In February, board of trustee President Jim Pierce had the pleasure of announcing a significant leadership gift from Steve’62 and Missy Kasnet P’95. As a true testament to the philosophy of leading by example, the Kasnet’s have demonstrated an early commitment to the Academy’s Capital Campaign with this gift of $645,000.
The Kasnet’s have designated several key areas of support for the campaign that include The Governor’s Fund, endowment, and capital projects. As established and experienced philanthropic supporters of the Academy, the Kasnets have chosen to designate the bulk of their gift to support unrestricted endowment. By doing so, they are providing the Academy with the flexibility to fund areas that are deemed most critical, and ultimately providing maximum benefit for the school.
“Having experienced Governors for several generations, including my years as a student as well as our nephew and son, we are committed to ensuring that future students’ opportunity to benefit from this special institution endures. The qualities of respect for others, the opportunity for learning and leadership skills are critical elements in this family school” said Steve when asked for his thoughts on the gift.
On their decision to support the campaign and specifically the general endowment , Steve said, “I have been fortunate to have been in a position to devote the majority of the years since my graduation in serving the Academy and supporting its mission. Missy and I have provided this support to help ensure that its 254 year legacy of leadership is maintained and strengthened. For this reason we made our recent gift and commitment to future support to the General Endowment Fund from which the Academy derives its financial well-being and enables its continuing leadership among its peers”.
The Kasnet’s generosity and support, along with others who are leading the success of the campaign, will continue to bolster the Academy’s general endowment. An increased endowment will strengthening the school’s ability to recognize and support our talented faculty and will expand the Academy’s financial aid program, providing access to a Governor’s education for those who will most benefit from and contribute to the school’s community, regardless of financial capacity.