MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE
The purpose of the Mountain Education Foundation Endowment Campaign is to continue to build the rich tradition of excellence in Signal Mountain schools by investing in our children.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” Benjamin Franklin
MEF Endowment Fund
In 2015, the Mountain Education Foundation will kick off an ambitious fundraising campaign to grow the MEF Endowment Fund from $770,000 to $5 million by 2020. MEF celebrates all of its past accomplishments and is proud of its impact on the Signal Mountain public schools. Yet, we recognize that this campaign will prove to be one of the most important in our rich 24 year history. Our peer schools, which we compete with for faculty, programs and students, have aggressively grown their endowment, while we have lagged behind.
What is an Endowment Fund
An Endowment Fund is an investment fund set up by an institution in which regular withdrawals from the invested capital are used for ongoing operations or other specified purposes.
Why give to the Endowment Fund
A robust endowment fund can provide the Mountain Education Foundation with a secure base of operating resources, partially alleviating the need for raising funds for core support. The Mountain Education Foundation has secured a $50,000 match grant for the endowment. So you receive a 2 to 1 return on your investment. In turn, the Mountain Education Foundation is freed up to
- Facilitate long term financial planning for Nolan, SMMHS and Thrasher;
- Allow programmatic flexibility and organizational change;
- Support Nolan, SMMHS, and Thrasher in developing competitive programs and achieving their objective to being the best public schools in Tennessee;
- Ensure that Nolan, SMMHS, and Thrasher remain competitive and have the resources needed to continue to provide a rich and relevant curriculum for Signal Mountain children.
An investment in the Mountain Education Foundation Endowment Fund is a gift that continues long after the check is cut. It is an investment that ensures the long term sustainability of the Mountain Education Foundation. It is an investment in the future of Signal Mountain.