Even as we are moved deeply by the strength and resilience of the GDS community as we move through this extraordinary moment, each day brings an equal awareness that many members of our community are facing immediate hardships and loss due to the impact of COVID-19. Some are being forced to question whether they will have the financial resources necessary for their children to continue to be a part of GDS. In consequence, we expect the need for financial aid to increase significantly —for existing recipients, as well as those requiring support for the first time. As an institution committed to equity and inclusion, with a deep belief that we are enriched and strengthened by each and every member of this community, we are compelled to respond and support our community through this crisis.
In order to meet this additional need, our primary fundraising efforts for the remainder of the year will focus on a newly created One GDS Community Crisis Fund, which will support our families who have suffered economically as a result of COVID-19, by providing additional financial aid resources.
Additionally, a portion of the funds raised for the One GDS Community Crisis Fund will be set aside for use at the Head of School’s discretion, to allow for maximum flexibility in addressing other needs that may arise for faculty, staff and other members of the community as a result of this pandemic.
Finally, the One GDS Community Crisis Fund will allow us to provide equitable access to upgraded and expanded technology to ensure all of our students, faculty, and staff have the tools they need to stay connected and work successfully and efficiently in this new environment. We will also support increased funding for professional development as our school’s faculty avidly seek to master the challenges of teaching remotely and develop curriculum and programming best suited for distance learning.
Truly a gift of any size will make a difference in keeping our community together. It is our hope that the fund will allow members of the GDS community to do what we do best—lean into our mission and come together to support each other as One GDS.
If you have questions, please contact Lindsey Jacobson, Associate Director of Development at LJacobson@gds.org or 202-295-1061