Windward is a dynamic college preparatory school that challenges each student to achieve excellence in a nurturing, inclusive community. Windward teachers, parents, and administrators work together to inspire our students to be responsible, caring, well informed, ethical, prepared, and well balanced young adults.
The Windward community is a vital component of supporting this Mission. All parents, alumni, grandparents, and parents of alumni are encouraged to support Windward by participating in a wide range of Philanthropic Giving and Gift of Time & Talent opportunities.
The Windward campus and programs enjoyed today are the result of the generosity of those who came before. Today’s Windward community is responsible for ensuring a strong future for the next generation of Windwardians.
The Annual Fund
supports our community by providing substantial funding for Financial Aid, Faculty Betterment and Program Enhancements. Tuition, alone, does not cover the actual cost of educating each student; gifts to the Annual Fund help bridge that gap. Like all independent schools, Windward relies on contributions to the Annual Fund every year from trustees, parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff.
Major Gifts, often called Leadership gifts, are large contributions, usually in the six-, seven- and eight-figures, that are used to make significant capital improvements to facilities and programs. Windward is deeply grateful to those with the ability to give and commitment to philanthropy who can step forward and set an example of generosity for the entire community.
Gifts to endowment are an investment in the long-term financial health of Windward School. Endowment Funds are held in long-term investments with the principal remaining untouched, which creates a permanent source of revenue for the school. An endowment fund is structured to grow over time through reinvestment of interest and dividends earned.
Most independent schools conduct capital campaigns once or twice per decade in order to meet needs the school cannot pay for out of tuition funds. Campaigns support major projects such as new campus construction and renovations to maintain state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, many campaigns include an endowment component designed to support facilities and programs long into the future. Thanks to Windward’s last Capital Campaign, completed in 2011, students today benefit from the programs and resources available in the Science, Dance & Music Center and the Center for Teaching & Learning.
The Planned Giving
Bridge Circle was formed to honor those who desire to leave a lasting legacy and have included Windward in their estate plans. The Bridge Circle encourages donors to think beyond their lifespan to make sure that the mission and vision of Windward continues and thrives.
Corporate matching gifts provide a wonderful opportunity to increase your contribution to Windward School. Check with your human resources department to see if your employer will match your contribution.
The Gift of Time & Talent
Participation in school life has been the cornerstone for the Windward experience since the School’s founding in 1971. With your time and talent, you can impact the Windward students and the community in many ways.
The Parent Guild
Windward parents are automatically members of the Parent Guild
. The Parent Guild’s volunteer programs strengthen the Windward community, enriching the social, cultural, educational and fundraising activities of the School.
Advancement Volunteers work with fellow parents to secure much needed philanthropic support for the school and help educate the parent body about the School’s exciting programs and initiatives. Many volunteers work on the Annual Fund each year and others are involved in capital and endowment fundraising and event planning, including alumni events, Spring Event and the JFD Windward Golf Classic.
The Windward Network
The Windward Network
leverages the collective wisdom and social networking of the entire Windward community to open doors, facilitate mentorships, and enhance the careers of our Windwardians. We encourage all members of the Windward community to participate in the Windward Network. There are so many ways to get involved, including having coffee with an alum, offering a student an internship, and speaking at an event.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer your Time & Talent, please contact Director of Development and Special Events Lindsay Knaub in Advancement Office at 424-289-1050.