by Scott Hunt, Director of Development and Alumnae/i
We are in the final months of fundraising for The Fund For White Mountain. Your gifts of support are needed to reach our goal. We ask for your support to keep it on track in order to continue our positive growth and stability, providing and delivering the education we promise all our students.
The Fund for White Mountain applies individual gifts of all sizes into support for the key aspects of a White Mountain education. Tuition alone covers 85.3% of the yearly costs to run the school; the remaining gap in the operating budget is met through philanthropy (10.1%), endowment (1.5%), and auxiliary programming (3.1%). Our goal for this year is $600,000, and as of the end of April, we are at $347,329.
Gifts to The Fund for White Mountain are a crucial component of the annual operating budget. We put every gift to The Fund for White Mountain to immediate use for areas of greatest need. This year, three areas that required additional support in response to the COVID pandemic include curriculum updates, additional faculty professional development, and financial aid.
Through careful planning, we have not needed to establish an emergency fund for support due to the pandemic, but we do rely on your support to The Fund for White Mountain to meet our annual operating budget needs.
During these final months, the Office of Development has planned outreach to our community in a variety of ways to ensure we reach our goal. This includes a mailed appeal in May and a weekly online appeal during June. Every donor to The Fund for White Mountain helps to make an important difference in the lives of White Mountain students and faculty. Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support to The Fund for White Mountain.
Founded in 1886 and set in the beautiful White Mountains of northern New Hampshire, The White Mountain School is a gender-inclusive, college-preparatory boarding and day school for 140 students grades 9-12/PG. Our mission is to be a school of inquiry and engagement. Grounded in an Episcopal heritage, White Mountain prepares and inspires students to lead lives of curiosity, courage, and compassion.