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Stories of Impact and Gratitude

Current ESD Parents Support Endowment: Willingham Family

April and John Willingham P’25 speak to the importance of endowment:

What inspired your family to make a gift to The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas?

Our family loves ESD. We are proud to be a part of this school community and want to see it continue to grow and prosper.

What appealed to you about giving to the endowment?

A strong endowment fund plays a vital role in the future of ESD and we wanted to do our part to sustain the School now and going forward. 

Please describe the purpose of your endowment fund -

Our endowment generates unrestricted support allowing ESD to allocate the resources where they need it most.

What advice would you offer to inspire others to consider establishing an endowment fund?

A stronger endowment will ensure that ESD has the latest resources and capabilities to continue to provide a top tier education for its students.

Grandparent Supports ESD Endowment

Clementine “Clem” Lear GP’24, ’26, ‘28, ‘31 is proud to support the ESD Endowment.

What inspired your family to make a gift to The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas?

I am so proud of my son and daughter-in-law who are serving on the Campaign Committee and wanted to support their efforts. Most importantly, I wanted to honor my four grandsons who are blessed to be ESD students.

What appealed to you about giving to the endowment?

It was important to me to give to the endowment fund which will have a long-lasting impact on students’ lives.

Please describe the purpose of your endowment gift.

The funds generated from my gift are unrestricted to allow ESD the flexibility to invest in top priority needs such as tuition assistance and innovative opportunities.

What advice would you offer to inspire others to consider establishing an endowment fund?

An endowment is a way to provide a long-lasting impact for a specific cause rather than “bricks and mortar” which is certainly important but not financially feasible for everyone.

Multigenerational Gift from Alumnus and Family Endows Student Investment Fund

Wendy and Edward Oglesby '90, Peggy and Richard Allison, Holly and John Oglesby

What inspired your family to make a gift to The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas?

After the death of Bud Oglesby (Peggy’s husband and father of John and Edward), we established a fund at the University of Texas Architecture School to provide an annual travel grant for a deserving architecture student. We all shared a profound sense of regret that we hadn't done it while Bud was still alive and could have enjoyed seeing the impact of the modern version of the travel award to Scandinavia he had won that had been such a formative event in his life and career. Thus we decided to make this gift now. Peggy, who has loved math all her life, is fascinated by the stock market and has managed the family's investments for some 50 years. The Oglesby/Allison Student Managed Investment Fund is an avenue for students to participate firsthand in that world. With Edward an alumnus and current parent and Peggy an early board member, ESD was the proper place.

What appealed to you about giving to the endowment?

We wanted the student fund to be an opportunity for students now and on into the future. Giving to the endowment was the only way to ensure that this donation would continue providing benefits perpetually.

Please describe the purpose of your endowment fund:

The most important purpose is for students to learn about, and become comfortable with, making decisions about investments. The payout from the Oglesby/Allison Student Managed Investment Fund will be split between the general operating needs of the school and the enrichment of the math department.

What advice would you offer to inspire others to consider establishing an endowment fund?

Speaking from our own experience, don’t wait - do it now so that you can witness the effects over time of your donation.

The Mathes Family Continues Longtime Support to ESD Endowment

The Curtis Mathes Teacher Endowment was established in 1985 by Mrs. Melinda Mathes in loving memory of her husband.

Whitney and John Mathes '93 P'23,'25,'27,'30 are all in for The Campaign for ESD:

What inspired your family to make a gift to The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas?

We were honored to get involved in the Campaign, at a critical point in the life of ESD, to finally unite the Lower, Middle and Upper School communities on one campus. Bringing all of the students and faculty together will be instrumental in strengthening the deep and enduring sense of community at ESD.

What appealed to you about giving to the endowment?

Giving to the endowment is a great way for families to support the school and help lessen dependence on tuition dollars to fund operating costs. Growing the endowment is the best way to ensure the long term success of the school for future generations.

Please describe the purpose of your endowment fund.

The Curtis Mathes Teacher Endowment is intended to bolster the school's ability to attract and retain the best teachers and empower them to educate and inspire a love of learning among ESD’s students.

What advice would you offer to inspire others to consider establishing an endowment fund?

Establishing an endowment fund allows a family to specifically select the area of the school that they are the most passionate about and offer direct support to that purpose. If you give now, you get the added benefit of seeing your gift’s legacy take seed and grow as your kids are a part of the school community.

Current Parents Support ESD Endowment

Current parent, former board member and alum Brian Rawson '96 P’26, ’29, speaks to endowment:

What inspired your family to make a gift to The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas?

ESD being the school that I graduated from, and that our kids currently attend, it was important to our family to give back to the school that has done so much for us.

What appealed to you about giving to the endowment?

The endowment is a permanent legacy that assists the school financially and provides the resources necessary to make The Episcopal School of Dallas the best school in Texas.

Please describe the purpose of your endowment gift.

Our gift is unrestricted providing flexibility with the funds generated to serve the School’s top priorities and help secure the future for our students, faculty, and programs.

What advice would you offer to inspire others to consider establishing an endowment fund?

Giving to the endowment empowers our school to deliver the best education possible to our children and fulfill ESD’s mandate to ignite lives of purpose.

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