Hilltopper Fund, We are all together

The phrase, "We Are All Together" has never been more meaningful and our mission of  inspiring students to become our creative, courageous and compassionate future has never been more important. This unprecedented year has brought us together in ways we could not have imagined and our community has risen to all of the challenges with which 2020 has presented us.

Even as we have paused in-person learning, we have ambitiously tried to host as many students on campus as possible each day. Thanks to sound financial management and generous community support we have been able to both shoulder the numerous unplanned expenses to ready our campus and weather an enrollment season cut short by the pandemic’s restrictions on in-person gathering. This has allowed us to integrate technology in a way that makes our remote teaching more effective, and we continue to do so, knowing that this work will continue to pay benefits for the long term. Our tremendous faculty has employed all of their considerable skill, actively seeking professional development and preparing to teach both remotely and in person, always ensuring that our students’ experiences are the best possible. The result has been a tremendously successful year to this point.

This unusual year, and the accompanying added financial stresses, mean that our Hilltopper Fund is, especially this year, extremely important. These funds will be vital to our continuing efforts to offer the most meaningful experiences possible and will ensure that we can remain agile and adaptable as conditions change. We remain committed to our small, personal, experiential approach and our community’s generosity will ensure this can be the case. 

With all that in mind, and with our ambitious future in our hearts, we ask that you consider supporting our Hilltopper Fund as generously as you possibly can. We have sketched out a yearly goal that will help us both fill in some of the gaps that have emerged because of extra expenses and simultaneously will allow us to continue to plan additional experiences with which we will add to the personal nature of our offerings. Our original goal was to raise $250,000 for the Hilltopper Fund over the 2020-2021 school year. However, we now have a new goal of $525,000 that will both raise much needed funds for Hilltopper Fund, and will help us meet the $275,000 in additional expenses we have seen due to COVID-19.

This unusual year, and the accompanying added financial stresses, mean that our Hilltopper Fund is, especially this year, extremely important. These funds will be vital to our continuing efforts to offer the most meaningful experiences possible and will ensure that we can remain agile and adaptable as conditions change. 

We humbly ask that you help us meet this aggressive goal. 

We are grateful to the Board of Trustees who have already given at 100% toward our goal. We are so thankful for their generosity and know that we, as a community, will embrace this challenge in this year unlike any other. Thanks to so many of you for your past support and thank you for considering everything you can do to support our vital school now. A gift at this point, and the steadfast commitment it represents, will mean so much to our students, staff, faculty and, indeed, our entire institution.

Dani Smiley
Board of Trustees Development Committee Chair