Taft's May 1 Day of Giving was, by all accounts, a huge success.
Alumni, former Taft parents, and friends were invited to give to Taft's Annual Fund during the 24-hour period beginning at 12:00 am on Monday, May 1. Parents of current Taft students were encouraged to donate to the Parents' Fund. Annual Fund Director Kelsey Pascoe P'07 hoped to tally 240 donors during the campaign, while Parents' Fund Director Amy Gorman P'12,'14 hoped 50 parents would answer the call. Both were thrilled to exceed those goals, and grateful to the community that made it happen.
"Just over 500 Rhinos—501 to be exact—rose to the Day of Giving challenge," said Pascoe, "making gifts to the Annual Fund totaling $191,851. It was a tremendous effort by all of our class agents, student volunteers, and in-house teams. Thank you to everyone who showed their Taft pride on this special day."
With bragging rights and a plaque in Bingham on the line, the Day of Giving also included a bit of friendly competition across decades: the class with the greatest participation numbers from each decade earned a plaque in Taft's most celebrated space. Congratulations to the Classes of '11, '04, '99, '84, '75, '67, '57, and '46. The Class of 1999 was the overall winner, with 21 percent of their class participating.
Parents also came out in force, crossing the finish line with 88 donors raising a total of $135,661 for the Parents' Fund. The Class of 2019 led with the highest participation.
"Taft parents always seem to rise to the occasion," said Gorman. "We are grateful for their generosity, and for the difference their gifts will make in our community.