Thank you so very much for your generosity to Virginia Episcopal School during the $40 million Tommy Battle decade and particularly in 2019-20 when we have needed you more than ever before.
It will never be possible for me to adequately thank you for supporting our school during this time of national crisis and uncertainty. VES remains deeply humbled that 2,643 members of our community gave our school $6.2 million at a time when peer schools missed annual goals or relied on small groups to bridge deficits.
These 2019-20 results make us immeasurably proud:
- 2019-20 was the second-best fundraising year on record for participation, annual fund, and total dollars given to VES.
- 91% of parents made gifts. We are especially thankful to the parents of the Classes of 2020 (seniors) and 2023 (freshman), who tied with 96% parent participation.
- 34% of alumni made gifts. VES also owes a special debt of gratitude to the Class of 1977 for beating its own giving participation record (79%); to the Classes of 1940 and 1941, which demonstrated the best William King Society participation (100%); to the Class of 1981, which had the most total donors (42); and to the Class of 2000, which gave the most money on Give Day ($86,000).
Your generosity on our April 8 #everyonegiVES Day shattered records in both number of participants (2,386) and new money raised ($650,330) at a time when we needed you most.
As all over the globe, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to touch VES in a very human way, as private philanthropy provides 21% of VES’ annual operating budget. I have never been more proud as a Bishop to report that your donations not only helped balance our toughest budget in a decade but also provided $3.7 million toward construction of Pannill-Smith Hall—our future Humanities building—and added nearly $1 million in new commitments to The VES Endowment & Trust.
Your gifts mean everything to VES and challenge us to continue to provide an exceptional and safe learning environment during these unusual times.
With deepest appreciation,
Henry Clarke ’03
Director of Development