In February 2021, the Black Alumni Association set out to raise $100,000 in order to establish the Black Alumni Association Endowment Fund at Shipley. The purpose is to provide an annual funding stream to Shipley to support curricular and cultural needs of current Black students and teachers, with a preference for activities and programs that would provide the entire school community with a diverse, African-American experience integral to a shared American experience.
With the support of the Shipley community and the tremendous leadership of Hakiem Coles ’07, the BAA and Shipley proudly announce that the goal of $100,000 has been met and exceeded by about 30%!
“I am ecstatic that the Black Alumni Association, in concert with Shipley, has successfully achieved our goal of establishing an endowed fund at Shipley,” says Coles. “What an opportunity it has been, as the advocate and organizer behind this initiative…The support from everyone has been ineffable. This endowment would have been impossible to attain without the support, empathy, and compassion of over 100 individuals – Shipley alumni from the 1960s and as recent as 2019, teachers (current and former), friends, and family – as well as the generosity of the Halloran Philanthropies and The Shipley School, itself. We did this together!” Coles continues, “This partnership with Shipley has confirmed that there is a generous commitment to promoting and creating everlasting, inclusive, and equitable change for their students. I think the most exciting part of this established partnership is preparing for what the future of this endowment will represent. The real work begins now.”
The Halloran Philanthropies, whose significant gift topped off the Fund, has challenged the BAA and Shipley to continue to build the Fund. Please consider joining them in supporting this effort by making a contribution at any level that is right for you. Thank you for your support!