Taft Community Shows Unprecedented Level of Support

Annual Giving Sets New Record

  • What does it take to be Taft?

  • It takes consistent, deep, and broad support from our great Taft community.

  • The school is thrilled to announce that the 2015–16 Annual Fund raised a record $5,063,593—our first time exceeding $5 million in annual giving—including a record $2,265,510 from 43% of alumni. Imagine the impact we could have if a majority of alumni were to make gifts! The Parents’ Fund had another terrific year, too, raising $1,854,794 from 93% of current parents. On behalf of the entire Taft community, we must express our sincere gratitude to all of our wonderful volunteers for helping to make these achievements possible: Class Agents; the Parents’ Committee; Dylan Simonds ’89, Annual Fund Chair; Sawnie and Jim McGee P’14, ’16, Parents’ Fund Chairs; Jean and Stuart Serenbetz P’03, ’06, ’09, Chairs of the Former Parents’ Fund; and Joanie Dayton and the late Bob Dayton ’60, Chairs of the Grandparents’ Fund. Needless to say, at the heart of this remarkable success are the many generous donors from every corner of the Taft community who know what it takes to be Taft. They continue to proudly set an example for others to follow, and for that we are deeply grateful.

  • Highlights of 2015–16

  • The Class of ’66 celebrated a terrific 50th Reunion and contributed a record-breaking $356,507 to the Annual Fund (as well as an additional $134,700 in capital campaign commitments). The Gift Committee, chaired by McKim Symington and Chip Cinnamond, and their many generous peers were rewarded for their efforts by winning both the Snyder Award and the Chairman of the Board Award.

  • The Class of ’91, led by Pete Bowden, in addition to winning the Spencer Award, broke the records for 25th Reunion giving and participation—raising $93,265 from 57% of the class. The Class of ’06, led by Su Yeone Jeon, and the Class of ’11, led by Nick Auer and Sara Guernsey, broke the school records for highest participation in the 10th and 5th Reunion years, respectively, while the Class of ’14, led by John MacMullen and Rosey Oppenheim, won the competition between Taft’s youngest four classes for highest participation.

  • In June, our newest alumni in the Class of ’16, led by Maggie Luddy and Teddy Zoellner, officially broke the school record when an outstanding 97% of the class committed to making their four-year pledge to the Annual Fund!

  • The Classes of 1996 to 2015, at both Taft and Hotchkiss, competed November 9–13, 2015, to achieve the highest alumni participation in the Annual Fund. Taft had beaten Hotchkiss in the previous three young alumni participation challenges, but fell short in this competition by just one donor! The final score was Hotchkiss at 18.64% and Taft at 18.62%. The loss notwithstanding, Taft’s young alumni should be very proud of all they accomplished in five days, and they deserve our thanks for their effort and generosity.

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