Valley Gives is a 24-hour e-philanthropy event put on by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to help build support for non-profits throughout the Pioneer Valley.

On Valley Gives Day 2018, supporters of the school helped us achieve something remarkable.

  • In just 24 hours, 95 donors — 16 of whom are first-time donors to the Conway School — contributed $21,200 that will help provide more scholarship funds for students, subsidize more planning and design projects for the communities and organizations who most need Conway’s design services, and support lectures and field work sessions led by expert professionals and practitioners throughout the year.
  • Of the $21,200, the $12,500 we received in online donations ranked us #16 out of 408 participating organizations (and #5 in Hampshire County).
  • In addition, we succeeded in meeting all four of our challenges and matches: Stephen Thor Johnson’s $2,000 match; Peg Read’s (Class of ’79) $1,000 match; and two $1,000 challenges provided by anonymous donors. By helping us meet (and surpass) all of these matches, donors qualified us to be entered into a raffle to win a “matchmaker” grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, which we won, for an additional $2,000!

This incredible outpouring of support exceeded our original goal for the day by 183%. To put this into perspective, the total amount raised is the equivalent of the full fee for 3 winter or spring community projects; a $1,178 per-student increase in financial aid for a full class of 18 students; or all of the project fees for 18 fall projects and the entire budget for a year of guest lectures and Friday fieldwork trips.

Last Friday, members of the Class of 2018 spent the day with renowned trail designer and builder Peter Jensen (at far left). Throughout the year, visits from Peter and other expert professionals and practitioners are made possible by contributions from friends and alums of the school. Photo: Dave Weber ’15

Valley Gives 2018: Donors to the Conway School

We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the donors listed below for their generosity last Tuesday.

Susanna Adams ’78
Bird Anderson
Randall Anderson
Oliver & Molly Ankiewicz
Anonymous (20)
Mollie Babize ’84
Kirsten Baringer ’04
Beth Batchelder ’15
Jeanne Bird
Ken Botnick ’79 and Karen Werner
Nancy Braxton
Molly Burhans ’15
Anne Capra ’00
Michele Carlson ’14
Willa Caughey ’14
Kate Cholakis ’11
Jordan Clark ’15
David Coleman ’78
Community Foundation of Western
Massachusetts
Lucy Conley ’16
Carla Cooke ’92
Kerri Culhane ’10
Esther L. Danielson ’94
Ramona N. Davis
Steven Dinkelaker & Ruah Donnelly
Mark Edelman ’73
J. Nicholas Filler
Marcia Fischer ’96
Elizabeth Fribush ’81
Ellen & Bill Giduz
David Holden ’76 & Marcia Holden
James Jensen ’78
Liz Kelly ’14
Polina Kislyuk
Claudia Kopkowski ’88
CJ Lammers
William Lattrell
John C. Lepore ’11, Future Lands
Designs, LLC
Ahron Lerman ’11
Rachel Lindsay ’15
Rie Macchiarolo ’14
Carrie Makover ’86
Robert & Gladys Miner
Andrea Morgante ’76
Adam Novitt
Philomena Novitt
Priscilla Novitt ’07
Kate O’Brien ’15
John O’Keefe
Peter M. Owens ’83
Robbin Peach ’78
Amanda Pebler ’18
Jamie Pottern ’12
Mary Quigley
William C. Richter ’77
Benjamin Rippe ’17
Keith Ross
Joel Russell Associates
Chuck Schnell, ’01
Katherine Schreiber ’80
Theresa Sprague ’08
Bruce Stedman ’78
Dale Stedman
Peter & Susan Van Buren ’82
Michele VanLandingham
Liz Vizza ’82
Abbie von Schlegell
Donald L. Walker, Jr. ’79
George Watkins ’77
Amy Weber
Dave Weber ’15
Eric Weber ’77
Jenna Webster ’09
Cary White ’15
Elaine Williamson ’11
Andrew Young
Bobbin Young
We loved hearing from supporters throughout the day. Here are just a few of the comments people shared:
  •  “It is impossible to put a value on the extraordinary educational experience that the Conway School gives each student. To say it is life changing, edifying, and like coming home to what’s truly important in life, would be the tip of the iceberg! Those of us who have been lucky enough to attend, all know this.” — Peg Read ’79
  • “Two weeks ago we had 15″ of snow and a city wide snow day – yesterday it was 87 degrees in Minneapolis. The world needs more Conway educated thinkers, problem solvers, change agents and stewards of our rapidly changing earth.” — Rachel Bird Anderson
  • Conway provides students with the tools and confidence to solve real-world problems. It’s actively producing designers who are ready and eager to make the world a better place, and who have a solid foundation to do so.” – Ben Rippe ’17
  • “I’m proud to give because, as an alum, I believe in the deep nature of this work and training the next generation of ecological designers who can tackle some of our world’s most complex problems.” – Liz Kelly ’14