On July 1, the Chase Collegiate School Board of Trustees announced the successful completion of their $15 million Cornerstone Campaign Two. Representing the single largest fundraising initiative in the history of the 147-year-old institution, the Trustees expressed appreciation for the generosity of alumni, parents, friends of the School, foundations and corporations.
“‘Cornerstone Campaign Two has been an exciting and transformative period for Chase Collegiate ,” Maggie Smith ’69, of Morris, Campaign Co-Chair and proprietor of Winvian in Morris, CT. “By surpassing the $15 million mark, we have attained the Campaign goals of enhancing our facility and growing our endowment, thereby solidifying Chase’s position as a distinguished institution in the greater Waterbury community.”
The following are highlights of the Campaign:
- Doubling the School’s endowment to $11 million.
- Renovating and expanding the Upper School to accommodate 220 students, enabling 60% growth in Upper School enrollment and incorporating environmentally responsible features such as passive solar design, high efficiency products and mechanicals and 288 solar panels.
- Strengthening the athletics program by renovating and reconfiguring the School’s playing fields, constructing softball and baseball and adding three new rowing shells.
- Enhancing and renovating every major campus facility including classrooms and computer labs, Garthwait Dining Room, campus entrance and pathways and Fulkerson Arts Center.
- Constructed an outdoor classroom pavilion by the School pond.
- Tripling in size The Copper Beech Society, Chase’s planned giving program.
In addition, the School announced additional Campaign-funded improvements. This summer, functional renovations are planned for McTernan Centennial Library, enabling the upper level to better serve Chase's youngest students. Constructing a new Campus Maintenance Center, freeing up land for a future Early Childhood Center will be undertaken this fall.
Under the strong leadership of Campaign Co-Chairs, Maggie Smith ’69, of Morris, Hi Upson ’46 of Washington and Ellen Walsh, Parent ’01 & ’04, of Plantsville, the Campaign experienced significant milestones. Launched with a lead gift of $1 million, the top gifts included an additional $1 million gift, an anonymous $2 million gift and five $500,000 gifts.
For nearly 150 years, committed benefactors have nurtured Chase Collegiate School’s values and traditions. Through each gift of time and money, generations of families have helped to define our future. Once again, the financial support from members of the Chase community has secured these same traditions of excellence for future generations,” Headmaster John Fixx said.
Director of Development, Krista Coletti reflected on the timing of the Campaign. “When we launched Cornerstone Campaign Two in 2006, our entire focus was on new and updated academic facilities; an improved campus appearance; and endowment and annual fund growth that would support our dedicated and expert teachers and continually enrich the student experience. That the Campaign succeeded despite the recession strongly reflects the tremendous support and belief many people have for Chase Collegiate School and its students.”
Cornerstone Campaign Two promptly followed the completion of Cornerstone Campaign One, which ran from 2000 until 2006 and raised 13.1 million to renovate Chase’s main building, expand Camp Hall for Kindergarten through grade 5 students, complete numerous safety and traffic related projects, change the School’s name to more accurately reflect its Prek-12 independent day school identity, and update the School’s Long-Range Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan.
Chase Collegiate School is a co-educational independent day school serving students Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. Our 47 acre campus, located in Waterbury, CT educates 460 students from over 50 different communities. Our mission is to educate tomorrow’s leaders and inspire in each student a lifelong passion for learning, personal achievement, and contribution to the community.
Pictured is the new Upper School Wing and Linky's Place.