Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hamlin raising money for?
Hamlin’s vision calls for a once in a lifetime physical transformation of our Lower School building, the addition of an outdoor teaching terrace, the unification of our three-building campus, and endowment support for our extraordinary faculty and increased access to ensure that the best and brightest girls are able to join the Hamlin community. This is the campaign that will make the key difference to Hamlin girls for generations to come.
How will the campaign enhance teaching and learning at Hamlin?
Every day, Hamlin girls participate in learning in a way that allows them to constantly make connections between and among a variety of disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach has become a hallmark of the Hamlin educational experience, and we are excited to allow our program to drive the spaces in which our girls learn. At Hamlin, teaching is active and dynamic, and the space will reflect that philosophy. This campaign provides an opportunity to harness our community’s collective energies and resources to build Hamlin girls the innovative and unified campus for which they are ready, and have been for years.
How much has been raised to date?
We have currently raised nearly $60 million, and we continue to seek leadership gifts and broad participation from our community to raise the total funds needed to achieve our full vision for Hamlin's future in a single phase. In fact, we already have much to celebrate. Thanks to the generosity of the Hamlin community, we have funded our endowment to increase salaries of our faculty to affirm the transformational work they do. This critical adjustment brought the salaries of Hamlin faculty among the upper quartile of our peer schools and enables Hamlin to remain competitive in hiring and retaining top faculty from around the country.
When is this happening and where will the girls be while the building is under construction?
Hamlin broke ground on the building project immediately after the 2019-2020 school year ended. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, until it is deemed safe by authorities, students will be learning online. As soon as we are safely able to begin onsite instruction, Middle School students will return to Stanwood Hall and our Lower School students will relocate to the Presidio of San Francisco, where students will experience a joyful, robust, and nurturing year of learning alongside the magnificent animals, greenery, museums, art, history, and culture of the Presidio.
Why support a building project that I or my daughter won’t get to experience firsthand?
In 1928, the purchase of Stanwood Hall was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. Stanwood and the collective pooling of funds from the school's faculty and staff. Similarly, today's Hamlin girls are the beneficiaries of the generosity of generations of families before them who gave to earlier campaigns. Our current capital campaign presents an exciting opportunity to "pay it forward" to the future Hamlin girls in an extraordinary way. We have benefited from prior Hamlin campaigns, and it's our great privilege to leave a legacy for future Hamlin families with this one. Your gift, regardless of size, will help us get one step closer to achieving our vision.
Not to mention, can anyone say "Alumni volleyball games and open mic nights?" We look forward to welcoming our alumni community to enjoy the new campus as part of our long term plan for use of this incredible space.
What about the Annual Fund? Should I give to this effort instead?
With great vision comes extraordinary commitment and courage, and we understand and recognize that the journey over the next two years is going to be an adventure in so many ways. Our Love, Hamlin campaign will take us all to succeed, and this year we will be inviting our entire community to be part of this historic effort.
As we work to secure the resources necessary to make our shared vision a reality, it is important to maintain your giving to the Annual Fund even in the midst of our capital campaign. When the time comes, please consider gifts to the Love, Hamlin campaign as special contributions while committing to your current level of annual support for our school and supporting school events at a level that is meaningful to your family.
How can I learn about naming opportunities?
Hamlin has always celebrated the accomplishments of women and the generosity of our community. As such, we invite those who give at or above a certain threshold the opportunity to name spaces in honor of influential women in history and their families. For specific information about naming opportunities related to the project, contact Lauren Thornhill (email@example.com).
This is exciting! I’d like to get involved.
Thank you! We are at a pivotal moment in our school's history, as we come within reach of our audacious vision for an increased endowment and a transformed campus. We are thrilled you want to be a part of this.
Please contact our Advancement Manager for Annual and Capital Campaigns, Darian Rosengard (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will share ways to get involved in this important effort.