"Overall it was an excellent year," notes Annual Fund Director Kelsey Kerr. "Our generous community of donors increased overall giving by more than $375,000 over last year. That generosity directly and immediately benefits our students and faculty."
Annual Fund dollars make up close to ten percent of the school's operating budget: they pay for books in the library; soccer balls, hockey pucks, and baseball bats; a favorite teacher's salary; paint brushes, pianos and pottery clay; petri dishes in the chemistry lab and microscopes for biology; the budget for The Papyrus; the cost of a DJ for a Saturday night dance; and much, much more.
This year, Parents' Fund donors contributed $1,853,099—38 percent—of Annual Fund dollars raised.
"It is really an impressive number that represents the extraordinary generosity of Taft families," notes Parents' Fund Director Amy Gorman. "Our current parents are consistently supportive of the work we do, which directly benefits their children in every aspect of their lives at Taft."
The Annual Fund relies on the year-round efforts of a committed team of volunteers, which includes members of the Parents' Committee, Class Agents, and students. This year, that team engaged 43% of alumni and 92% of current parents in their efforts—many of them during November's Young Alumni Taft/Hotchkiss Participation Challenge and Taft's May 1 Day of Giving.
"I thank all of our donors for their dedication to Taft, and our many volunteers for their hard work," says Kerr. "I especially want to thank Dylan Simonds '89, Annual Fund Chair; Jeff Keeler and Marietta Lee, Parents' Fund Chairs; Stuart and Jean Serenbetz, Former Parents' Fund Chairs; and Joanie Dayton, Grandparents' Fund Chair. Their combined leadership allows us to continue making a significant difference in the lives of our students and faculty."