Brad York via Crowdrise
December 15, 2010
BENEFITING: ACADEMY AT CHARLEMONT
• A challenging classical academic education within a liberal arts tradition
• Personal responsibility and accountability
• Civility and respect for others
• Individualism and personal growth
We accomplish this in a small, warm learning environment where students are celebrated, recognized, and challenged
At The Academy, students are free to be who they are in a safe environment that values individuality.
• Voluntary giving is critical to the Academy, and every single gift matters here
• We are a small school, with a small (but growing!) community of donors: the number of people to whom we can appeal for support is limited
• The Academy’s strong commitment to financial aid insures the socio economic diversity that we all value; annual giving supports that commitment
• 70% of our student body receives need-based financial aid in the form of tuition discounts
• Our extraordinary faculty has had salaries and benefits frozen for two years; this is not sustainable.
• The Academy’s endowment is small and income from the investment of those funds (current endowment income is only $6,000/year) doesn’t yet come close to offsetting the financial aid we offer.
• The board, with input from faculty, staff and the community, is looking at ways to improve the business model so that we can relieve some of the pressure on Annual Giving, beginning over the medium term. Going forward, we need all of our families and friends to dig deep, to “right-size” their giving according to their ability and according to the value they place on the Academy experience.
Each of us is reaching out to family members and friends to help sustain this wonderful program which means so much to us.
Academy graduates have become innovators and initiators, working for change and growth in both local and national settings. Their entrepreneurial energy and creative spirits have led them to careers in business, education, medicine, public service and non profit work. Launched from this small, public-spirited private day school, in a relatively impoverished rural community, Academy graduates make substantive contributions to their chosen fields and are involved in their communities.
Please help support this work: your generosity has an impact on our students, on the lives they touch, and on the world they will shape. Help us help them to find their voices, speak their minds, and become the next generation of leaders and doers.