Frequently Asked Questions

What gifts count toward the campaign?
Excellence Accelerated includes directed gifts to the endowment initiatives and capital projects that are outlined in the campaign priorities. Excellence Accelerated is a comprehensive campaign, meaning it also includes gifts made to the Annual Fund from fiscal years 2014 through 2018.

How can I make a gift?
Blake accepts gifts online, by mail or over the phone. We also accept stock transfers. Please remember that you can take your time in making a campaign gift by considering a multi-year pledge.

What is the difference between the Annual Fund and the Comprehensive Campaign?
The Annual Fund supports programs and activities at the core of the Blake experience. These funds allow the most flexibility to address consistent and emerging needs in educating our students.

The comprehensive campaign represents one of the most ambitious projects in Blake's history. With your support, we will dramatically increase investments in student excellence, faculty development and our campus environment. Excellence Accelerated is a comprehensive campaign that includes and recognizes endowment, capital and Annual Fund gifts made during the campaign timeframe (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018). Each donor will be recognized at a level reflecting their total giving to each of three areas outlined above.

While gifts to the Annual Fund no longer count towards the campaign goal after July 1, 2018, we ask every family to be part of supporting Blake’s mission with a gift to the Annual Fund.

We ask every family to start their Blake philanthropy with a gift to the Annual Fund. We hope, too, that each family will be inspired to stretch their giving during this historic year, whether through an increased gift to the Annual Fund or an additional gift to one of the campaign priorities.

How will my gift be recognized?
All donors will be recognized in our annual report published each year. Total gifts of $50,000 or more will be included on our Excellence Accelerated donor wall.

Are there naming opportunities available?
There are many opportunities within the campaign to include your name, or to honor someone with a named space or endowment fund. Our naming microsite will provide a complete visual overview of the opportunities available.

What makes Blake a special place?
Emmy-award winning documentarian Larkin McPhee Perese explores the impact a Blake education has on its students, families and teachers in this video.

Who can I contact for more information?
Rebecca Schubring
Chief Advancement Officer (952) 988-3432
rschubring@blakeschool.org

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