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About The Campaign

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Campaign Priorities?
Sure Foundations is University Liggett School’s comprehensive campaign to raise $50 million. Every gift made to the school since 2012 counts toward this campaign, including gifts to the Annual Fund. The campaign can accept pledges over five years and gifts made through estate plans. 

This comprehensive campaign supports these key priorities: 
  • to invest in capital projects through the construction of new athletic fields and facilities
  • to increase our endowment to support outstanding faculty, robust student experiences and support excellence and scholarship 
  • to raise annual operational support.
     
What does the Annual Fund do?  
The Annual Fund enhances academic and extracurricular programs, supports faculty enrichment and helps fund the operating expenses of the school. It does not pay for administrative staff, financial aid or scholarships. 

Why do you ask for money from parents and alumni? Parents already pay tuition
The Annual Fund makes up the difference between tuition and the actual cost of a University Liggett School education. Tuition covers just 80 percent of the school’s costs. 


How does the capital campaign impact the Annual Fund? Are they at all related? 
The Sure Foundations campaign is a comprehensive campaign, which means that all gifts – including those to the Annual Fund – count toward our $50 million campaign goal. 

But there is an important difference between capital gifts and gifts to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund supports the current operating budget, while gifts toward the capital (buildings and fields) and endowment support longer-term projects – the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Campus Center, for example. 


How can I leave a lasting gift to Liggett and the Campaign?
There are many ways to leave a lasting impact on University Liggett School and be a part of this campaign. One way is through planned giving. 

Planning a gift in your estate now helps to secure our future. There are many options to consider including putting the school in your will. 

To learn more, contact Kelley Hamilton at khamilton@uls.org or 313-884-4444, Ext. 410.


What is an endowment? 
An endowment gift is a financial gift that is held in perpetuity. The principal of that gift is invested and the investment returns are used. An endowed fund can be restricted or unrestricted. A restricted fund is one that a donor set up for the purpose of it going to something specific – for instance, a scholarship. An unrestricted fund can be used for anything the school determines is its most pressing needs. 


How can I create an endowed fund? 
Please contact Kelley Hamilton at khamilton@uls.org or 313.884.4444, Ext. 410.


How do Liggett faculty and staff contribute?
The commitment of Liggett’s faculty, staff and Board of Trustees to the school is evident – every one of them has made a gift to the Annual Fund. Again this year, Liggett has received 100 percent Annual Fund participation from faculty, staff and Board of Trustees. 

“Liggett’s faculty, staff and Board of Trustees are committed to making sure our students continue to excel academically, athletically and artistically,” says Kelley Hamilton, associate head of school for external relations. “Their support of the Annual Fund demonstrates how strongly they believe in the ways that Liggett’s curriculum is transforming education and allowing students an opportunity to discover their passions and engage in in-depth learning.” 

Liggett

University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444
University Liggett School is a private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade college preparatory school in Metro Detroit that is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and arts and athletics offerings.