Annual Report 2019-2020

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Annual Report 2019–20

A letter from Head of School Dan Paradis:

The Park Fund makes an extraordinary education possible through the generosity of Park School parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, Trustees, employees, and friends. This essential fund impacts the life of every student, now more than ever. The fiscal year 2019-2020 was full of difficult, unexpected challenges, yet our community came together to support our students and teachers. The Park Fund brought in a remarkable $1,635,869 in unrestricted donations. We are filled with gratitude for your partnership and your commitment to Park’s highest fundraising priority.

It is important for me to note that The Park Fund has played — and continues to play— a significant role in providing immediate support for students and families impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The downturn in the economy required families to ask for new or increased tuition assistance support, and the school quickly addressed those needs. The transition in spring to distance learning required additional investment in new and necessary technology, including laptops, iPads, WiFi connectivity, document cameras, and more, so that students and teachers could stay connected and engaged with the right tools.

Our school is stronger today because of the leadership and generosity of Park Trustees. I would like to acknowledge both current and former Board members, who contributed $100,000 towards a Trustee Challenge Match. All new and increased gifts in support of The Park Fund received a dollar for dollar match, leading to more than $100,000 in new and increased gifts. This successful initiative, now in its sixth year, continues to inspire donors to make a gift for the first time or to stretch and give more than the year before.

Park alumni also gave generously this year, especially during fall’s #GivingTuesday campaign. A $10,000 incentive match from the Trustee Challenge pool honored the first 98 students enrolled at Park in its opening year of 1912. With a goal of 98 gifts, more than 150 alumni participated.

Then, the world shifted. On March 30, Park launched distance learning in response to the pandemic. The faculty, staff, and administrators worked tirelessly to help students and families succeed in this new learning model. The dedication of Park employees inspired the spring challenge, #GivingTuesdayNow, as the school honored and celebrated the exceptional work of faculty and staff. A generous $10,000 offer from the Board matched the first 200 gifts to The Park Fund, and we received more than 130 gifts and over $45,000. A selection of messages from community members — supporting and praising teachers and staff for their unwavering commitment — can be found later in this report.

I am continually inspired by our remarkable volunteers, who found time to make calls and write notes to help raise money for the school. Thank you to the many volunteer groups for their leadership and efforts to support The Park Fund, including the Alumni Council, the Grandparents’ Committee, the Parents’ Association, and The Park Fund Club.

And finally, my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Park community for your spirit of generosity, your encouragement, and your dedication. In addition to gifts towards The Park Fund, we received $1,525,113 in restricted giving, which greatly benefits our endowment and the long-term sustainability of Park School.

Thank you for helping to make a Park education possible.

With gratitude,

If you would like to read the entire Fall 2020 Cross Currents magazine, click here.

All figures reflect outright gifts of cash, securities, or realized bequests received between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Pledges made, but not paid during this period are not reflected here. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If there are any comments, suggestions, or corrections, please contact the Development Office at or 410.339.4142.

It is the policy of The Park School of Baltimore, Inc. to admit students to carry out its admission and education policies, scholarship and loan program, academic, athletic, and other school-administered programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, or sexual orientation. It shall further be the policy of The Park School of Baltimore, Inc. that all employment decisions, from hiring through termination, will be based on an impartial judgment of the individual’s capabilities and professional qualifications without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee’s duties.