Giving Tuesday honours Branksome donors and promotes impact of philanthropy
Branksome students needed no coaxing to write their thank-you notes. Nearly 150 Senior and Middle School students filled out cards of appreciation on Giving Tuesday, December 3, to be distributed to the school’s many supporters. The student thank-a-thon, held at lunch in the AWC Dining Hall, was part of the international day of giving.
More than 60 parent, alum and employee donors contributed about $100,000 to Branksome Hall on Giving Tuesday. Gifts were earmarked for a wide range of purposes, including the Principal’s Fund, the Alumnae Association Endowed Bursary and more. Giving Tuesday also served as the kick-off for the school’s Annual Appeal, aimed at promoting a culture of philanthropy and generating community-wide participation.
“I’m so grateful for your contributions to innovation,” one card read, referring to the Senst Family STEAM Studio, Middle School’s new Innovation Hub, and Noodle, Branksome’s first-of-its-kind accelerator program.
Students also wrote about their appreciation for everything from Student Financial Assistance to the AWC pool and amazing food, the new baby grand piano for the music program, and all the opportunities and programs they have to realize their potential.
In the lead-up to Giving Tuesday festivities, posters were placed throughout the school—at the actual sites of facilities or programs funded—describing and celebrating the impact of donor generosity.
“We’re aiming to educate and remind our community of the critical importance of giving at the school,” says Cristina Coraggio, Executive Director of Advancement and Community Engagement. “Much of what students experience at Branksome is made possible, in part, thanks to donations. We’re all here to inspire girls to love learning and to shape a better world, but we couldn’t do it without our generous community.”