COURAGE FOR THE DEED;
GRACE FOR THE DOING
The Shipley community has a wide range of ways for parents, local alumni, and non-local alumni to share their skills and ideas.

For Parents

List of 11 items.

  • Encourage Parent Giving

    Each year, every parent is asked to support Shipley through the Annual Fund. You can help Shipley increase dollars raised as well as participation by contacting other parents and asking them to join you in supporting the School. Outreach is initially conducted through letter, with follow up made by phone and/or email. To help, contact Mary Ellen Keyser, Director of Parent Giving: 610-581-4670 or mkeyser@shipleyschool.org.
  • Engage Other Parents

    Parent Coordinators help facilitate effective communication between home and School and work to build a volunteer community. They support each division as requested, with specific responsibilities defined by the Division Head. Parent Coordinators help manage parent involvement in class, division, and all-school activities and events. Note: In Lower School, there are also Homeroom Parents who are managed by grade-level Parent Coordinators. If you are interested in serving as a Parent Coordinator or a L.S. Homeroom Parent, contact the appropriate Division Head. After considering all interested parents, the Division Heads make the final selections.
  • Join an Event Committee

    There’s a role for everyone, and an event that’s right for you. Whether you have a few hours to share, or can take on a leadership role, our events depend upon volunteer support and the proceeds support Shipley students and programs. To learn more about the events below, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

    Shipley Shops (October)
    Shops from all over the country gather together to bring a spectacular array of merchandise for early holiday shopping. Parents, alumni, and others volunteer in many different ways at The Shops and staff Shipley’s own booths.

    The largest fundraising event of the year, Spring Auction generates funds that further enhance the Shipley educational experience. Held in Yarnall Gymnasium, the event includes silent and live auctions, food, live music, and lots of fun.

    This all-day tour of private gardens is held in a different area each year. The committee plans and hosts the tour, which includes a luncheon with selected vendors and Shipley’s Garden Boutique.

    Golf Classic (June)
    This event, held at White Manor Country Club, needs volunteers to help recruit sponsors and to assist on the course during the outing.
  • Offer a Testimonial

    You support Shipley; tell others why you do. Whether you are a committed annual fund, capital campaign, or planned giving donor—or all three!—Shipley could use your ‘voice’ to help others follow your lead. Testimonials can be two-to-three sentences or two-three paragraphs, and they are generally featured both in print and online. To help, contact Betsy Hastings Block ’83, Associate Director of Development for Parent Engagement: 610-581-4655 or bblock@shipleyschool.org.
  • Photograph Sporting Events

    If you regularly attend and take photographs at Shipley athletic events, please share them with the School for use in publications and on the website. To help, contact Melissa Tassoni, Assistant Director of Communications: 610-581-4651 or mtassoni2@shipleyschool.org.
  • Promote the Arts

    Members of the Fine Arts Committee work closely with Chris Wagner, Head of the Fine Arts Program, to seek out new and unique artists to exhibit their work in the Speer Gallery over the course of the school year. The annual schedule consists of seven shows, including at least one alumni show and one student show. Committee members work closely with the artists and Development Office to coordinate the logistics of each show, including installation and dismantling, artist receptions, and communication details. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 ormfairfield@shipleyschool.org.
  • Prepare Your Favorite Goodies

    Afternoon tea by the fire is a Shipley tradition that takes place on Wednesday afternoons in the winter months for Upper School students, parents, and faculty. Parents coordinate baked goods for the Winter Teas and promote this special tradition at Shipley. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.
  • Share Your Love of Books

    The Lower and Middle School Book Fairs are held in the spring to benefit the library. A large selection of books from the students’ summer reading lists, best-sellers, and books for the entire family are available. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 ormfairfield@shipleyschool.org.
  • Spread the Good Word About Shipley

    Shipley Ambassadors reach out to the greater community (and potential new families) to tell the Shipley story and use word of mouth to market the School to others. To help, contact Sue Manix, Director of Marketing and Communications: 610-581-4658 or smanix@shipleyschool.org.
  • Support and Encourage Diversity

