On Saturday, October 29, 2016, Stolz Hall was dedicated during the first-ever Angelus Dinner held on the Christ School campus. The event was at the end of an incredible day – an amazing tailgate provided by the Parents Council, a big win over Asheville School, and the warmest weather on record for the end of October.
During the Angelus event, we provided an important update on our campaign.
- Drawing Strength from Within – the Campaign for Christ School
- Three years into this five-year effort
- One year since we announced the public phase
- And two years remaining
- And, we’re almost 83% to goal
- We have raised $16.5 million of the $20 million goal
- Yet, our biggest challenge is still before us - fully funding a new athletic center
- Our full attention turns to making the largest capital project in Christ School history – the athletic center – a reality
- With a $1.2 million challenge grant in-hand, we are seeking a match to that challenge – someone to share the naming opportunity with the person putting forth the challenge
- And, we’re seeking lead project underwriters at the $100,000 and $250,000 level
Good schools are never done with fundraising, and so opportunities to support Christ School go well beyond this Campaign. Thank you for the ways in which you already support our school and thank you for the ways in which you’ll help in the future.
“Every once in a while in life we are afforded the opportunity to be part of something significant. Christ School’s Campaign, Drawing Strength from Within, is one such opportunity. One that will keep us strong, true and close to our mission.”
To secure the timeless mission of Christ School, and to enable us to continue offering our students the best education, we are proud to make public our capital campaign Drawing Strength from Within: the Campaign for Christ School.
The announcement of the Campaign was made during the Angelus Society Dinner held on October 31, 2015 thus officially launching the public phase of the Campaign. Gifts totaling $14.2 million in cash and pledges have been received to date. The campaign’s goal is $20 million developed from the needs of the last strategic plan which total $25 million. Reaching our goal will be challenging; exceeding our goal is the aim.
Drawing Strength from Within: the Campaign for Christ School is a five-year campaign giving donors the opportunity to pay pledges over that period of time. Many lead gifts and named gifts have already been contributed thus the total committed to date of $14.2 million. The campaign has had a very successful quiet phase with an emphasis placed on board members and strategic engagement of our donors. This campaign has helped Christ School develop a dynamic and robust fundraising program which will continue to support its ongoing operations long after the campaign concludes.
Each of the capital initiatives will strengthen the experience of each student and the overall campus community. Learn more about each initiative below.
Christ School’s Campaign Leadership Committee is led by Steve Young, a 1982 alumnus from Atlanta, GA who is also a member of the Board of Trustees and a lead donor. When asked about the need for the campaign, Young responded, “The School has come so far, but to take it to the next level it is imperative to have a campaign. We don’t have the resources some schools have, so when we need to move the needle – whether in endowment, buildings, programs or a host of other enhancements – we need to raise the monies to do so.” Young further stated “I strongly believe that Christ School stewards the monies we have received over the years in a good, honest and trustworthy fashion, and we will continue to do so.”
In preparing for the campaign, Christ School developed a master plan and conducted a self-study to determine needs, the readiness of constituencies to support a campaign and the likelihood of reaching a specific goal. After extensive research and interviews, the Board of Trustees elected to launch a $20 million campaign to transform the Christ School campus and expands its endowment to ensure a vibrant future for this important educational institution.
Another important aspect of this campaign will focus on planned giving. Gifts of life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and bequests are greatly appreciated and will specifically add to the endowment unless other designated by the donor.
Tom and Jocelyn Connors P’85, P’87 are strong supporters of Christ School and when asked why the campaign is meaningful to them they replied, “The Campaign will raise funds needed to sustain the excellence of Christ School and ensure that it will thrive, offering the very highest caliber of secondary school level education for boys.
“As past parents and former members of the Board of Trustees, we are indebted to the school for the part it played in the formation of not only our own sons, but countless others over the years. Christ School boys, because of their experiences, become men who are loyal, honest and successful.”
Preparing boys to excel in college and careers is only half of our mission. During their high school years, boys seek to find and lock in principles that will guide them throughout their lives. Christ School’s strength is in providing a top-flight education as well as the values that will transform boys into the kinds of men our world needs.
