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Centennial Capital Campaign

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The Centennial Campaign for Fenwick High School is designed to address the long-term financial and facilities needs of Fenwick into its second century.

Well in advance of Fenwick’s centennial celebration in 2029, the Board of Directors undertook a strategic planning process designed to highlight the areas to which Fenwick will need to direct resources in the coming years in order to not only remain competitive, but to continue to be a school of first choice for students and to thrive as a community beacon for all its stakeholders—alumni, past parents, current students and parents, faculty and staff, administration and other friends. 

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This strategic planning process identified needs in five primary areas:

Academic, arts and student life
Athletic
Administrative
Facilities
Financial

With the strategic plan as a backdrop and the four core Dominican spiritual values of prayer, preaching, study and community as the underlying philosophical rationale, a facilities master plan was developed to address as many of the above needs as possible. Similarly, a financial plan has been developed to address long-term sustainability challenges. The Centennial Campaign has been designed to address all of these needs and to ensure that Fenwick continues to thrive.

Stretched over a 12 year period, this is not a typical campaign of 3-5 years to address an immediate need. This has been deliberately designed as a long-term strategic campaign that will address needs over time and well into Fenwick’s second century. However, the necessity of fundraising and the construction process will require three distinct phases to the campaign in terms of capital raising and facilities construction priorities.

There are three main groups of facilities components to the Campaign:

Chapel renovation, Priory turf field and parking garage
Centennial addition
Renovation to current space and exterior architectural integrity, traffic flow, landscaping

There are two main financial components to the Campaign:

Endowment
Current tuition assistance

Through the generosity of Angelo Mazzone ’66, the chapel renovation will be completed in summer 2017. Through the generosity of many others, there was a groundbreaking for the turf field at the Priory (House of Studies) in April and that work will also be completed this summer. The next facilities priority is to build a parking garage on Fenwick’s block. Upon dedication ceremonies and celebrations of both the newly-restored chapel and the Priory turf field in fall 2017, much more detailed information about the dollars to be raised and the expected timing of facilities priorities will be broadcast as the Centennial Campaign enters a more public phase. These pages will have all of that detail. We look forward to this next stage of the Centennial Campaign, this next stage of Fenwick’s continued excellence, and in working with our philanthropic partners to ensure that Fenwick thrives well beyond 2029 into its second hundred years.

Watch the Turf Field Groundbreaking

If you have any questions about the Centennial Campaign or Fenwick’s institutional advancement efforts in general, please contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Chris Ritten at 708-948-0350 or critten@fenwickfriars.com. If you'd like to make a pledge to the Centennial Campaign, please click here.