    The Multicultural Parents’ Association promotes diversity and inclusiveness throughout the School. MPA welcomes all parents and guardians of students, as well as alumni and friends of Shipley, and volunteers organize cultural and athletic events designed to bring the community together. To help, contact Chet Blair, Co-Director of Community Life: 610-525-4300, ext. 4189 or cblair@shipleyschool.org.
  • Use Your Green Thumb

    Green Thumb volunteers decorate the school entrances and supply floral and/or plant arrangements for special events. Green Thumb supports the Annual Spring Plant Sale on campus as well as the Plant and Flower Sale held during the Secret Gardens tour. Proceeds from these sales support Shipley’s award-winning student horticultural program, Shipley Sprouts. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

For Local Alumni

List of 10 items.

  • Encourage Alumni Giving

    Each year, more than 1,000 alumni support Shipley through the Annual Fund. You can help Shipley increase dollars raised as well as participation by contacting other alumni and asking them to join you in supporting the School. Outreach is conducted through letter, phone, email, or a combination thereof. To help, contact Ethan Dubow, Director of Alumni Giving: 484-380-4743 or edubow@shipleyschool.org.
  • Engage with Students

    Do you have the ability to judge a mock business plan for an Honors Economics student? Can you offer career advice to a budding computer programmer? Are you willing to share your journey from shy English student to published author? Shipley students love to hear and benefit from your real-world perspective in an area they love learning about and/or may be considering as a career. To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 or akopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Find Lost Classmates

    At any one time, approximately 13 percent of Shipley alumni are “Lost” to Shipley. You can help these alumni reconnect with Shipley and with their classmates and other alumni by providing Shipley with their current address and other contact information. To help, contact Jennifer Murphy Devine '98, Alumni Coordinator: 610-525-4544 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org.
  • Host an Alumni Reception

    Whether you live in Philadelphia or elsewhere, you can help Shipley connect with its alumni by hosting an alumni reception. These events generally take place in an alumna/us’ home or at a club, restaurant, or other venue with which he/she is familiar. Shipley takes care of inviting alumni in a particular area and collecting responses; the alumna/us takes care of refreshments for approximately 15-35 attendees. To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 orakopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Host your Reunion Class Party

    Every five years, your class celebrates a reunion during Alumni Weekend, typically held the first Friday and Saturday of May. Alumni who live close to Shipley can be helpful by hosting their Class Party on Saturday evening. Depending on the class and reunion, hosts can expect to have between 10 and 30 guests. Some hosts underwrite the party, others ask for a small per-person contribution (payable to Shipley and reimbursed to the host). To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 or akopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Join an Event Committee

    There’s a role for everyone, and an event that’s right for you. Whether you have a few hours to share, or can take on a leadership role, our events depend upon volunteer support and the proceeds support Shipley students and programs. To learn more about the events below, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 or mfairfield@shipleyschool.org.

    Shipley Shops (October)
    Shops from all over the country gather together to bring a spectacular array of merchandise for early holiday shopping. Parents, alumni, and others volunteer in many different ways at The Shops and staff Shipley’s own booths.

    The largest fundraising event of the year, Spring Auction generates funds that further enhance the Shipley educational experience. Held in Yarnall Gymnasium, the event includes silent and live auctions, food, live music, and lots of fun.

    This all-day tour of private gardens is held in a different area each year. The committee plans and hosts the tour, which includes a luncheon with selected vendors and Shipley’s Garden Boutique.

