At ECFS, we celebrate all of the philanthropic gifts that support our students. More than 2,000 donors supported ECFS in the 2021–2022 fiscal year, reflecting our community’s commitment to the School’s students and mission. We spoke to a few of those donors about why they make ECFS a philanthropic priority.
I give what I can in order to demonstrate my commitment to providing an ECFS education for the diverse group of students who will someday join our alumni community.
— Rachel Hochhauser ’91, parent of Daisy H. ’35 and Tallulah H. ’35, Loyal Oaks Society member, Fieldston Alumni Network Leadership Committee, Orange Fund donor
The ECFS faculty, staff, and community helped shape Gabi into the young man he is today, which I will forever be grateful for. As he goes out into our currently tumultuous world to have new experiences and make new connections, I know I will think about how ECFS helped me create a tremendously strong foundation in his life that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
— Leanna Mercedes, parent of Jibriel “Gabi” Ghazali ’22 (pictured in previous slide with his sister Maya), Orange Fund donor, former Form VI gift committee volunteer, former P+T volunteer
When we give, we are not only supporting our own children but also helping to support every child, collectively. We have to provide support in different ways to ensure that ECFS remains a positive community for the students, families, faculty, and staff. I encourage everyone to get involved in little ways or big ways — it all counts toward the same goal.
— Sylvia and Jasper Clark, parents of Jasper C. ’28, Orange Fund donor, Orange Fund volunteer
Volunteering with other parents at ECFS events like Homecoming and the Special Olympics — which are so strongly supported by students and the entire ECFS community — was what made me realize what a caring and dedicated community we had become a part of. Supporting the Orange Fund gave us an easy and tangible way to do our part to help the School further its important work educating children.
— Jonathan and Arika Couchman, parents of Uma C. ’25, first-time Orange Fund donors
Lucien’s Pre-K teacher Karin Hoenig is truly a gift. She made us feel valued, accepted, and understood at every turn. We are so grateful for the beautiful impact she has had on our family.
— Orly Sandelowsky and Jared Weinryt, parents of Lucien SW. ’35, Orange Fund donors