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Dear Members of the Rivers Community,

I am excited to announce the public launch of a $50 million fundraising campaign, the largest campaign in the school’s history. It is also the school’s first comprehensive campaign, as the funds raised will be used to serve multiple priorities, including increasing community commitment to the annual fund, growing the endowment for financial aid and faculty support, developing innovative new programs, and building the new Center for Science and Visual Arts.

I had the honor of unveiling the theme of the campaign, FutureMakers: The Campaign for Rivers, at a special event at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday evening, October 30, 2018. More than 400 members of the Rivers community gathered to celebrate this milestone moment in the school’s history. In addition, I was pleased to announce that we have already secured $36 million in early philanthropic commitments, money that was raised over the last two years during the campaign’s quiet phase.

Great schools don’t stand still, and right now, Rivers is a school on the move. I offer my thanks to all those who joined us for the campaign’s kickoff event, and I offer my thanks in advance to all those who will support this Campaign as we move forward. A special thanks to Trustee and Campaign Chair Dan Kraft P’12,’15,’21 and Board President Harley Lank P’21 for their energetic support of the campaign, and to Trustee Louise Cummings ‘98, for sharing her powerful, personal story on kickoff night.

As soon as the videos of the speeches from kickoff night are posted to this website, I encourage you to watch them. I hope you will also watch the student-focused video located on the home page of this site, and the gallery of photos taken during the kickoff celebration.

For more information about campaign priorities and giving opportunities, please contact Director of Advancement Krissie Kelleher at 339-686-2236 or

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I do believe that the launch of this campaign marks a transformative moment in Rivers history, as it will fund an ambitious vision for the school’s future, a vision that will reshape our campus take the Rivers academic experience to new heights. Our mission is nothing less than to educate our students to be FutureMakers---to be forces of positive change in a world that needs their talents, imagination, intellect, and compassion.

To get where we want to go, we will need the support of every member of the Rivers community. As you learn more about the campaign and its goals, I hope you will consider joining the campaign and becoming a FutureMaker yourself.


Ned Parsons

Head of School


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