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20-21 Philanthropic Priorities
This fall marked the start of Stevenson's 68th year and the first time that classes will begin with students and teachers convening online, connecting with one another from their homes around the Monterey Peninsula and around the world by virtual means. The School is committed to maintaining its high standards for teaching and learning while in this mode—which we hope will only be in effect until January. Doing so will require considerable additional investments in technology, supplies, and infrastructure—not all of which can be made solely on the basis of reducing other expenses. With a keen eye on sustaining our mission in the face of the pandemic, we are looking to our extended community to help support these urgent needs, thus providing the best possible experience for our students and teachers during this period and beyond.
Classes began this semester with students and teachers convening online and connecting with one another virtually—mostly in real-time on an adjusted daily schedule—from their homes across the world.
Though none of us prefer it to our lives on campus, we’ve all come to embrace the wisdom of our School’s namesake, 19th-century Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who observed: “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”
Following this wisdom and the tradition of drawing from our namesake’s writings, we have created a fund in honor of David Balfour, the hero of Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped. Balfour uses nimbleness and ingenuity in the face of myriad challenges to deliver him to both safety and victory. Since the school moved to remote instruction in mid-March, we have had to make major new investments in technology, infrastructure, and supplies in order to maintain the School’s high standards for teaching and learning, and to sustain the sense of community that makes Stevenson such a special place. Several generous alumni and friends of the School stepped forward to pay for essential tools like classroom cameras, new software and hardware for teachers, and materials that make learning possible for students working at home.
Now, one of our priorities is to be ready and equipped to welcome our students back to campus as soon as it is permissible, safe, and socially responsible to do so. Donations to the Balfour Fund provide the resources we need to respond swiftly to prevailing conditions
so that we can create a safe and effective campus learning environment. We know that we will need to expand our learning spaces to permit physical distancing and proper ventilation, and to fund a comprehensive testing and tracing strategy. But we also know that between now and the time of our return, our understanding of the virus and effective mitigation strategies will continue to grow. The Balfour Fund provides the agility we need to seize upon new options as they present themselves.
The Hold Fast Fund helps Stevenson meet the urgent needs of current students and employees arising from dramatic shifts in their financial circumstances owing to, for example, health crises, unemployment, and homelessness. Using the utmost discretion in order to protect people’s privacy, it can help defray such unanticipated expenses as emergency medical charges, short-term rent and food costs, and additional support required for School-related charges, such as tuition, test fees, and college applications.
Though Stevenson has always endeavored to respond favorably to such requests for help as they arise, the School created this dedicated fund at the urging of alumni who, having been the beneficiaries of such generosity as students, wished to express their gratitude by “paying it forward.”
To date, 25 community members have contributed to the fund helping families and employees weather the impact of the pandemic.
A nautical term, “hold fast” emphasizes the need to secure your grip amidst a rough storm first so that you can execute your responsibilities, then care for others from a position of strength -- thus securing the safety of the entire crew and the ship. The Hold Fast Fund, in essence, does the same, ensuring our Pirate community weathers the tough times as well as the good -- together.