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75 By 75 Parent Challenge Making a Difference

What’s so special about December 19? Besides being the day before the day before Winter Break begins, it’s the 75th day of school. It is also the target date for the McDonogh Fund to reach its goal of 75% parent participation. Now in its second year, this effort is known as the 75 By 75 McDonogh Fund Parent Challenge.

“Strong parent participation is the key to a successful annual fund,” explains Tyler Ebeling, Director of the McDonogh Fund. “It supports nearly every aspect of student life, and provides the resources for faculty professional development, which keeps McDonogh on the cutting edge of independent school education.”

As parents of two alumni and a current junior, Dawna and Don Christian, the McDonogh Fund Parent Chairs, have the long view of how a student’s experience can be enhanced by gifts to the annual effort. “We are particularly grateful that among the many lessons our children have learned is the importance of service and giving back. It has been a joy to watch our children and their classmates grow into thoughtful, capable young adults of exceptional character.”

They continue, “Giving to the McDonogh Fund each year is our way of saying ‘thank you’ and ensuring that the school continues to offer the best possible education.”

Ebeling notes that another exciting component of the 75 By 75 Challenge is a generous matching gift of $75,000 from the Kassap family and three other McDonogh families. “Parents who make a gift or pledge now will see their contribution matched dollar-for-dollar up to $75,000,” he says. “Last year, this proved to be a real incentive for parents to support the McDonogh Fund now, rather than wait until later in the year.”

To make a gift to the McDonogh Fund’s 75 By 75 Parent Challenge or to follow the progress as we get closer to the December 19 goal, click here.