MAGS sets $10m goal for fundrais­ing

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An Auck­land sec­ondary school has launched an Ad­vance­ment Of­fice to help it raise $10 mil­lion.

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School wants to achieve the lofty fi­nan­cial goal be­fore its cen­te­nary in 2022.

The fundrais­ing is part of a strat­egy to grow its schol­ar­ship pro­gramme for both staff and stu­dents – en­abling the school to be rep­re­sen­ta­tive in all as­pects of so­ci­ety.

Foun­da­tion trus­tees chair­man Tim Gould­ing says the of­fice will cre­ate a cap­i­tal base through the de­vel­op­ment of an en­dow­ment fund and be­quest pro­gramme, ma­jor gift fundrais­ing, and launch­ing an an­nual giv­ing cam­paign.

‘‘Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School is wealthy in the sense it has a highly pro­fes­sional, ded­i­cated and well-re­sourced teach­ing staff. It is also wealthy in the sense it has the sup­port of a school com­mu­nity which de­votes time, en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy to com­ple­ment the vi­tal­ity MAGS,’’ Mr says.

‘‘Now we must de­velop within our school com­mu­nity a cul­ture of phi­lan­thropy, which will en­able us to pro­vide even greater op­por­tu­ni­ties for our stu­dents through schol­ar­ships and fa­cil­i­ties.’’

Tim Kay has been ap­pointed as the di­rec­tor of the Ad­vance­ment Of­fice.

Mr Kay has more than 25 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the not-for-profit sec­tor.

‘‘There is a huge amount of good­will to­ward the school among its com­mu­nity, which should not be taken for granted. One of my pri­or­i­ties will be to build on that good­will,’’ Mr Kay says.

‘‘Real­is­ing MAGS’ aim to be­come New Zealand’s pre­mier school of choice will re­quire re­sources be­yond its cur­rent ca­pa­bil­i­ties; the MAGS Foun­da­tion will pro­vide an en­dur­ing so­lu­tion to the school’s con­tin­u­ing fi­nan­cial needs.’’ of life at Gould­ing

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