Christ School has also succeeded and thrived because of running a tight financial ship. From the beginning, students have done their part by working to help hold down costs, and they still do. Finances are managed well here and there has been a balanced budget for more than 16 consecutive years.
Nat Hyde ’74, Campaign Co-chair and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, stated “Over a decade ago Christ School embarked on a journey under the leadership of Headmaster Paul Krieger. That journey highlighted the need to invest in our campus impacting most major buildings, new projects, dormitories, and faculty housing. That investment is now over $10 million with plans to embark on our largest project ever. The Campaign will keep us debt free, address those plans, and the need to build our endowment to insure the future of Christ School to serve future generations of boys.
“Recently, I saw a picture of the Christ School flag flying from the crane over the new dining hall. I knew at that moment a new era was upon Christ School.”
Much of Christ School’s success is also due to skillful and wise planning. In addition to building a strong endowment and having a campus that provides exceptional facilities, sustaining and even growing annual giving exemplifies a robust independent school. Unrestricted annual funds can be applied where they are most needed, to take advantage of unexpected opportunities as well as challenges. Annual giving enriches the overall experience offered at Christ School.
During the Campaign announcement during the Angelus Dinner, Headmaster Paul Krieger stated, “Every once in a while in life we are afforded the opportunity to be part of something significant. Christ School’s Campaign, Drawing Strength from Within, is one such opportunity. One that will keep us strong, true and close to our mission.”
The dimensions of the campaign include the need for endowment, capital projects and the objective to protect and build the annual fund. The campaign enables us to pursue each of these areas for specific outcomes:
- $9 million to grow the Endowment
- $8 million for Capital Projects
- Extensive Renovation of the Dining Hall
- Building a New Athletic Center
- Additional Faculty Homes
- $3 million in Annual Fund gifts
Growing our endowment will enable us to improve our programs, honor esteemed faculty and provide additional scholarships to attract excellent students. Endowment gifts have the added benefit of freeing up other funds. For example, when an endowed fund supports a faculty member’s salary – and does so in perpetuity – some of the money previously allocated for that salary from our current operating funds is available for other needs. Naming Opportunities are available beginning at $100,000 for:
- Named scholarships
- Designated operational funds
- Fully or partially endowed teaching chairs
Where learning takes place matters and an essential part of our success with boys is the Christ School campus. Our new Dining Hall is fully funded and construction will be completed in May 2016. The current dining hall was built when enrollment was 185 and can no longer hold all of our students and faculty. The new facility will be nearly double in space and will feature:
- Seating for 328 – enough for all students and faculty
- Covered outdoor spaces
- Indoor and outdoor fireplace
- Separate enclosed private dining room
- Three classrooms and three faculty offices on the lower level
A strong athletic program is important to boys – and doing things well is important to Christ School. A new athletic center will provide our teams practice areas during inclement weather and will emphasize physical fitness. Naming opportunities are available for the proposed facility. Highlights include:
- Practice gym
- Weight training
- Athletic Hall of Fame Lobby
- Sports Therapy Room
- John B. Noland ‘64
- Leslie and Perky Plumlee P’08, P’09, P’11
- Miles C. Plumlee ‘08
- Mason A. Plumlee ‘09
- Marshall H. Plumlee ‘11
- Robert H. Stolz, Sr. ’81, P’13
- Craig M. Wardlaw, Sr. ‘62
- Stephen T. Young ’82, Chairman
- Nat M. Hyde ’74, Co-Chair
- Laura and Mike Grace P’15
- Suzanne C. Lockett P’07
- Brian L. Pecheles ‘77
- Bertram L. Scott P’08
- Daniel T. Wall P’10
- Paul M. Krieger P’09, P’12
- Denis M. Stokes P’12
- Thomas N. Connors P’85, P’87
- Denis Stokes, Director of External Affairs, email@example.com
- Kathy Belk, Director of the Annual Fund, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Savannah Parrish, Advancement Officer Manager email@example.com
- Dan Stevenson ‘72, Director of Alumni/Major Gift Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paige Wheeler, Campaign Manager, email@example.com