Parent Giving

Parent Engagement

The Emma Fund

The Emma Fund supports the highest priority needs throughout the campus and bolsters the people and programs that make Emma Willard School unique. This allows us to enroll the best and brightest students because of our robust financial aid budget while also bringing the finest faculty to Mt. Ida. It lets us offer that unusual class that can’t be taken anywhere else. It ensures that Emma Willard’s Crew Team competes with the greatest rowers at Nationals. It helps fund the great variety of clubs we have on campus so that The Robotics Club, or Speech & Debate, or Mock Trial can travel to successfully compete throughout the Northeast. It spurs friendships that will last a lifetime. It allows all of this to happen on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, with all the latest technology. It makes the Emma Willard School experience distinctive.

Our world is changing and requires the type of leadership that is at the heart of the Emma Willard School experience. Your gift Empowers Her Leadership, so she can Empower Her World. Please consider supporting The Emma Fund today!

Parent EMbassadors Program

Members of the Parent EMbassadors Program (PEP) serve as a resource to Emma Willard School’s administration as well as to current and prospective families. At meetings held on campus each October, during Fall Family Weekend, and at least one other time during the school year (in person or through teleconferencing), PEP members receive updates and a closer look at current priorities and topics of discussion at the School.

Steve and Denise Gonick 
Co-Chairs of PEP for 2019-20
Parents of Katie ‘16 and Jenn ‘20

List of 4 items.

  • Fundraising in partnership with the Advancement Office

    Association members are called upon to:
    • Set a standard for Parent Philanthropy by making an Emma Fund gift or commitment that is meaningful and significant for them. Doing so raises the bar for others and engenders confidence in asking other parents to give
    • Encourage and cultivate philanthropic participation of other parents
    • Advise, when requested, Emma Willard School Advancement on strategies around parent philanthropy, including giving, asking, joining, and serving
    • Thank families for their gift – this solidifies the personal relationship between the donor and Emma Willard School and helps encourage future philanthropy
  • Admissions in partnership with the Admissions Office

    Parent volunteers are an important regional resource to families going through the independent school search and the admission process. Members will be asked to:
    • Outreach to new families entering or considering joining the Emma Willard School community
    • Attend events with prospective families, including participating in Best Fit Days on campus
  • Parents Education Series, guided by the Academic Dean

    • Guided by the Academic Dean, participate, promote and engage the Emma Willard School philosophy on education and parenting through the education series to other current parents.
    • Extend the education from Emma Willard School to home for reinforcement of that philosophy.
  • Parents as Partners

    • Partner with the Director(s) of Practicum and Signature, Assistant Director of Student Life and Director of Service Learning on special projects and initiatives
    • Attend Spring Showcase (May) where student work and experiences will be highlighted

Contact Us

Matthew Slaughter
Associate Director of Annual Giving
Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

By email:

By phone: 518-833-1775
285 Pawling Avenue, Troy, NY 12180 | P: 518.833.1300 F: 518.833.1815
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