Community, curiosity, and collaboration motivated two donors to make unprecedented gifts—and challenge others to join them in their historic fundraising effort.
An interview with volunteers Melissa del Aguila ’01 and Dev Talvadkar ’01.
This campaign is a historic first step to unifying our campus and transforming the way our students learn and the way our faculty teach. We have a unique opportunity to impact future generations. I am eternally grateful that Sidwell Friends shaped my life in countless ways, and we now have a role in ensuring that legacy of learning, friendship, and action continues.
Students and faculty today benefit from the generosity and commitment of those who have come before us. As the first Quaker school in our nation’s capital, it’s important that we continue to invest in our campus, programs, and community. We are contributing now so future generations will continue to grow and thrive in an ever-changing and challenging world.”
Sidwell Friends has educated thousands of students over the last 140 years, and I believe a Quaker education is needed now more than ever. My time at Sidwell was the most impactful period of my education. I knew that one day, when I was able, I would give back, significantly, to Sidwell so that others might benefit as I have.”
Preparing the students of today to be leaders of tomorrow will have a huge impact. It’s aspirational, and it resonates with a lot of people.”
I give to Sidwell Friends because I want more students to be able to access the opportunities that the School provides. I feel so lucky to be a part of this community. Sidwell Friends shaped and made me aware of the lens through which I view the world and gave me empathy for the lenses of others.”
Giving to the School was an easy decision for us: We wanted to have a lasting impact on this community, and we want more families, regardless of resources, to have opportunities to enjoy the Sidwell Friends experience.”