Parent Giving

Parent Engagement

The Emma Fund

The Emma Fund supports the high-priority needs throughout the campus and inspires the people and programs that make Emma Willard School unique. It allows us to enroll the best and brightest students because of our robust financial aid budget while also bringing the finest faculty to Mount Ida. The Emma Fund ensures that Emma Willard’s Crew team competes with the best rowers at Nationals. It helps fund the great variety of clubs, such as Robotics, Speech & Debate, and Mock Trial, so that participants 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 world, with all the latest technology. The Emma Fund secures a distinctive Emma Willard School experience.
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Please consider supporting The Emma Fund today.
A strong and lasting relationship with our families is a distinctive quality of the Emma Willard School experience. Whether you live near or far, we are delighted to offer you a variety of opportunities to participate in our community. From attending events and welcoming new families to providing students with the wisdom of your experience and participating in the Emma Fund, we are most grateful to our families who contribute to empowering our students through their active engagement, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

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 Fall Family Weekend and at least one other time during the school year (in person or virtually), Association members receive updates and a closer look at current priorities and topics of discussion at the School.

Jennifer Carraher
Chair of PEP for 2021-22
Mother of Cassandra '22

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  • 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' Social Network

    • Provide an opportunity for casual interaction amongst our parent community
    • Offer a place for new members of the parent community to learn about the parent experience at Emma Willard School
    • Help parents navigate the obstacles of being a high school parent
  • Partner with the Experiential Learning Team

    • 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
PLEASE NOTE: All visitors to campus must check in with Campus Safety, which can be found at the red flag entrance to Sage Hall (Pawling Ave. entrance).

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