Raise the Shield, Fenwick’s 24-hour day of giving will be held on February 21, 2019. Building on the success of the past two years of Raise the Shield, we are very excited that our 3rd annual effort will feature student-produced videos that highlight those areas of the Fenwick student experience that are supported with your generosity through Raise the Shield, and through the Fenwick Fund year-round:
Some of the videos are quirky, some funny, some poignant, some inspiring, but they all point to the wonderful Dominican spiritual value of community, that which makes Fenwick what it is and who we are. Thank you for supporting Fenwick’s academics, fine arts programs, student activities and clubs, athletics and tuition assistance through your participation in Raise the Shield.
Q: What is a “giving day”?
A: A giving day is a 24-hour online fundraising event bringing together like-minded donors around a common cause.
Q: What is Raise The Shield?
A: Raise The Shield will be a Fenwick-centric “giving day”. This online fundraising event will be held from 9pm on Feb 20 through 9pm on Feb 21, 2019. Our goal is to engage Friars from across the state, the country and around the world in this support of Fenwick.
Q: What is the goal for 2019?
A: The goal for 2019 Raise The Shield is 2,500 donors (including current students). We know we can achieve our goal this year.
Q: Are Raise The Shield donations tax-deductible?
A: Yes, your gift is tax-deductible. You will receive an email confirmation after you make your gift that serves as your receipt for tax purposes.
Q: Where does my gift go?
A: Gifts received from Raise The Shield support the Fenwick Fund. Like all Fenwick Fund (annual giving) donations, your contributions during Raise the Shield enhance the entire student experience through support of all academic departments, fine arts programs, student activities, athletics and tuition assistance for worthy students. Raise the Shield dollars provide unrestricted support for Fenwick’s budget, without which Fenwick could not offer the first-class, transformative experience that we do.
Q: Is there a minimum gift amount?
A: Yes. Our secure online giving page has a minimum gift amount of $10. We accept American Express, Visa and MasterCard.
Q: Can anyone participate in Raise The Shield?
A: Absolutely! Support from the ENTIRE Fenwick community is what makes our school a remarkable place! No matter what your connection is to Fenwick, your donation will be counted toward our Raise The Shield goals.
Q: Can I make a Raise The Shield gift by phone or by check?
A: If you would like to make your gift via a credit/debit card over the phone, please contact Cindy Erwin, Director for Annual Giving at (708) 948-0324. If you would prefer to send us a check, please make it payable to Fenwick High School and put Raise The Shield in the memo line, so we know to include it in our final totals.
Q: What can I do to help get the word out about Raise The Shield?
A: You can spread the word about this great event on your social networks. Send emails to your friends and family, and direct them to this page. And on the day, use #RaiseTheShield on Facebook and Twitter.
Q: Who makes all the videos that are a part of Raise The Shield?
A: The day is driven by videos created and produced by current Fenwick students.
Q: What is the history of Raise The Shield?
A: Fenwick’s first ever 24-hour on-line day-of-giving was held on February 22, 2017. It was a rousing success with nearly 1,800 donors (including current students) and $180,000 raised toward the Fenwick Fund in a single day!
The 2nd annual Raise the Shield in 2018 smashed the results from the year before by raising nearly $270,000 from more than 2,000 donors (including current students)!
Q: Which class years had the highest participation in the past?
A: In 2017, the members of the class of 2016 had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the classes of 1974 and 1989.
In 2018, the members of the class of 2017 had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the classes of 2016 and 1982.