As we observe the 50th anniversary of welcoming young women as students to School Year Abroad, we will honor and celebrate the women of SYA during the 2020-2021 school year. It was a revolutionary move in 1970 for girls to be educated alongside boys, and especially in a foreign country. Many of the New England boarding schools, including SYA’s three original founding schools, had not yet become fully coeducational. But SYA has never been about maintaining the status quo.
Women have been historically generous to SYA. Two alumnae sisters (Natalia ES’86 and Veronica FR’81 Bulgari) and their family made the first million-dollar gift to SYA in 2011 to establish The Halsey Fund. Of the 26 donors currently committed at $100,000 or more to our first-ever comprehensive capital campaign, The Campaign for SYA, eleven of them are women. Those eleven women have given a collective total of more than $3,502,000.
Now in the last months of fundraising for The Campaign for SYA, there is an opportunity for the women of SYA to showcase their deep commitment to SYA at new levels. And the need has never been greater.
Our goal, by June 30, 2021, is to raise a total of $7,000,000 in gifts and pledges to The Campaign for SYA from women in the SYA community. This goal is purposefully ambitious because we know that when women come together for a common cause, the potential for impact is tremendous.
To achieve this goal, we are initiating The SYA Women’s Giving Initiative. We are asking at least 20 women to give at the leadership level of $100,000 or more to raise a total of approximately $4,800,000 in leadership gifts. The remaining $2,200,000 will come from women in the community who may not give at the leadership level, but who want to make a difference in the lives of SYA students through their financial support.
The Impact of Women’s Leadership
In addition to making a strong statement about the commitment women have to SYA’s mission, collective gifts of $7,000,000 will be significant in providing a strong financial foundation for SYA’s future. And every leadership gift of $100,000 or more will be matched at 25% through the Alvarez Multiplier Match.
As SYA strives to deepen our commitment to excellence through The Campaign for SYA, your dollars will directly influence our ability to provide student aid, support our incredible faculty, and engage students in an innovative place-based curriculum. The legacy you leave will serve as an inspiration for all students of SYA who follow in your footsteps.