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Giving Circles

Giving Circles

All giving circle members receive special recognition in the annual report; those in the Faculty Circle or above are invited by the Head of School and Board Chair to an Annual Fund leadership event in the spring. Donors in the Meeting Circle and above are also invited to a reception at the Head's home.

List of 10 items.

  • $25,000 and above - Founders Circle

    In 1748, members of the Monthly Meeting of Friends in Wilmington resolved to support a local school. These early leaders contributed payment vouchers and charitable bequests to ensure that children of all socioeconomic statuses received schooling. Providing for education has remained a natural outgrowth of the Quaker commitment to community betterment and the belief that there is “that of God” in everyone.
  • $15,000-$24,999 – Friends Circle

    Leaders in the school community invest generously in what makes Friends unique: dedicated and caring teachers; global learning skills for a changing future; values of respect and community; and opportunities to grow, lead, and make the world a better place.
  • $10,000-$14,999 – George Fox Circle

    George Fox (1624-1691) was the founder of the Religious Society of Friends and one of the earliest advocates of universal education––for girls and boys, including people of color, and regardless of religion or financial circumstances.
  • $5,000-$9,999 – Meeting Circle

    The original 25-foot by 25-foot Wilmington Monthly Meeting House served as the first location of Wilmington Friends School. Students were taught at this site on Quaker Hill for 189 years, with both the building and enrollment growing quickly over time through the support and financial initiative of the Friends community.
     
  • $2,500-$4,999 – Head of School Circle

    A school’s capacity to achieve and serve to its potential depends on sustainable leadership, both in school governance and in voluntary financial support—with thanks to those who lead.

  • $1,748-$2,499 – Faculty Circle

    The program and philosophy of Wilmington Friends School are brought to life most directly and meaningfully––and, as we know from alumni, with lasting impact––by our teachers and their guidance.
     
  • $1,000-$1,747 – Whittier Circle

    John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) was a Quaker poet and leading abolitionist.  The first Wilmington Friends literary society and then the newspaper were named for him.
  • $500-$999– Bancroft Circle

    Members of the Bancroft family, frequent and often anonymous school benefactors, provided critical funding to purchase the Alapocas land where the "new" school was built in 1936-37.
  • $250-$499– Jones Circle

    Wilmont Jones (head of school from 1935 to 1962) was an innovative and influential leader in both developing, both in size and in standards, the school's student body, faculty, physical facilities, academic program, and connections to the broader community.
  • $25-$249– Young Alumni - The Blue and White Circle

    The Blue and White Circle recognizes members of the five most recent graduating classes who make an early commitment to secure the future and strengthen the mission of Wilmington Friends School.