Fiscal Year 2022 was a year of hope and adaptation to find a new regular. Adults in the community welcomed students back to classes and activities with a smoother cadence and fewer interruptions than the year prior. We found time and space to come together as a community, albeit somewhat still hampered by COVID-19 protocols. Our community came together in new and different ways. We were glad to be with fewer restrictions.
We are proud of our school and its evolution in recent years. Our community's strength and resilience is possible due to the generous support of our alumni, families and friends. We thank all our donors, large and small, for your engagement and care for the school. It is only with the support of so many that aspects of what makes Brooks great are possible.
Our financial achievements, outlined below, allow the school to stretch to build stronger for the future with confidence. Your contributions during the past fiscal year also allow us to continue to deliver on our mission. Thank you.
GAGE DOBBINS P'22, P'23
Director of Institutional Advancement
WAYS TO IMPACT BROOKS
THE BROOKS FUND
Supporting every aspect of the student experience, from classroom innovation and technology to faculty professional development, financial aid, athletics, the arts and affinity groups and clubs, the Brooks Fund provides vital, immediate and unrestricted support of our operating expenses. Every gift makes a difference.
Why I Give
“There is no more important place to my life than Brooks.
I am glad there’s some evidence that I have given back to the school in some way.
While my experience as a student athlete at Brooks is and will always be so special to me, it is nothing in comparison to how grateful for my time at Brooks as a faculty member and coach.”
ALEX SKINNER '08
Impact of Giving
“The arts make my education at Brooks meaningful because they provide a different outlook and method of learning in the classroom.
I believe that it is very important to create a balance between school, extracurriculars and sports, and it is beneficial to incorporate art into that routine.
It is valuable to take advantage of the opportunity we have to make art.”
GINGER PERRY '23
Gifts to the endowment are vital to Brooks’ long-term success, providing a consistent and permanent source of income to the Brooks operating budget. Last year, Brooks received more than $3.5 million in income from the endowment, representing 15 percent of total school revenues. The Brooks endowment impacts every aspect of the student experience, from financial aid to program support and faculty and classroom innovation.
"My time at Brooks has been truly extraordinary and without my scholarship, I would have missed out on remarkable experiences that I could only dream of.
From scuba diving in Honduras to learning how to write a novel, Brooks provided me with a whirlwind of opportunities for which I am forever grateful."
AUSTIN BAXTER '22
Beneficiary of a donor-endowed scholarship fund
Purposeful gifts were also made to specific areas of need including financial aid, athletics, academic programs and capital projects. These current-use gifts provide the flexibility to address immediate needs and allow donors to support priorities that are important and meaningful to them.
“The Diversity Directions Conference helped me deepen my understanding of how inclusion, equality and social justice can be implemented into education and the workplace.
I gained a much clearer road map for how to fulfill my role at Brooks and help with the DEI work as a minority in this community.
I will do my best to help our students and adults to find their belonging here at Brooks.”
AMY WEIJIA WANG
World languages faculty who received funding for professional development
Many donors have created legacy gifts, including bequests, charitable trusts, gift annuities, life insurance and retirement plan interests to benefit Brooks. They are recognized as members of the Frank D. Ashburn Society, named in honor of the founding headmaster.
Caring for students in every sense of the word
When Philip Kelsey Porter II ’78 passed away in 2021, he left behind a legacy for future generations of prospective Brooks students.
Porter loved sports, his family and Brooks. As a student, he excelled in tennis and squash, while also serving in leadership roles with the Phillips Brooks Society and as dorm prefect in Peabody House. Years later, Porter reflected on the formative role Brooks played in his life, “Students are cared for in every sense of the word. I owe so much to Brooks.”
This sentiment led him to make a provision for Brooks in his estate plans. After Porter passed away, Brooks received a generous gift from his living trust. Porter’s bequest supports the new admission building, in which the conference room will be dedicated in Porter’s memory at his class’ next reunion. Porter’s family, including his sons Philip and Matthew, former wife and devoted caregiver Eileen and niece Louisa Porter ’15 are thrilled that this space, where prospective students can meet with coaches and teachers to learn more about Brooks and ask questions about athletics, student life and academic programs, will be forever associated with their loved one.
“There was never any question about Phil giving back to Brooks. It was such a special place for him. Brooks was always in his will. He would be thrilled to know that his gift will lead future students to experience all that Brooks has to offer,” shared Eileen Porter.
One of the hallmarks of Brooks School is our deep commitment to our community — both on campus and off. Brooks alumni, parents, faculty and friends volunteered in ways above and beyond the norm during the past fiscal year. We are grateful to the 450 members of this community who donated their time to Brooks.
We are also deeply grateful to those who collectively donated $11,565,237 to Brooks during fiscal year 2022. We could not operate our school without it. Thank you. To see all of our financial supporters, please click on the lists below and view various categories of Brooks supporters.