Each year our New Parents Appeal reaches out to all new families entering the school to raise funds in support of the Campus Master Plan.
In the words of Mariangela Brutti, Director, Advancement, “this appeal is the backbone of fundraising at Crofton House – it provides context to our spirit of giving and helps to build important relationships between parents and the School. Every year, we meet with the approximately 100 families who are new to CHS, encouraging each to support the School in a way that is meaningful to them, with the goal of achieving 100% participation.”
This unique approach of individual meetings, with parent volunteers attending to connect and share their experience, sets Crofton House apart. By choosing to maintain a donor-centred approach to fundraising, our parents are able to ask questions about the fundraising priorities of the School, how to make donations, what to expect in the long term and the advantage of supporting a not-for-profit.
Understanding that today’s students benefit from the forward thinking and generosity of past parents, the New Parents Appeal supports the Campus Master Plan. Current donations help meet capital needs and ensure that the campus and facilities will continue to support innovative programs and the evolving needs of a progressive school.
Over the past decade, the incredible generosity of the CHS community allowed the rebuilding of the our campus and furthered the deep culture of giving. That now continues through our Annual Fund.
The CHS Annual Fund provides the opportunity to support CHS through:
- CHS Bursary Program Fund – The Bursary Program helps remove financial barriers for girls applying to Grade 8 who would benefit from and contribute to the CHS experience. Supporting the Bursary Program is the first priority of the Annual Fund.
- CHS General Fund – Alternatively, you may choose to direct your support to the more general needs of the School.
The Annual Fund was reintroduced in fall 2017 and received an excellent response. Over 60% of funds raised went to support the CHS Bursary Program, removing financial barriers for girls wanting to attend Crofton House. The remaining funds were used to refresh Chan Hall, the Junior School gym, and to support the Senior School music program through the purchase of new instruments.
Since its inception in 1997, the Golf Classic has steadily evolved and expanded to become a signature fundraising event for the School. The Golf Classic continues to succeed, due to the outstanding participation of parents, past parents, alumnae and friends of CHS and the organization and leadership of the Golf Committee.
In 2017, the Golf Committee committed to raise $1 million in support of the new bursary program by 2020, which will provide financial assistance to extraordinary girls entering Grade 8, who show the courage, creativity and citizenship embodied at Crofton House. To date, $496,437 has been raised toward this goal.
The Crofton House Gala is a special way for our community to come together and recognize important milestones. The School’s fourth gala, 2019 Gala: Beyond Extraordinary, was held on March 2, 2019.
The evening was an opportunity to celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. Patricia Dawson and her 19 years as Head of School, while raising funds for the Dr. Patricia Dawson Bursary Fund. The event was an overwhelming success and we are pleased to announce that the Gala, including gifts to the Dr. Patricia Dawson Bursary Fund, raised $1,000,000. Thank you to everyone who participated and made it an evening to remember.
The spirit of giving at Crofton House School continues to deepen each year and, as you will see reflected in this Report on Giving, 2017-2018 was no exception.
Dr. Jessie Gordon: A bold vision
Over a century ago, Dr. Jessie Gordon founded Crofton House School with a bold vision of educating girls to become confident, capable and accomplished young women.
Today, Crofton House girls are a part of a welcoming and inclusive community. They come to a beautiful 10-acre campus that has been purposely designed to meet their needs. As we watch each girl reach her own unique potential, we can see how our tradition of giving has helped her realize her dreams.
“I am continually inspired by the commitment and generosity of the Crofton House community. Without their support, time and expertise our school would not be what it is today.”
Mariangela Brutti | Director, Advancement
Crofton House School
3200 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6N 3E1