The Legacy Campaign is a bold initiative that will advance McDonogh's distinctive educational experience far into the future. With a historic $90 million fundraising goal, your participation will enable the school to continue its 150-year legacy of academic excellence and access to education.

Campaign Priorities

Middle School

In 2019, the need for a Middle School building to match the high-quality programming in fifth through eighth grade was great. Time was of the essence, and generous donors stepped up to provide the necessary funding to begin construction. The Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School opened in the spring of 2021. The state-of-the-art space pushes the boundaries of innovation and student-centered learning and meets the needs of a modern McDonogh education.

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Our endowment is a perpetual source of income that allows us to preserve the McDonogh we know while fueling the McDonogh we know we can be. We must ensure our long-term sustainability so we can continue supporting scholarship, faculty salaries and benefits, programmatic growth, campus preservation, curriculum expansion, and staff professional development. In order to continue offering students everything that makes the educational experience at McDonogh unparalleled, it is imperative we increase our endowment. View Naming Opportunities

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McDonogh Fund

The McDonogh Fund allows our teachers and administrators to dream big and innovate, and it also provides countless opportunities for our students to experiment, grow, and excel. Each gift to the McDonogh Fund is an investment in the school’s mission and the important work of educating the next generation. The collective impact of these gifts is remarkable.

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Legacy Campaign Progress

Thanks to the incredible philanthropy of the McDonogh community, we have raised more than $85 million in gifts and commitments.

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I wanted to acknowledge a select group of teachers who have the potential to dramatically alter the life trajectory of future generations. I owe much of my academic achievements and professional success to a handful of committed and gifted instructors. It is my hope that funding a Distinguished Teaching Chair sustains McDonogh’s mission of educating students to be LifeReady.

Doug Kolodny | Class of 1970

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Legacy Campaign

Your participation in this historic effort will help transform our campus, support our faculty, advance our programs, and sustain our commitment to making a McDonogh education available to a greater number of students. By making a gift to support McDonogh’s Legacy Campaign, you will help us shape the path forward.

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Notable Campaign

More than $85 million in commitments from our community have already made an impact on McDonogh’s students and teachers. Here are the highlights of our progress to date:

  • The completion of the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Middle School
  • 4
    new teaching chairs
  • 37
    new endowed scholarships
  • 10
    new endowed funds for faculty support and tuition remission
  • 17
    new endowments for programmatic support and campus preservation
  • 60
    new estate gifts
  • 10%
    growth in gifts to the McDonogh Fund since the campaign’s start
  • Leadership

    We are grateful to the 200+ members of the McDonogh Family whose generosity has moved us close to our $90 million campaign goal. The following individuals and family foundations have made commitments in excess of $1 million; a full list of campaign donors will be published at the campaign’s close.

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    • The Blum Family
      Leonor and Marc Blum 1960
      Melanie and Ari Blum 1991
      The Blum Family Foundation
    • Sharon and Wallace Boston, Jr. 1972
    • The Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation
    • The Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Family Foundation
    • The Jenner Family
    • The Estate of Joseph S. Keelty 1940
    • Patricia and Donald Kirk 1959
    • Douglas M. Kolodny, PhD 1970
    • Amanda and Neal Moszkowski 1984
      The Moszkowski Family Foundation
    • The Lund Petersen Family Foundation
    • George E. Ramsey III 1958
    • Priya and Sudhir Rao, M.D.
    • David D. Rothschild 1982
      The Rothschild Foundations
    • Rosalie Ellicott and J. Martin Weikart 1966

    We sincerely hope that our gift and new space in the Middle School will create opportunities for students to think outside of the box and excel in science and engineering while developing the ability to translate these skills to conquer future life challenges.

    Priya and Sudhir Rao | Parents

    Life-Altering Impact

    In our rapidly-changing world, it is incumbent upon schools to provide students with opportunities for intellectual and interpersonal growth. With our distinguished faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, 800 acres of natural classroom space, and defining programs McDonogh provides life-altering educational experiences. With your support of the Legacy Campaign, McDonogh can continue to:

    • Attract and retain world-class teachers
    • Build a diverse community
    • Introduce signature programming
    • Amplify its position as one of the most innovative independent schools in the nation

    Campaign Leadership

    Robert A. Bavar 1990

    Campaign Co-Chair

    Samuel H. Wright 1964

    Campaign Co-Chair

    David J. Farace 1987

    Head of School

    Arthur H. Adler 1978


    Kristin F. Finkelstein 2003


    Joshua P. Jones-Dilworth 1998

    Trustee and McDonogh Fund Chair

    Sudhir Rao

    McDonogh Fund Vice Chair

    Robert L. Young III 1986

    President of the Board of Trustees

    2023-2024 Board of Trustees

    • Michael W. Cummings, President
    • H. Stacey Boyer 1976, Vice President
    • Curtis H. Cornwell 1982, Treasurer
    • I. DeAndrei Drummond 1992, Secretary
    • Arthur H. Adler 1978
    • Robert A. Bavar 1990
    • Wallace E. Boston, Jr., Ed.D, CPA 1972
    • Donald B. Christian
    • Leigh Ann Curl, M.D.
    • Erika Seth Davies 1994
    • Brandon M. Etheridge 2003
    • Michael S. Fader 2007
    • Michael L. Falcone 1979
    • Kristin F. Finkelstein 2003
    • Brett Ingerman 1987
    • Elizabeth M. Insley
    • Josh Jones-Dilworth 1998
    • Hallie D. Label
    • Paul M. Meurer 1983
    • Farah Qureshi Nur, ScD 2004
    • Steven S. Oh 1986
    • Fernanda L. Pio Roda
    • Patricia B. Raksin, M.D. 1988
    • Sudhir R. Rao, M.D.
    • Shawn W. Robinson, M.D. 1979
    • David D. Rothschild 1982
    • Patricia S. Schuster
    • Richard B. Silberstein 1977
    • Taymour Tamaddon
    • Craig A. Thompson