Alumni Giving

Give a Gift to Blake

Alumni giving is integral to Blake's fiscal health and an essential part of sustaining and growing our capacity for providing an excellent education. A meaningful part of the Blake experience and legacy is a generous and philanthropic community of alumni, parents and family. Blake's philosophy of academic excellence complements a culture of consistent giving and community engagement.

Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake

In a spirit of community and continued promise, we invite you to join us as we launch the public phase of Excellence Accelerated: The Campaign for Blake.

Through this $80 million comprehensive campaign, we will be building Blake's future together — with unprecedented investments in our students and families, in our caring and committed faculty, and in the school facilities that shape our memories and experiences.

It's time to think about what we can become as a school and as a community. A time for us to think about what we most value about Blake and what we can become as an educational community. It's a moment to live up to the legacy of generations of Blake, Northrop and Highcroft stewards who made our school stronger, brighter and fuller across our 100-plus-years of history.

We are grateful to the leadership gifts that have allowed us to reach nearly 70 percent of our campaign goal.

Now we are calling on every member of our community to join us in this historic endeavor.

Join us in this transformative initiative.

The Annual Fund

The Blake Annual Fund helps the School to meet 80% of its annual operating costs not covered by tuition. At Blake, tuition is set at 80% of costs and over $6 million in financial assistance is provided to families, essentially allowing for the School to subsidize many rich and meaningful activities.

The Annual Fund makes it possible to provide nearly 30 varsity sports, a robust theatre arts program, a nationally ranked debate program, engineering and programming (starting in Lower School), 10 diverse singing and music groups, 40 student-led clubs, and LearningWorks, Blake's largest service-learning and community-driven initiative, and much more. Without the Annual Fund, tuition would have to increase to cover the cost of these enriching and critical offerings.

That's why gifts of all amounts are vital to Blake, and participation from Alumni are very important. We are thankful for our Alumni donors - over 17% of our Alumni contributed to the 2015-2016 Annual Fund!

Reunion Giving

The Blake reunion tradition includes the meaningful act of honoring and giving back to an institution and community. Reunions represent a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends, dear faculty members and mentors and the school itself. We are proud to say that over Blake's 100+ year history, reunion class gifts have supported campaigns, endowments and financial aid, as well as specific programs and initiatives. By rallying their collective generosity and care for Blake, classmates have not only celebrated their reunion, but also invested in the future of Blake. Reunion giving has bolstered financial assistance for deserving students, enhanced our learning and community spaces, and brought outstanding speakers to inspire our students, faculty and broader community.

Notable Class Gifts

Blake Class of 1981 - Financial assistance
The Class of 1981 Scholarship began with the 1997-1998 school. Year. Several classmates felt that giving to a specific cause would help unify the class and create a stronger tie to Blake. The class designated their fund as a scholarship for an Upper School student of color. The money from the 1981 Fund would go toward the tuition needs for each year that the student attended Blake.

Blake Class of 1985 -- The David B. Goldberg Plaza and Outdoor Fireplace
At the heart of the renovated Hopkins campus, The David B. Goldberg Plaza and Outdoor Fireplace will serve as a frequent destination and gathering place for students and the community to enjoy fireside conversations and personal reflection. The David B. Goldberg Plaza and Outdoor Fireplace will become part of the vernacular of the school and honor the amazing life and legacy of class of 1985 friend and classmate, Dave Goldberg.

Blake and Northrop Classes of 1955 -- Speakers series
As their 40-year reunion approached, the Northrop and Blake classes of 1955 made an unprecedented decision. They chose to join forces and together create a lasting endowment to The Blake School. The Northrop Collegiate School and Blake School Classes of 1955 Annual Speaker Program gives Blake students, faculty and others in the school community the opportunity to be exposed to new voices, new ideas, and new role models. In addition, the program serves as a model to The Blake School community, demonstrating alumni support for the school and as the first example of a new merger of Northrop and Blake classes.

Northrop Class of 1965 - Financial assistance
In honor of their 50th reunion, the alumnae of the Northrop class of 1965 established an endowed scholarship fund. The purpose of the fund is to help support a female student through her Upper School career at Blake. The fund will help enhance the student's Blake experience - through tuition financial assistance, as well as expenses for travel, athletics, debate programs and other co-curricular activities.

Elizabeth Johnson at ejohnson@blakeschool.org, 952-988-3631 or Annie Linvill Seidel '85 at aseidel@blakeschool.org, 952-988-3436.

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