Successful implementation of the Strategic Directions will require turning our aspirations into actions that will lead to tangible results. We have generated an enormous set of useful ideas that will augment the progress Maret has made in recent years. More important than these ideas themselves are the people who will be responsible for the energy and resources needed to bring them to life.
Establishing a Named Fund
Interested donors will work with the School to create a fund or select a facilities naming opportunity.
Designated named endowment funds should provide adequate income to support the restricted purpose. Named gift opportunities begin at the $100,000 level. The Fund or space will not be officially named until the full gift is received.
For more information, please contact Director of Development Sally Dunkelberger at 202-939-8811 or email@example.com
Maret has made significant strides in building our endowment, which has grown from $12.7 million in 2011 to over $30 MILLION TODAY. Currently, endowment and special funding account for over 4% of Maret’s operating budget. Our endowment growth has made an immediate impact on the quality of education and teachers at Maret. As we move toward our next strategic plan, we seek to increase Maret’s endowment funding in four distinct areas: Program Innovation, Financial Aid, Faculty, and Equity and Inclusion. Endowment gifts may be restricted to a currently endowed fund or used to establish a new fund. Donors can make an outright gift, pledge a gift over multiple years, or make a bequest to support endowment.
Endowment provides permanent resources for today, which enable our school to look toward tomorrow with a sense of wellbeing. With endowment, the principal of the fund is preserved and income generated through careful investment can be directed to the School’s budget each year. The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the investment and spending policies of the endowment.
Whether it’s a new way to nurture creativity, upgrade technology in the classroom, or increase opportunities for faculty training and development, endowment income will provide the means to keep Maret at the forefront when it comes to dynamic, innovative education.
Professional development and programs for our faculty are a priority at Maret to make certain that our teachers are given the time and space to grow and continue to bring a thoughtful, dynamic and innovative approach to teaching. Our faculty are engaged, life-long learners, committed to integrating the best educational research and practices to ensure Maret students obtain essential skills for success in the 21st century.
At every grade level, our students receive a broad and deep educational experience that allows them to cultivate individual strengths and interests. With interconnected initiatives and efforts woven into the fabric of our school, the Maret community’s commitment to equity and inclusion runs deep. Our work is targeted at ensuring a sense of belonging and success for all students regardless of background, experience, or skill set. As outlined by the 2014-15 Equity Task Force and implemented by the School’s Committee on Equity and Inclusion, there are several areas of focus that reflect our comprehensive commitment. These initiatives further the capacity of students, faculty, and families to work across differences, breakdown stereotypes, and build community that is truly equitable and inclusive. Charting our course forward requires expanded funding, and endowing these efforts will ensure Maret’s ongoing progress and support of our community.
Currently Endowed Funds
- Ava and Neal Gross Fund
- The Arlene Rabinowitz Fund
- Case Institute for Curricular Innovation & Excellence Fund
- Davies Program Fund
- The Davies Program
- Kimberly Kara Kline Scholarship Fund
- Institute Endowment for Upper School Projects
- Lainoff Enrichment Fund
- Edward E. Ford Foundation Fund
- Environmental Education Fund
- Faculty Fund
- Financial Aid Endowment
- Fishman Fellowship Fund: Maret Fellows
- General Endowment
- Joshua T. Bibbs Fund
- Judy Bacon Endowment Fund
- Lawrence Athletic Fund
- The Leeds Diversity Initiatives Fund
The Arlene Rabinowitz Fund was established in 2018 by family, friends, and students of Arlene Rabinowitz to honor her memory and deep commitment to helping all students thrive. Generous with her time, Arlene was a masterful teacher and tutor who forged meaningful relationships built on trust. An advocate and mentor, she cared about the whole child, nurtured talent, instilled confidence, and celebrated successes. This Fund provides tutoring resources to those students on financial aid who would benefit from such individualized support to help them realize their full potential.
