The Momentum Campaign is a comprehensive fundraising initiative to attract, retain and inspire teachers… to ensure the best student outcomes.
St. Luke’s is currently in the fourth and final phase of the larger overarching $75.5M Momentum Campaign, which was launched in 2007 and will close in 2020 with the successful completion of Phase IV.
Phase I of the Momentum Campaign (2007-2010) established the Board-Designated Quasi-Endowment and increased St. Luke’s overall endowment from $10.9M to $14.9M.
Phase II of the Momentum Campaign (2010-2011) enclosed the courtyard, built the Dining and Fireplace Commons, the Center for Leadership and the Christine Noyer Seaver Global Classroom. The middle school classrooms were renovated. The George E. Stevens Horizons Prize Endowment was also established.
Phase III of the Momentum Campaign (2011-2015) built the New Science Wing, Black Box Theater, Be Kind Plaza and Class of 2014 Front Portico. The Class of 2012 Center for Leadership Speaker Series Endowment was established, as was the Class of 2013 Student Life Endowment, and the Tracy B. Duncan Innovation Award Endowment.
This final phase of the Momentum Campaign (2015-2020) focuses on investing in teachers, and includes facilities($15M), endowment ($12M) and Annual Fund ($9M) components.
A comprehensive campaign is an all-inclusive fundraising effort, encompassing Annual Fund, Senior Gift, facilities and endowment initiatives. Donors may make a pledge to St. Luke’s that includes support for all or some of the School’s fundraising initiatives. Our purpose in conducting a comprehensive campaign is to create the opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with as many families in our community as possible and to work with you on a personal level to plan your giving to St. Luke’s.
While schools often think of individual fundraising initiatives as being separate and apart from each other, St. Luke’s has come to understand that many of our donors view their giving to St. Luke’s in the aggregate. The Momentum Committee hopes that this all-inclusive approach to fundraising will make giving to St. Luke’s easier and more rewarding for our donors.
The St. Luke’s Board of Trustees charged the Momentum Committee with envisioning the St. Luke’s of 2020 and beyond.
Through extensive conversations with faculty, staff, alumni, and parents, it quickly became apparent to the Momentum Committee members that the St. Luke’s community places an incredible amount of value on our faculty.
To invest in our faculty, we needed to understand what matters most to them. What do they value? What brings deep professional satisfaction? What enables them to be exceptional teachers?
The answers to those questions are the strategic priorities of the final phase of the Momentum Campaign.
Our future depends on our ability to attract, retain, and inspire exceptional teachers who have a passion for teaching and are deeply about students. By investing in our teachers, the Momentum Campaign will ensure that St. Luke’s students will benefit from a forward-thinking faculty within a dynamic learning environment. Our goal is to attract, retain, and inspire exceptional teachers… to ensure the best student outcomes. We will accomplish this through two paths: Growth & Recognition and Environment.
Teachers thrive when they feel valued and respected. Like their students, they crave the opportunity explore and grow. By providing them with resources, opportunities, and encouragement to develop, they will be empowered to bring their best to each moment of teaching.
Initiatives to promote faculty Growth & Recognition include:
Faculty Development Fund - $1M
This fund will be a tool to strategically retain top faculty, encourage growth of subject expertise and cultivate teaching and learning at St. Luke’s.
Rotating Endowed Chairs (3) - $3M
These Chairs will serve as St. Luke’s highest academic faculty award, recognizing diverse talent and providing stipends for honorees.
Robust Annual Fund - $9M
The Annual Fund (accounting for 8% of the operating budget) drives the St. Luke’s experience by supporting daily life for students and faculty, bolstering salaries & benefits, and funding professional development opportunities.
Great teaching and learning happen in an environment that suits learning goals. In this final phase of the momentum campaign, St. Luke’s will expand the main academic building, breathing energy and new possibilities for learning into the humanities, visual arts, the library and designLab. We are cognizant that environment includes more than just physical spaces. It encompasess emotional well-being of those who work and interact at St. Luke’s, and who feel the impact of working in a diverse and compassionate community.
Initiatives that enhance the St. Luke’s Environment include:
Facilities Development - $15M
The new addition will bring an expanded visual arts program back to the main academic building, reinvent our library, enlarge the Fab(rication) Lab and build light bright collaborative spaces for Upper School history and English departments.
Unrestricted Board-Designated Endowment - $6.5M
This quasi-endowment ensures competitive salaries & benefits and enables the St. Luke’s Board of Trustees to respond flexibly to faculty and program needs as they arise.
Richard Whitcomb Endowed Scholarship Fund - $1.5M
The scholarship honors and carries forward the legacy of beloved Headmaster Emeritus, Richard Whitcomb by providing financial support for talented students and helping to ensure a diverse student body at St. Luke’s.
Currently, 16% of our students receive some level of financial assistance. Under Mark Davis’ leadership, total aid awarded has increased from $977,000 in 2002-03 to a budget of $3.3M for 2017-18. The number of students receiving aid has grown from 57 to 92 during that same timeframe.
We continue to raise funds to support our scholarship programs. Some of these funds are supported through endowment, such as the Whitcomb Endowed Scholarship Fund, while other scholarships are funded on an annual basis. As part of this campaign, we aim to grow the corpus of the Whitcomb Endowment by an additional $1.5M (to a total fund of $5M) and fundraise for annual financial assistance gifts as part of the Annual Fund goal.
St. Luke’s current construction project will add ten classrooms, both in the Humanities Wing and the Library spaces, as well as a reimagined Library, a Library Cafe and 4 stories of Art space. The lowest level of the building will house a state-of-the-art Fab(rication) lab.
The new facilities will be flexible and adaptable spaces for teaching and learning ideal for a variety of teaching styles including Harkness methodologies as well as hands-on and project-based learning.
In total, this construction project will add 26,000 sq. ft. of new space and will renovate 12,000 sq. ft. of existing spaces.
While the new humanities classrooms will serve Upper School History and English classes, the Art classrooms, Library, Fab Lab and Lounge will serve both Middle and Upper School students.
This is the biggest construction project in the school’s history and when completed, will mark the successful close of the master facilities plan, developed in 2007.
During construction, the Upper Field, home to St. Luke’s softball and field hockey programs, will be used as a staging area of construction vehicles and materials.
While construction presents a challenge, St. Luke’s is agile! We have our plan in place and head into the season with excitement.
During construction, our softball programs will have access to two on-campus facilities while also utilizing the nearby facilities of the Town of Lewisboro. Alternative options for the 2018 season are already being investigated.
To make the next couple of seasons work, all of our spring programs will be sharing spaces, modeling a cooperative environment, and creating every opportunity for all teams to have fantastic experiences.
Our field hockey program will have the expansive space of Watson Field (our stadium field) that will serve as the home for a majority of our field hockey activities in the fall.
While an inconvenience to lose the Upper Field, playing more on artificial turf will be an opportunity for the program.
The Athletic Department is constantly evaluating new options to best support all of our athletics programs.
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.