The 1861 Leadership Society
Named for the year of the founding of The Pingry School, the society honors those who support the School with an especially strong financial gift and who continue to provide the School with a strong financial foundation. Members of The 1861 Leadership Society enjoy invitations to special programs and events.
Donors who make a gift at one of The 1861 Leadership Society levels will be listed in the Annual Report in that specific category as well as in their class list.
The Headmaster's Circle $25,000 and above
This highest level of giving honors our 15 visionary leaders who have all supported the Pingry mission of excellence and honor: John F. Pingry (1861-1892), William H. Corbin (1892-1897), Frank H. Robson (1897-1899), Walter R. Marsh (1899-1907), S. Archibald Smith (1907-1915), David Magie (1915-1917), C. Mitchell Froelicher (1917-1920), C. Bertram Newton (1920-1936), E. Laurence Springer (1936-1961), Charles B. Atwater (1961-1970), H. Westcott Cunningham '39 (1970-1980), David C. Wilson '59 (1980-1987), John Hanly (1987-2000), John Neiswender (2000-2005), and Nathaniel E. Conard (2005-present).
The John F. Pingry Society $20,000 - $24,999
The vision and sacrifice of Dr. John F. Pingry have provided thousands of students throughout three centuries an educational experience of the highest quality, to ensure personal growth and success for a lifetime.
The Master's Circle $15,000 - $19,999
This giving level is named for the former Master's Square on the Hillside Campus, in honor of the dedicated faculty who kept the country day school philosophy alive.
The Reverentia Associates $10,000 - $14,999
Maxima Reverentia Pueris Debetur: "Greatest respect is due students". Our motto, conceived in the 19th century and alive and well today, embodies the spirit of The 1861 Leadership Society. We honor those who choose to show their greatest respect for our students by investing in their pursuit of excellence and future success.
The Honor Council $5,000 - $9,999
Those who uphold The Honor Code are recognized and trusted within their community to uphold those ideals that are essential to its order, growth, and success. It is in acknowledgment of our responsibilities to society and our mutual dependence on one another that we name this giving level.
The Magistri Fellows $2,500 - $4,999
Without the commitment, enthusiasm, and wisdom of our faculty, The Pingry School's mission would be impossible. This level of giving recognizes those tireless and venerable faculty members who have dedicated twenty five years of service or more to the growth and development of our students.
The Founder's Society $1,861 - $2,499
Dr. John F. Pingry's vision for the future through an exceptional education is the foundation upon which The Pingry School was established. We have named this giving level in honor of those who share his vision and help to make it a reality through their generosity.
The Scholars' Club $1,000 - $1,860
Those who make an important and valuable contribution of a threshold gift at this entry level of The 1861 Leadership Society are recognized for their commitment to The Pingry School's most fundamental goal: Educating with Excellence.
The Second Century Leadership Society
The SCLS recognizes the generous young alumni building the next generation of leadership with a Pingry Fund gift meeting the following criteria
Graduates from 2008-2012: $120 and above
Graduates from 2003-2007: $240 and above
Graduates from 1998-2002: $360 and above
SCLS members enjoy certain, age-appropriate, access to special programs and events throughout the year. Vist the young alumni page
to find out more about the SCLS and becoming a member.
Senior Class Giving
The Senior Class Giving Committee is responsible for encouraging participation in philanthropic giving to the Pingry Fund each year. Seniors are invited to become members of the Second Century Leadership Society by pledging to give $20 per year for four years, with a culminating gift of $40 in the fifth year. Seniors are invited to attend an alumni sponsored "100 Days to Graduation" reception, "50 Days to graduation" bagel breakfast, and the Senior BBQ hosted by the headmaster.