The Institute was established in 2008. In 2011, it was renamed the Case Institute for Curricular Innovation & Excellence upon full endowment funding through a matching gift challenge grant from Steve and Jean Case, during the Second Century Campaign. This Fund supports our unique summer professional enrichment program that allows faculty to work together focusing on curriculum development. The 2011 summer Institute included 45 teachers working on nine projects for the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
The Special Aid Fund was created in 2008 to provide non-tuition assistance to Maret students on Financial Aid. In 2011, the Fund was increased and renamed the Davies Program Fund to help create and support Financial Aid Endowment Gifts to this endowed fund are used to support the School’s overall financial aid budget which supports 24% of Maret’s students.
This special fund was established to provide more interactive and special enrichment opportunities for students in the Lower and Middle Schools at Maret. These unique learning experiences are particularly effective in fostering a love of learning and inspiring students to explore new topics of study—whether it is in the performing or visual arts, academic curriculum, or other fields.
In 2017, the Garcia Family Spotlight Foundation established the Joshua T. Bibbs Fund for Latino and First Generation American Students. The purpose of this permanently restricted endowment is to provide financial and special aid assistance to support Latino and/or first generation American students to ensure that these students feel a sense of belonging at Maret and have the resources available to them to help ensure their success at the School.
The Judy Bacon Endowment Fund was established in May 2016 by her family to honor Judy Bacon's long-time dedication to Maret, its financial aid program, and its talented and deserving students. This Fund supports Maret’s special aid budget, providing non-tuition assistance to students on financial aid.
Created in 2006 with a gift from an appreciative family, this fund provides financial support for faculty professional development opportunities pertaining to the integration of multicultural curriculum and specific programming which support diversity initiatives. The intent of this fund is to foster faculty innovation and collaboration and optimize the educational experience for students of color and their peers, ensuring that Maret remains a leader in educational equity and inclusivity.
- Library & Center for Inquiry Endowment Fund
- Malone Family Foundation Endowment for Gifted Students
- Maret Emergency Fund
- Maret Equity & Inclusion Fund
- Maret Memorial Fund
- Mark Berkowitz Fund
- Marques A. Williams Fund
- Mehri Fund for Middle School Service Learning
- Peter A. Sturtevant Colloquium Fund
- Program Innovation Fund
- Reader's Digest Endowed Scholarship
- Service Learning Endowed Fund
- Special Aid Fund
- Spraggins-Maley Fund for Non-Teaching Faculty
- Study Skills Fund
- Thomas Prize for New Teachers
- The Welters Family Fund for Equity & Inclusion
- William Randolph Hearst Fund
Established with a grant from the Malone Family Foundation in 2003, this financial aid endowed fund supports gifted students in grades seven through twelve through our Malone Scholars program. Malone Scholarships are need-based, and students must meet high academic eligibility standards. This is Maret’s second largest endowment fund and supported five students in 2010-11.
The Marques A. Williams Fund was established in 2007 in memory of Marques Williams, Maret class of 1999, by his family and friends. The fund supports financial aid grants for Maret’s Sanibel program celebrating Marques’ love of science and embracing his joy of life as a student and teacher at Sanibel.
Established in 2016 through the generous support of the Mehri family, this Fund celebrates Maret’s commitment to service learning, which fosters meaningful partnerships with other organizations and directly supports the School’s core educational Mission. This Fund support all facets of the service learning program in grades five through eight to foster this essential element of the middle school experience at Maret.
This fund was established in 2010 to support program innovation. Whether it is a new way to nurture creativity, upgrade technology in the classroom, or increase opportunities for faculty training and development, gifts to this fund will provide the means to keep Maret at the forefront when it comes to dynamic, innovative education.
Maret’s Special Aid Fund provides assistance for recommended or required non-tuition expenses for our students receiving financial aid. It helps offset costs for tutoring, textbooks, school-related trips, SAT/ACT test prep, team uniforms, yearbooks, and more. This fund furthers our mission to foster all of our students’ talents and build community that is equitable and inclusive.