The fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, was another successful year for the Alumni & Development Office as we saw continued growth and progress thanks to a committed group of professionals, dedicated volunteers, and loyal constituents. Last year we challenged everyone to think aspirationally about our school and it’s gratifying to see how many did, both internally and externally. Looking ahead, with a new Strategic Plan on the horizon, and several exciting opportunities for the Highlander faithful to impact our people, programs, and place, we look forward to your continued commitment to the evolution of Mr. Gunn’s School.
On June 30 we closed our most successful Gunnery Fund cycle ever, setting a new record for unrestricted gifts totaling $1,425,995. The 1,343 alumni, parents, and friends who made those gifts narrowly missed the participation record of 1,491 donors, which was set in fiscal year 2017 when we reached 100% participation from both the faculty and student body. Leadership gifts to the fund — those exceeding $1,850 for alumni and $1,000 from current parents — accounted for $937,390 (66% of the total) while the vast majority of donors (1,123 donors, or 84%) gave $500 or less, totaling $135,091.
As we’ve noted before, a healthy annual fund is one where a wide range of donors give consistently at the level where they’re most comfortable. To that end, 831 donors gave for at least the second consecutive year, with 307 donors increasing their gift over what they gave in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, 259 donors made gifts for the first time since fiscal year 2017 or before, and 261 donors made their first gift ever to the school.
None of this would have been possible without the committed volunteer leaders who make up our Class Agent team, and of course, the 1,343 donors who gave to the fund. I extend my personal gratitude to each of you for your part in this past year’s success!
Our goal for the 2020 fiscal year is to increase The Gunnery Fund by at least 5% in dollars and to exceed the record of participation set in fiscal year 2017. I invite you to join us to make this possible.
Sean Brown P’22
Director of Alumni & Development