#TaborTime 2022 Exceeds Expectations
A highlight of the year is always our Day of Giving, affectionately known as #TaborTime, which took place on February 16 and February 17. While it is important that we raise about one sixth of our annual goal with this mini campaign, its emphasis on participation means the effort is more than just a fundraiser; #TaborTime is about relationships. This year, the Day of Giving resulted in a record-breaking $523,261 raised and fell just short of the all-time donor participation record of 1,228 with 1,159.
There was banter between classmates, gifts made in honor of faculty, in memory of those who are no longer with us, and opportunities to support specific programs, much of which led to some friendly competition between classes. Social media offered glimpses of that friendly competition as well a look at campus life and let followers join new Head of School Tony Jaccaci P’23 as he experienced his first #TaborTime.
This year we asked participants to share their Tabor “moments” and they didn’t disappoint, adding incredible stories along with their gifts online; many of these were beautiful and powerful. Because it involves the entire Tabor community, #TaborTime has always provided one of those welcoming, inviting opportunities, and it felt great. As in years past, alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends rallied together for 1876 minutes to make #TaborTime an overwhelming success. While records were broken, challenges were met, and classmates caught up on social media, the real takeaway was that Tabor spirit is alive and well.
In addition, donors enthusiastically directed their gifts to a variety of important priorities on campus, including diversity, equity, and inclusion; faculty and staff programming; arts and athletics; and financial aid. Of note, donors met and exceeded $208,900 in match and challenge gifts.
“The dollars contributed this year are truly amazing,” said Interim Co-Director of Advancement Kate Marvel ’87. “But we are even more appreciative of the overall participation among all constituencies. We like to think of Tabor’s Day of Giving as a community-building effort with lots of excitement around what is best about our school.”
“It’s great to see that this initiative resonates so powerfully throughout our community,” added Sean Harlow, Interim Co-Director of Advancement. “This day is about more than dollars raised and donors counted, it is about a collective belief within our community—near and far—that an investment in Tabor’s people, places, and programs is a worthy and important one. This school is important to so many for so many different reasons and that sentiment couldn’t be clearer than over the past 1876 minutes.”
At the end of 1876 minutes, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends demonstrated once again that Tabor is a community where individuals come together to take a moment to make a moment for others, especially our students.