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A Guide to Giving & Getting Involved

Financial Support
We ask every parent to make an Annual Fund contribution at the beginning of each school year. To the extent that you are financially able, we also encourage you to participate in fundraising that supports building projects and endowment. We also ask for your support of fundraising events that are sponsored by Shipley throughout the year.

Active Participation
In addition, we encourage you to take an active part in your child’s education – perhaps by being involved in the classroom when asked, attending athletics and arts events, joining the Annual Fund team, or volunteering at events such as Shipley Shops, Secret Gardens, or the Spring Auction.

Financial Support
Shipley is a dynamic learning environment staffed by dedicated and experienced teachers. Tuition, however, does not cover the entire cost of educating each child. Shipley must raise additional funds each year in order to prepare our students properly to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.

The Annual Fund
Independent schools depend on Annual Fund gifts to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of providing a quality education. The Annual Fund helps ensure that students study a challenging curriculum in small classes with an exceptional faculty. Every member of the Shipley community is asked to support the Annual Fund.

Why does the School ask for a contribution in addition to my tuition payment? Because tuition does not fully cover the cost of a Shipley education, the School relies on contributions from a variety of donors—parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, and parents of alumni. The size of these gifts varies, but every gift is important. Many Shipley parents have stepped forward with gifts at the Leadership Council level of $1,000 or more. This level of giving helps the School meet the educational needs of the entire Shipley community. Why doesn’t the School raise tuition to cover all operating expenses? Tuition must be competitive with comparable area schools. Raising tuition significantly above that competitive level may discourage qualified students from applying, which only hurts the whole community. Shipley has the responsibility to seek additional revenue in order to maintain a reasonable tuition structure. When will I be asked for a contribution to the Annual Fund? In early October, you will receive a mailing that will invite your Annual Fund support of Shipley and your child. We ask that you make your gift or pledge at that time. In November, parent volunteers at each grade level will make follow-up calls to answer your questions and to encourage your participation. These parent volunteers are critical to the success of this vital fundraising effort.

So how much does Shipley expect me to give? The School expects each family to give according to their means, and we hope every family will find a way to help. All families, regardless of any financial assistance they may receive, are asked to participate in the Annual Fund. Each contribution makes a difference in the life of the School and the quality of education that your child receives. Why is participation so important? High levels of participation show School leadership and the surrounding community that parents are willing to invest in their children’s future and support the School’s mission. It signals constituent confidence so the School can reliably move forward with strategic plans. It demonstrates to philanthropic foundations that the School is strong, united, and worthy of outside support. Capital Needs Periodic capital campaigns raise additional non-operating funds for major efforts like new construction and increasing the School’s endowment. These funds can significantly enhance and improve facilities, faculty salaries, and financial aid. Capital contributions are generally pledged over three to five years.

Are we expected to give to both? When asked, we hope that you will support both to the best of your ability. However, because the Annual Fund covers immediate operating expenses, we ask that you make it your philanthropic priority and that capital gifts be made in addition to your Annual Fund gift. What about endowment? Why is that important? Endowment is the School’s savings account and provides long-term financial stability. Annual income from the investment of our endowment is used to pay expenses not covered by tuition, the Annual Fund, or other sources. The endowment provides security for the School’s future and helps to support financial aid, faculty salaries, and professional development.

How can I contribute?
• Cash or Check • Credit Card—We accept VISA®, MasterCard®, and American Express® • Give online at • Corporate Matching Gifts—Many employers will match your contribution. Simply submit a matching gift form (usually available from your Human Resources department) with your gift and the Annual Fund office will handle the processing. You will be recognized for the value of your gift plus any match! • Transferring Securities—Gifts of appreciated property, such as stock, may net you an income tax deduction for the full fair market value. Please contact the Annual Fund office for transfer instructions prior to taking any action.

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about Shipley’s Annual Fund at

Volunteer Participation Opportunities
Shipley strives to improve the quality of campus life by providing programs and events that encourage participation by the whole school community. We welcome parents as our partners in the education of their child. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved at Shipley and we encourage parents to become an active part of our community.

“We know that students do better in a school that is a real community, a school in which they can forge strong relationships with adults. We also know that students do better when their parents, alumni, and other friends are involved in their school. Shipley volunteers are crucial to this process.” Steven S. Piltch, Head of School

Admissions Ambassadors We know that word of mouth is our most powerful marketing tool, and in that sense every Shipley parent is an ambassador for the School. Admissions Ambassadors are a pool of volunteers who support Shipley’s admissions efforts by helping at Shipley Open Houses, sharing their Shipley stories with applicants, congratulating accepted students, welcoming new families, and more. Annual Fund Parents, alumni, faculty and staff, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends work with the Annual Fund staff to raise unrestricted funds. The efforts of over 130 volunteers raised close to $1.4 million in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. Kick-Off Meeting Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:15 am, Beechwood House

Archives Volunteers dedicate time to sort, inventory, and conserve materials from Shipley’s history. Capital Giving Individuals willing to share their fundraising experience are encouraged to work with the Office of External Relations to identity and solicit capital gifts for facility expansion and increasing the endowment. Fine Arts Committee This committee arranges for a different art exhibition each month, displayed in the Upper School Speer Gallery. Well-known local professionals as well as Shipley students, faculty, and alumni are represented. Kick-Off Meeting Monday, September 12, 2011 8:30 am, Brownell Board Room

Green Thumb This group holds plant sales to support the award-winning Shipley Sprouts (Shipley’s student horticultural program). They also decorate the School for each season and provide floral arrangements for special events. Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:30 am, Brownell Living Room In-School Opportunities Help from volunteers is always welcome for activities such as chaperoning a student trip, housing an exchange student, being a class coordinator, helping to decorate for a special occasion at the School, or other special activities in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Winter Teas Upper School parents maintain the Shipley tradition of afternoon tea in the Common Room during the winter months for Upper School students and faculty.

