandchildren, and our extended community,” says Scott Hawkins.

Westminster could not have established itself as one of the preeminent independent schools in the country without superior teaching. While simply doing the job they love, Westminster teachers set a standard for excellence that must be maintained if the school is to continue preparing young people for their futures. According to Bill Clarkson, “By securing resources to support teachers’ efforts, Westminster not only would be making a statement about how valuable it considers its faculty, but also identify itself as a place where top professionals want to teach.”

Charlie Shaffer, Vice President for Institutional Advancement of The Westminster Schools, stated that over $ 60 million of the campaign proceeds will be invested in the school’s endowment. “All the gains made for teachers through this campaign will be sustained for generations of faculty and students to come, solidifying Westminster’s position as a leader in supporting the teaching profession,” said Shaffer.

Over 8,300 donors contributed to the Teaching for Tomorrow campaign, including alumni, current and past parents, grandparents, friends, local and national foundations, raising a total amount of $ 101,449,111 from October 1, 2006 to January 31, 2011.

Among the priorities, $ 31.6 million will be directed to securing excellent faculty; $21.1 million to the new Junior High building; $ 8 million to ensure continued access and diversity; $ 2.3 to promote global awareness; $10 million to foster community service and citizenship; $18.8 to enhance the annual giving; and $9.3 million in unrestricted and undesignated endowment funding. (All figures are approximated. Please refer to the attached Fact Sheet for detailed information.)

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