A Grand Show of Support

More than a thousand donors participated in Pomfret’s Day of Giving.


One thousand twelve members of the Griffin community — alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, friends, and grandparents — donated $453,248 to the Pomfret Fund in twenty-four hours on Pomfret’s Day of Giving. Their generous donations support students starting out on their journey to become the next generation of change makers and problem solvers. The theme for the day — It Started Here — emphasized the important pivotal moments alumni experienced at Pomfret that led them to their journey of success in college and beyond.

The donations made on the giving day were amplified by numerous challenges and matches. A challenge by an anonymous alumna from the 1980s set the tone for the day; she pledged a $50,000 gift if 1,000 donors participated. In memory of Annette Friedland, great grandmother of Philip '23, Samuel '24, and Joseph '24 Kravitz, current parents Susan and Robert Kravitz matched gifts with a $20,000 donation. This match helped pave the way for substantial participation by current parents, who took the top four spots on the parent's leaderboard. Midway through the day — inspired by the outpouring of support — Malik Ducard ’91 and his wife Althea challenged 250 more donors to participate in Pomfret’s Day of Giving by pledging and ultimately donating an additional $25,000 gift. Alumni from numerous classes also challenged their classmates by matching their donations, leading to a tight race between the classes. 

Members of the Class of 2023 and 2024 grab a coffee with Griffy.

The Class of 1988 and Class of 2022 tied for the top spot on the class leaderboard, with the Class of 2023 coming in a close third. The Class of 2022 joined the current students who came out in record numbers to support the School. Their participation was most likely fueled by a spirited call to participate during the school meeting and on-campus coffee truck. 

"Everyone's unique journey — that started here — is reflected in the 1,012 unique donors who showed their support on the Day of Giving," said Director of Annual Giving and Constituent Programs Johanna Mawson. "We are so grateful for each and every member of our community."

Learn more about the Day of Giving here.

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