Special Events
Shipley Shops Merchants from many different geographic areas gather in the Yarnall Gymnasium in October to bring together a spectacular array of merchandise for early holiday shopping. The event is open to the public and a portion of vendors’ sales benefit the School. Volunteers coordinate the vendors, catalog ad sales, and staff Shipley’s own booths. Book Fairs Volunteers in Lower and Middle schools hold spring book fairs to support the library. The Book Fair Committees work with book fair vendors to execute these events. Spring Auction Each year, the Shipley community hosts a unique fundraising event to benefit the students and faculty at Shipley. Held in the Yarnall Gymnasium, this event includes silent and live auctions, dinner, and music. Secret Gardens This committee plans and hosts an all-day garden tour in May, which includes a luncheon with selected vendors and Shipley’s Green Thumb boutique. Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:30 am, Brownell Living Room Preview Cocktail Party Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:00 − 9:00 pm Event Dates Thursday through Saturday, October 20-22, 2011

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Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, November 3, 2011 8:30 am, Beechwood House Event Date Friday, April 20, 2012

Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:30 am, Beechwood House Tour Date Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Are you ready to get involved?
Join us and meet others for coffee on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 8:30 am in Beechwood House on the Lower Campus. You may also complete the attached form telling us how you would like to get involved or sign up anytime at and one of us will contact you shortly.

Betsy Hastings Block ´83 Director of Annual Giving 610.581.4655 direct 610.525.3859 fax

Christie Test Moag ´95 Director of Special Programs and Events 610.581.4618 direct 610.525.3859 fax

Liz Engelman Parent of Hannah ’17 and Sarah ’19 My family has been a part of the Shipley community for the past six years. During this time, I have been an active volunteer—as a homeroom parent, a grade coordinator, the Lower School coordinator, co-chair of Shipley Shops, and parent guide for Shipley Today. Throughout all of these experiences, I have enjoyed having the opportunity to meet other dedicated parent volunteers, working with the wonderful faculty and employees of Shipley, and being able to use some of my non-parenting skills for the good of our community. For me, volunteering at Shipley enables me to give back to a school that has given so much to my children and to connect with the wider Shipley community. Betsy Balderston Parent of Caleb ’06, David ’08, and Mark ’11 We give to Shipley out of a sense of gratitude for how the teachers, coaches, music and play directors, and other caring adults in the community have challenged and encouraged our sons to find their own true talents and passions. Shipley prepared them well for college and life beyond; they are compassionate citizens of the world. We also give because we understand the need is real. Tuition alone cannot cover the full costs of the Shipley program, and those of us who believe in what Shipley does have to step up and help close the gap through the Annual Fund.

Dates at a Glance
Fine Arts Committee Kick-Off Meeting Monday, September 12, 2011 8:30 am, Brownell Board Room Annual Fund Kick-Off Meeting Wednesday, September 14, 2011 8:15 am, Beechwood House Volunteer Coffee Thursday, September 15, 2011 8:30 am, Beechwood House Green Thumb Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:30 am, Brownell Living Room Shipley Shops Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:30 am, Brownell Living Room Shipley Shops Preview Cocktail Party Wednesday, October 19, 2011 6:00 − 9:00 pm, Yarnall Gymnasium Shipley Shops Thursday - Saturday, October 20-22, 2011 Yarnall Gymnasium Spring Auction Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, November 3, 2011 8:30 am, Beechwood House Secret Gardens Kick-Off Meeting Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:30 am, Beechwood House Spring Auction Friday, April 20, 2012 Yarnall Gymnasium Secret Gardens Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Annual Fund Closes Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Generous Community Supports Shipley’s Mission
Educating a child requires more than a great faculty and curriculum – it requires generous parent involvement. Parents, grandparents, and others who care about your child’s education are encouraged to participate actively in daily life at Shipley and provide financial support beyond tuition. This partnership of financial support, active participation, and a school with a clear mission and vision spells success for the children you have entrusted to us. Shipley relies on the support and involvement of our entire community – including trustees, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, and parents of alumni. Through coordinated fundraising efforts and special events, we provide a variety of meaningful ways to become involved.

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The External Relations Office, located in Brownell House on the Upper Campus, sponsors and supports volunteer activities for parents, alumni, and others, providing meeting and work space, as well as professional and staff assistance. The Office is responsible for fundraising, alumni relations and programming, parent volunteer efforts and communications (including all schoolwide printed materials, marketing and media relations and the School’s website).

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