$8.9 Million in Anonymous Gifts

Gifts Will Increase Scholarship, Transform Lower School


Two anonymous donors have given a total of $8.9 million to the school. With these gifts, the school has raised nearly $54 million from almost 3,400 donors as part of MB Believes: A Campaign for Learning, People, and Place, dramatically enhancing its programs, facilities, and community impact over the past five years.

One anonymous donor has made a total gift of $5 million to the campaign, the vast majority of which will be used to endow scholarships.  “It’s critically important that children have the opportunity for an excellent education,” says the donor, “and scholarship is the best way to broaden access and enrich the learning experience for all.”

By making the single largest contribution to scholarship in Moses Brown’s history, this benefactor becomes the second $5 million+ donor to the campaign – Dean Woodman ‘46 being the other.  This donor has offered the gift as a dollar-for-dollar matching challenge to inspire others to help the school reach its $15 million scholarship goal in the next year.

Separately, a second anonymous donor – also among the top five benefactors in Moses Brown’s history – has given a total of $3.9 million to the campaign, including a lead gift of $3 million toward the renovation of Moses Brown’s lower school facility.  Plans for the lower school project, currently in the design stage, will be driven by Moses Brown’s commitment to world-class elementary education, with a strong emphasis on the early childhood years, group problem-solving, computational thinking, technological fluency, creativity, and self-expression.  “The elementary years are crucial for developing children’s joy and confidence as learners,” says Head of School Matt Glendinning, “and this new facility will support the kind of collaborative, interdisciplinary, values-based learning we cherish as a Friends [Quaker] school.”

Both anonymous donors had already made meaningful gifts at an earlier stage and were inspired to increase their giving because of the tangible, lasting impact of the campaign, which has now raised nearly $10 million in endowed scholarship funds.  This historic generosity has allowed Moses Brown to double the number of students receiving need-based scholarship (215 students–29% of the student body) and has dramatically enhanced the school’s cultural, racial, and socioeconomic diversity.

These gifts are the latest in a series of transformational developments at the 234-year-old Quaker school.  In December 2016,Moses Brown opened the Woodman Family Community & Performance Center, a 36,000 sq. ft., 500-seat venue that hosts artistic and intellectual events for Moses Brown and the broader Providence community.  In September 2017, the school opened the Y-Lab, a 5,000 sq. ft. maker space that houses the school’s Engineering & Design program, fabrication shop, digital filmmaking studio, and Vex robotics lab. And in December 2017, Moses Brown opened the Gorgi Family Squash & Education center in partnership with SquashBusters, a Boston-based non-profit that helps children from urban public schools achieve college success through academic support and the sport of squash.  Twenty-three children from DelSesto Middle School in Providence currently participate in the SquashBusters program at the Gorgi Center. The 12-court facility also functions as a public club for over 350 community members, run by five-time world champion Peter Nicol and six-time defending Irish national champion Arthur Gaskin.

“Together with a doubling of our faculty professional development resources, the creation of global travel and social entrepreneurship programs, and the total remaking of our baseball, soccer, and tennis facilities, this campaign has reinvigorated almost every aspect of our school,” says Glendinning.  “We are thankful for the generous support that allows Moses Brown to play an important role in the lives of students in Rhode Island and beyond.”