Capital Campaigns & Endowment
Capital gifts represent an investment in Friends' Central's future by providing funds to build and maintain facilities, support faculty development, enhance the student financial aid budget, and build endowment. These gifts are given over and above Annual Giving contributions and are often satisfied over a number of years.
The willingness of parents, alumni/ae, and friends to support capital projects has made much of what Friends' Central offers possible. The Fannie Cox Center, the Shimada Athletic complex, Joey's playground, our faculty professional development and sabbatical programs, and much of our financial aid program have all been provided through the generosity of capital donors.
The current focus of fundraising at Friends’ Central is on endowment for faculty professional development, endowment for financial aid, the Friends’ Central Fund, and building projects (Reimagining Shallcross and the Ulmer Family Light Lab).
For more information about Capital Giving, contact the FCS Development Office at 610-645-5039.
The Ulmer Family Light Lab
This project resulted in the refurbishing of the old Carriage House on the Lower School campus into four new teaching and learning spaces featuring natural sciences, fabrication, media and computing, and design. Each of the rooms was designed to facilitate the hands-on, experiential learning FCS has pioneered since our founding. The Ulmer Family Light Lab embodies a timeless approach to great teaching, provides the next level of excellence for students, and keeps the Lower School at the forefront of Maker Education. Thanks to Bev and Rich Ulmer ’60 and their family for providing the lead gift for this project.
Reimagining Shallcross Hall
Construction has begun on the project that will transform Shallcross Hall into a true hub of student life, with a state-of-the-art dining area creating more useable space and bringing forward the latest and best thinking on nutrition and health. The new teaching kitchen will enhance opportunities to learn about food access and preparation. In addition to the dining hall, the entrance at the front of Shallcross Hall will be warmer and more inviting, and once entering the building, an enhanced art gallery space will offer an improved area for displaying the stunning visual arts at FCS.
Endowed gifts are made to Friends' Central School and invested to produce ongoing income. Often, these gifts are made to create funds that will support a School priority, like financial aid or faculty support, in perpetuity. The School’s endowment is carefully overseen by the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees. Each year, about 5% of a rolling three-year average is used by the School to support faculty, students, and programs. Many generous and loyal friends of the School have established endowed funds at Friends' Central School.
Depending on the wishes of the donors, endowed gifts are earmarked as unrestricted or restricted. Restricted gifts may be used to support financial aid, faculty salaries, professional development, or another area of the donor's interest. They may be named after the donor or in memory or honor of someone of the donor's choosing.
If you are interested in creating an endowment, or supporting an existing fund at Friends’ Central School, please contact the Development Office at 610-645-5039.