    Golf Classic (June)
    This event, held at White Manor Country Club, needs volunteers to help recruit sponsors and to assist on the course during the outing.
  • Offer a Testimonial

    You support Shipley; tell others why you do. Whether you are a committed annual fund, capital campaign, or planned giving donor—or all three!—Shipley could use your ‘voice’ to help others follow your lead. Testimonials can be two-to-three sentences or two-to-three paragraphs, and they are generally featured both in print and online. To help, contact Elizabeth Kolb, Associate Director of Development for Alumni Engagement, 610-581-4654 or ekolb@shipleyschool.org.
  • Participate on the Alumni Council

    The Alumni Council supports Shipley by engaging and cultivating Alumni to create a vibrant, involved alumni community that is emotionally and financially invested in the School’s success. Council Members serve as well-informed, enthusiastic ambassadors of Shipley to Alumni and the community at large. Council members participate in selection of annual Alumni Awards winners. If interested in being considered for nomination to the Alumni Council, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 or akopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Promote the Arts

    Members of the Fine Arts Committee work closely with Chris Wagner, Head of the Fine Arts Program, to seek out new and unique artists to exhibit their work in the Speer Gallery over the course of the school year. The annual schedule consists of seven shows, including at least one alumni show and one student show. Committee members work closely with the artists and the Development Office to coordinate the logistics of each show, including installation and dismantling, artist receptions, and communication details. To help, contact Melissa Fairfield, Director of Parent Programs and Events: 610-581-4618 ormfairfield@shipleyschool.org.
  • Promote Social Media Connections

    Increasingly, Shipley relies on social media to connect with its alumni and to connect alumni with one another. The Social Media Team helps to promote news about and important messages from the School by using their own social media connections to share Shipley’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and email messages. To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 orakopp@shipleyschool.org.

For Non-Local Alumni

List of 7 items.

  • Encourage Alumni Giving

    Each year, more than 1,000 alumni support Shipley through the Annual Fund. You can help Shipley increase dollars raised as well as participation by contacting other alumni and asking them to join you in supporting the School. Outreach is conducted through letter, phone, email, or a combination thereof. To help, contact Ethan Dubow, Director of Alumni Giving: 484-380-4743 or edubow@shipleyschool.org.
  • Engage with Students

    Do you have the ability to judge a mock business plan for an Honors Economics student? Can you offer career advice to a budding computer programmer? Are you willing to share your journey from shy English student to published author? Shipley students love to hear and benefit from your real-world perspective in an area they love learning about and/or may be considering as a career. To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 or akopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Find Lost Classmates

    At any one time, approximately 13 percent of Shipley alumni are “Lost” to Shipley. You can help these alumni reconnect with Shipley and with their classmates and other alumni by providing Shipley with their current address and other contact information. To help, contact Jennifer Murphy Devine '98, Alumni Coordinator: 610-525-4544 or jdevine@shipleyschool.org.
  • Host an Alumni Reception

    Whether you live in Philadelphia or elsewhere, you can help Shipley connect with its alumni by hosting an alumni reception. These events generally take place in an alumna/us’ home or at a club, restaurant, or other venue with which he/she is familiar. Shipley takes care of inviting alumni in a particular area and collecting responses; the alumna/us takes care of refreshments for approximately 15-35 attendees. To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 orakopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Offer a Testimonial

    You support Shipley; tell others why you do. Whether you are a committed annual fund, capital campaign, or planned giving donor—or all three!—Shipley could use your ‘voice’ to help others follow your lead. Testimonials can be two-to-three sentences or two-to-three paragraphs, and they are generally featured both in print and online. To help, contact Elizabeth Kolb, Associate Director of Development for Alumni Engagement, 610-581-4654 or ekolb@shipleyschool.org.
  • Promote Social Media Connections

    Increasingly, Shipley relies on social media to connect with its alumni and to connect alumni with one another. The Social Media Team helps to promote news about and important messages from the School by using their own social media connections to share Shipley’s Facebook, LinkedIn, and email messages. To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 or akopp@shipleyschool.org.
  • Provide Goods or Services

    Shipley's Spring Auction is the largest fundraising event of the year - with both a live and silent auction as part of the evening. Donate experiences, services, or goods to be sold to the highest bidder! There are also many elements to hosting alumni events - catering, centerpieces, music, food and/or beverage, which you could donate to help underwrite the event - if you can't personally attend an event you could still be instrumental to making it a success! To help, contact Ashley Kopp, Director of Alumni Programs and Events: 610-581-4656 or akopp@shipleyschool.org.