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Why Give to the Milton Fund?

The Milton Fund is the School’s top fundraising priority. Whether you graduated one year ago, or will be celebrating your 80th Reunion this spring, your gift to the Milton Fund has a direct impact on current students and faculty. These unrestricted contributions provide critical resources that allow the Academy to be nimble and meet our students’ most pressing needs, act on new initiatives, and ensure the excellence of every aspect of the Milton experience. Every year, the Milton Fund accounts for 7–10% of the School’s operating budget, and supports Milton’s academic programs, faculty development, technology enhancement, facilities upgrades, financial aid, and student life. In this way, your contribution is your opportunity to help shape the experience of every Milton student.

WHY SHOULD I ASK MY CLASSMATES TO GIVE?

By asking your friends and classmates to join you in making a gift, you are leading by example and serving as an inspiration to others. Your personalized outreach will inspire much greater generosity than would a letter, or call, from a Milton staff member. Your outreach through phone calls, letters, emails, and meetings with your classmates, asking for their support, is the most important job you can do as a volunteer.

Participation in the Milton Fund is also an important measure of alumni attitudes toward Milton Academy. Alumni giving rates are points of pride and measure the health of our school. Annual gifts from alumni therefore serve as a continuing endorsement of the Academy, strengthening its visibility and prestige worldwide. There are many worthy causes which deserve our support. But one student, educated in the Milton tradition, can positively affect an untold number of lives.

WHY ARE UNRESTRICTED DOLLARS NEEDED?

Tuition and fees cover 72% of the full cost of educating a Milton student. This gap of over $14,000 is filled by generous gifts to the Milton Fund and endowment income, giving each student a “hidden scholarship.” In other words, when you were attending Milton, your education was subsidized by past donors, even if you were paying full tuition. We now need your help to continue presenting this advantage to current and future Milton students.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR THE 2019-20 MILTON FUND?

The 2019-20 Milton Fund began on July 1st, 2019 and will end on June 30th, 2020. The goal for fiscal year 2019-20 is $5 million, with 30% alumni participation.

In 2019-20, the Milton Fund achieved a total of over $5.2 million. Significant increases in leadership giving from alumni, parents, and friends have spurred the Milton Fund on to new heights.


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