Parents' Fund

Parents' Fund

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Parents’ Fund Chairs

Neile and Chad Messer, pictured above with their daughters, will continue to serve as the chairs of the Parents’ Fund. Despite the challenges of last year, they kept Taft families supportive of our school and engaged with our community.

Neile and Chad are active members of school life, having attended many events both on and off campus over the years. Their older daughter, Hartley ’20, is a head class agent, and Caroline ’22, is in her fourth and final year at Taft. They also have a younger daughter, Lindsay.

“We were honored to be asked to chair the Parents’ Fund as we are passionate about Taft and so happy to be able to give back to a school that means so much to our family,” the Messers told the school.

For the past 29 years, parents have shown their generous support of the Parents’ Fund with a participation rate of at least 90 percent.

Chad, Class of 1990, takes pride in his Taft education and the opportunities it has provided him, and he wants to make sure that stays true for every Taft graduate.

“One of our favorite ways to spend time on campus has been to watch athletic events. We are fortunate to live an hour away from Taft and many of the other Founders League schools. Being on the sidelines is a great place to connect with faculty, classmates, and other parents,” the Messers stated.

“One of our goals as chairs of the Parents’ Fund is to work with Taft to keep parents as engaged as possible.“


In the spirit of fiscal and environmental stewardship, we no longer print the annual donor report. For your privacy, our online report is password protected; the password has been sent to alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school. Questions? Call the Alumni Office at 860.945.7900.    

Leadership Giving Societies

Rhino Society:
1st-5th Reunion: $250+
6th-10th Reunion: $500+
1890 Society: $1,890—$4,999
Red & Blue Society: $5,000—$9,999
Non ut Sibi Society: $10,000—$24,999
Head of School Society: $25,000—$49,999
Winifred T. Taft Society: $50,000—$99,999
Horace D. Taft Society: $100,000 and above

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