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Philanthropic Strategic Initiatives

Strategic initiatives are the means through which vision is translated into practice. They are discretionary projects and programs designed to help the HRS community achieve targeted goals.

Hamlin Robinson School currently has four main areas of philanthropic strategic initiatives: endowments, capital projects, special program sponsorship, and planned giving. General information on each area is listed below.

Please contact Jen Fukutaki in the HRS Advancement Office to learn more.


An endowment is structured so that the fund principal is kept intact while the investment income is available for use. This allows donations to have an impact over a longer period of time versus being spent all at once. An endowment has stipulations regarding its usage – therefore being defined as “Restricted.” Contributions to endowments can be of any size.

Financial Aid Endowment

The Financial Aid Endowment receives contributions in support of need-based financial aid. Earnings from this fund provide tuition assistance for students who would not otherwise be able to attend Hamlin Robinson School.

Fortin Family Endowment for Professional Development

The Fortin Family Endowment for Professional Development receives contributions in support of ongoing opportunities that will keep Hamlin Robinson School at the forefront of best teaching practices. Earnings from this fund provide professional development assistance for HRS faculty and staff.

Capital Projects

The Capital Campaign that launched in December 2013 had an ambitious goal to raise $20 million. To date the school has raised $9.3 million in total contributions, allowing HRS to make a sizeable down payment on the construction loan to build our new school, establish the reserve account required by the bank, and to acquire adjacent property when it came onto the market.

Additional property directly south of campus was subsequently purchased and developed to support the Physical Education and Science Programs. With donor support, as well as prudent use of reserves, HRS constructed the “Playfields & Pavilion” – including turf and asphalt play fields, pavilion, and parking. The pavilion structure includes restrooms, water fountains, equipment storage, as well as a rooftop garden for the science curriculum and table/bench seating for instruction and outdoor chess games. Construction costs were approximately $3 million. The Playfields & Pavilion were completed and opened in April 2017.

Additional property directly north of campus was purchased in 2017. The HRS Board of Trustees is currently considering long term strategic plans for this property.

Opportunities will continue for individuals and foundations to bestow gifts toward capital projects such as the new campus and playfields, expansion, and/or debt retirement. Contributions to capital projects can be of any size. Donor naming opportunities are available.

Special Program Sponsorship

Hamlin Robinson School is continuously seeking ways to evolve and grow our educational programs in order to best meet the needs of our students and the greater community. We are currently seeking sponsorships for the following opportunities, with Donor Naming as a possibility:

Arts Series for Students: Funds would allow HRS to bring authors, performers, and speakers of all sorts into the school not only to enhance the curriculum but also to open a wider world of possibilities to our students.

HRS Learning Center Speaker Series: Funds would allow HRS to expand its current community series to include speakers who require speaker fees/travel fees as part of their appearance obligation. This series exists as a tool of outreach to help as many families as possible who are associated with dyslexia or other language-based learning differences.

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are a meaningful way for donors to fulfill their financial and philanthropic goals. Unlike cash donations, they are made from assets in an estate rather than disposable income, and come to fruition upon death.

There are many types of planned gifts, and choosing the right one depends on your needs and goals. We encourage you to discuss the options with your attorney and financial advisor.

We hope you'll tell us when you have named Hamlin Robinson School in your planned giving. We would very much like the opportunity to thank you for your generosity.