During the first faculty/staff meeting of the 2021-2022 school year, Jon Jodka, Director of Development, publicly thanked the development team, including Meg Paulson (Associate Director of Development), Stefanie Veneruso (Director of Alumni Relations), Cindy Dill (Director of Annual Giving & Senior Gift), and Jeanine Haberny (Development Data Manager) for their efforts and provided the school with an update on some of the giving milestones from the previous academic year.
Among the highlights were:
Annual Fund giving came in above target at $1.7 million, with 92% parent participation and 100% faculty and staff participation.
Donations to the Class of 2021 Senior Gift nearly reached $1 million to create an endowment to help financial aid families.
An alumnus of the Class of 1950 gave the school $1 million for the St. Luke’s endowment, because, in his words, ”When I needed it, St. Luke’s changed my life.”
An anonymous donor gave a capital gift of $500,000 to upgrade the sound and lighting systems, along with additional refurbishments, in the Seldin Performing Arts Center and the Wyckoff Family Black Box Theater.
A family from the “Parents of Alumni” community established a new endowment for faculty development, nearly 10 years after their children graduated from St. Luke’s.
During the meeting, Jodka said, “In the midst of a global pandemic, when no parents or alumni were allowed on campus, the generosity of our community last year was both humbling and heartwarming.”
Collectively, St. Luke’s raised approximately $5 million in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
St. Luke’s School is a secular (non-religious), 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.