Nichols School Announces $35 Million Campaign

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Chair of the Nichols School Board of Trustees Jeffrey Meyer and thirteenth Head of School Christopher Burner announced the public phase of Nichols' most ambitious fundraising campaign in its 128-year history on Thursday evening. Nichols School's all iN Campaign aims to raise $35 million by the end of 2023. Nichols has raised more than $25.4 million since the quiet phase of the campaign began in November 2017.

Meyer and Burner made the announcement at the school's Leadership Donor Reception in the new Student Commons Building on campus.

"Campaigns strengthen schools and communities. all iN, the Campaign for Nichols School, is our bold $35 million initiative to define the future of our school," said Meyer.

The priorities and goals of this ambitious comprehensive campaign include: attract the best and brightest students; recruit, retain and support outstanding faculty; enhance the campus learning environment to support innovative programs; and grow the Nichols Fund to sustain excellence.

"The comprehensive campaign is about the future of the school. We need to be able to provide the Nichols difference to students with potential, and we must ensure that Nichols has the resources it needs to continue to be excellent in the future," said Burner.

Kristan Andersen and Nelson Walsh, members of the Nichols School Class of 1980, have been named co-chairs of this historic initiative.

"We have been completely awed by the generous support shown to our school during the quiet phase of this campaign, and we know that the public phase will prove to be just as impressive," said Andersen.

To date, more than 100 individuals have made major commitments to the all iN Campaign, including several of the largest gifts in Nichols' history. These gifts include an $8.4 million challenge from Lindy and Mike Keiser '63 to significantly expand the Judgie Lytle '64 Scholarship Program for full-tuition scholarships; an anonymous gift of $2 million to create a new Student Commons building on campus; an anonymous $1.75 million planned gift to be included in the school's endowment for financial aid; a $1.1 million gift from Kathy and Ted Truscott '79 to establish an endowed scholarship in memory of beloved faculty member Richard D. Stratton and provide support for the foreign language program, further fund the Strauss Scholarship Fund and grow the Nichols Fund; and a generous gift from Arthur Hayes '04, the youngest alumnus to establish a full-tuition scholarship at Nichols.

"We're going 'all in' with this campaign and we invite our entire community to do the same," said Walsh. "Together, we will ensure that Nichols will push the highest standards of educational innovation and faculty excellence."

In support of the public phase, the school is planning a series of events announcing and celebrating the all iN Campaign in cities across the country. For more information on the all iN Campaign, visit the campaign website at For information on how you can be all iN, please call Director of Advancement Leslie Garcia at 716.332.5163 or email her at