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Column: Holy Innocents kicks off $22.5 million capital campaign

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on September 27, 2013,

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School on Sept. 24 had the public phase kickoff of the largest building campaign in its 54-year history.

The $22.5 million “One School Campaign” kickoff was held at the Atlanta History Center when about 500 members of the school community learned from the Atlanta architectural firm of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects about plans to build a new math and science building for the Sandy Springs campus, and renovations of the Upper School’s Riley Building and Alumni Hall as well as an increase in the school’s endowment reserves.

“For more than 50 years, Holy Innocents has staked out a special place among Atlanta’s best schools,” said Dave Stockert, president and CEO of Post Properties Inc., who is chairing the campaign. “With this campaign, we build on a tradition of generosity and success — to be able to offer the best possible environment for the ongoing growth and development of our students.”

Stockert is a Holy Innocents parent and a past chair of its board of trustees.

The “One School Campaign,” which has been in the silent phase, already is showing signs of success. Early supporters have contributed more than $15 million, and 100 percent of its board and faculty members have made donations or pledges to the campaign.

The goal is to raise the remaining$7.5 million during the 2013-2014 school year; to break ground on the new math and science building in June 2014 and open the new facility for the 2015-2016 school year.

Agnes Scott $3 million gift

Agnes Scott College has received a $3 million bequest from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous. It is the third-largest gift in the women college’s “The Greatness Before Us” capital campaign, which launched its public phase last October. The gift will be used to support scholarships and capital projects on campus.

“We are deeply grateful to these generous benefactors of the college,” said Rob Parker, vice president for college advancement at Agnes Scott. “While Agnes Scott is not entitled to anyone’s support, this college is certainly worthy of significant philanthropic investment because of its life-changing mission to help women find their voices and live lives of purpose.”

With this gift, Agnes Scott has raised more than $71 million toward its $100 million campaign goal.

Agnes Scott also recently completed another exceptionally strong year. The college raised a total of $10.7 million in gifts and pledges and enjoyed the support of 44 percent of its alumnae, which is one of the highest giving participation rates among national liberal arts colleges.

Money Game

United Way of Greater Atlanta will announce Oct. 2 at the Rialto Center for the Arts that it is launching a “Money Game” app — a new free mobile app that will be powered by the SunTrust Foundation.

The app will help users improve their financial literacy while playing a game. The app was developed to expand United Way’s reach outside the classroom to more individuals and families across its 13-county region.

Milton Little, president of Atlanta’s United Way, said national studies have shown that two in five adults in the United States grade themselves with a “C”, “D” or “F” on their own knowledge of personal finance. Plus they are saving less than they did a year ago.

“The Money Game App will help motivate users to increase their financial education and perfectly aligns with our goal of increasing financial self-sufficiency,” Little said.

The app was developed for users aged 16 and older, and it features trivia topics ranging from managing money, to becoming debt-free to protecting yourself from identity theft.

Jenner Wood, SunTrust-Atlanta region chairman, said that 75 percent of consumers say they can benefit from professional advice on everyday financial questions. “We are pleased our support could provide this innovative education tool along with SunTrust teammates as financial mentors,” Wood said.

Making history

The Georgia Historical Society will add two new inductees to its trustees on Feb. 15 — Arthur Blank and Billy Payne.

Blank, co-founder of The Home Depot Inc., today is better known as the owner of the Atlanta Falcons. Payne is chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club, but he is probably best known for bringing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games to Atlanta.

“These two icons represent the best of the American spirit,” said Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Society. “Their continued service to the state of Georgia, their leadership and accomplishments will inspire the youth of our state for generations to come.”

Maria Saporta

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.


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