The Campaign for North Campus: Growing Community, Building Dreams is an important fundraising effort in Friends School’s history. It brings to life the community’s long-term goal of opening a middle school and expanding our existing facilities at South Campus.
We realize that making this dream a reality requires unprecedented generosity and support from the entire Friends School community. We also know that by accomplishing the campaign’s goals, we will advance Friends’ School to new levels of excellence among Colorado independent schools.
Your deeply appreciated support shows your commitment to take ownership in an effort that will shape the future of Friends School and its students.
For many years, the Friends community asked for more space and a middle school. In April of 2016, dreams became a reality when the School purchased the former Jewish Community Center at 3800 Kalmia Avenue in Boulder. The property’s two buildings, which needed considerable renovation, are the home of our new middle school and will soon house our administrative offices and Teacher Preparation Program, which will free up much-needed space at our South Campus. For independent schools like Friends, capital campaigns are standard practice in fundraising for not only infrastructure improvements but also many other specific needs.
Friends School's Campaign for North Campus will be funded through tax-deductible donations from every part of the school community: parents, alumni, alumni families, grandparents, trustees, staff and local businesses
We are committed to the modest goal of $600,000 at a minimum but are reaching higher to provide the best North Campus and middle school possible. We believe that families who have received, and continue to receive, so much from our school will want to invest in the future of Friends’.
Thanks to the generosity of several donors, we have raised $439,000 as of October 17, 2016. Many volunteers and staff also gave countless hours of their time to make this dream possible. We’ll keep you apprised of the campaign’s ongoing progress through the thermometer on the website.
The Friends School Community Board Advancement Committee, chaired by Diane Hullet, and Lou Bendrick, Friends Director of Development, are conducting the Campaign for North Campus with the Community Board’s approval.
Yes, the Annual Fund and Campaign for North Campus are separate fundraising endeavors. The Campaign for North Campus is a special, one-time fundraising opportunity, whereas the Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our annual fundraising initiatives that raise money to close the gap between tuition and expenses. While we always want the Annual Fund to be the first fundraising priority for our community, we hope you will dig deep and make a contribution to both at this exciting point in Friends School’s history.
No. Tuition increases will not be used to pay for the buildings. Our tuition increases are carefully considered and contemplated by our Finance Committee and then proposed to the Board for approval. Friends School makes every effort to maintain reasonable increases while simultaneously trying to cover ever increasing salary and benefit costs for faculty and staff. Because we strive to keep our tuition increases minimal, we ask for Annual Fund donations to help cover the remaining operating costs to run the school. In fact, once the middle school is fully enrolled, it will provide greater financial stability by funding a significant portion of the current fixed cost structure, thus reducing the need for sharper tuition increases in the future.