The 2013-2014 Pingry Annual Report on Giving
As we look back on 2013-2014 and celebrate the 153rd year of exceptional accomplishments by Pingry’s students and faculty, we also celebrate the donors who make it all possible. I invite you to read the names and stories of our supporters in this year’s annual report, now available here. I also wish to share with you a vignette from last spring’s information sessions, which I think offers a glimpse into why we feel so much pride for this School:
The 2014 sessions brought nearly 200 people to the Short Hills and Basking Ridge Campuses. During the Q&A—led by a panel of parent volunteers and moderated by new PSPA President Kenny Jahng—a prospective parent asked, “Do you feel that your child’s teachers really know your child?” The panel parents exchanged quick glances, then responded in unison, “Yes!”
Our teachers make the effort, and take the time, to get to know each and every one of our children. This unique student-teacher interaction is what sets Pingry apart, makes a permanent impression on parents and grandparents, and keeps alumni coming back to Campus. It’s also what your gifts support. Our students, above all, are the reason we give, and give generously, year after year. Gifts to financial aid help provide the benefits of a Pingry education to students who otherwise could not attend. Gifts to athletics help ensure that our students can try new things and achieve success in a variety of ways, and yet also be comfortable with failure, surrounded by a staff of talented coaches who teach honor and character as much as technique and fitness. Gifts to the modernization projects underway in Short Hills and Basking Ridge will provide updated, flexible learning environments that encourage the interdisciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas, and facilitate even more interactions between students and teachers. Finally, your gifts to the Pingry Fund supplement faculty support, academic and co-curricular programs, facility enhancements, financial aid, and much, much more—all of which provide our students with the very best environment in which they can learn and grow.
As you will read in Nat’s introductory statement and you will see throughout the report, our donors form an essential link between the pillars of Pingry’s strategic plan—of honor and character, intellectual engagement, inclusion and diversity, and stewardship and sustainability—and the strength of our future. Only with your support can we accomplish the goals we set out for our School, all of which aim to preserve and perpetuate a context in which faculty members are committed to teaching, developing, and truly knowing our children.
Thank you for being such a valued part of our community.
Melanie P. Hoffmann P '20, '27
Director of Institutional Advancement