Providence Day Launches Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

PDS Announces $15.1 million raised toward $27 million “transformational” initiative

It’s been 15 years since Providence Day School engaged in a significant capital campaign. That all changed on September 21, when the school celebrated the launch of the public phase of the Charging Forward comprehensive campaign. The Charging Forward campaign is a projected five-year, $27 million initiative with three investment priorities: capital projects, endowment, and Annual Fund.

Head of School Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw, Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Benjamin Robinson, and National Campaign Chair Cathy Bessant made the announcement in front of an estimated 750 faculty, parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and community leaders in the campus’ Mosack Athletic Center.

“What a remarkable moment in time this is for our school and the Providence Day family,” said Cowlishaw.  “We are here to celebrate how far we’ve come, and the incredible opportunities on the horizon for this community.  It is time to write the next chapter in our history.”

The Charging Forward campaign’s three capital projects include an Academic Center, Campus Gateway building, and a parking deck.  Officials also seek to double the school’s endowment and grow the Annual Fund, which supplements each year’s operating budget in support of student programs, campus resources, and faculty professional development.

The $27 million comprehensive campaign is the largest fundraising goal undertaken in the school’s 45-year history. The ‘quiet’ phase of the campaign has generated more than $15.1 million in commitments, just over two years from the official start of the project.    

 “The scope of Charging Forward and the progress made already reflect the enthusiasm and passion our parents, alumni, alumni parents, and grandparents have for this school,” said Bessant.  “We believe the community benefits from the quality character and leadership of our graduates, and this campaign demonstrates our very real commitment to continue that proud tradition.”

“The Charging Forward campaign is indeed a bold effort for our school and our community,” acknowledged Cowlishaw. “At its successful conclusion, the Charging Forward campaign will be transformational for our campus and for future generations of students.”