The Development Campaign is to raise $5 million in gifts and pledges over five years to achieve three objectives:
Charitable expenditures are rising. In order to fulfill its historic mandate of aiding people in need, the Society must increase its resources. A successful Development Campaign will ensure that resources are available to support future charitable activities and social services.
The Society depends entirely on membership dues, annual giving, special Events, and endowment income to pay for its charitable programs. To produce more revenue, over the past decade the Society has successfully transformed the annual English Ball and developed the endowment. Today they are the major sources of income for St. George’s Society, but they cannot be expected to consistently produce greater revenue to meet increased demand for Charity.
When the Society was founded over 240 years ago, Charity consisted of giving coupons for food, buckets of coal, old clothing, free medical treatment or finding jobs for the unemployed. Today the Society provides monthly stipends to enable beneficiaries to make ends meet, pay rent, buy medication and enhance their quality of life. Since 2008, the Society has also been awarding scholarships to promising students at Lehman College, part of CUNY.
The Campaign has raised over $3 million since its launch in 2006. Historically, the members of St. George’s Society have always stepped up and contributed generously to advance the Society. Fundraising at St. George’s is not new, although the scale of this campaign is unprecedented. The initial response was most encouraging. By the end of 2006, the Society had received gifts and pledged totaling $1.3 million, including leadership pledges from Sir Dennis Weatherstone, KBE, and William R. Miller, CBE. The Society announced the public phase of the campaign at its Annual General Meeting held on 23 January 2007. Later in the year, St. George's received an extraordinary grant of $1 million from the Manton Foundation, thanks to longtime member Sir Edwin Manton and Lady Manton. Thus, the Campaign has now reached over half its goal.
Mary Lamasney, LMSW, is the Society's full-time social worker: styled the Manton Social Worker in honor of Sir Edwin and Lady Manton. The appointment of a full-time social worker has enabled the Society to greatly expand its capacity to provide professional services to its beneficiaries. Previously the Society relied solely on the longstanding services of a part-time social worker. With added professional resources, the Society is now seeking more beneficiaries and expects to build up its caseload from 60-70 to 90-100 in the next few years.
For more information, please contact Campaign Chairman Natalie T. Pray at 212-682 6110