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Lives of Great Purpose

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LIVES OF GREAT PURPOSE: $12 million goal

The Lives of Great Purpose Campaign grew out of Harley’s latest strategic plan, which prioritized improving compensation for our faculty, increasing engagement of alumni, parents and the Greater Rochester community as well as improving the school’s financial sustainability through increased philanthropy.

Everything you see on this campus is a result of philanthropy.
–Larry Frye, Head of School

As the largest fundraising campaign in the history of The Harley School, the Lives of Great Purpose campaign includes the following goals:


Supporting our teachers through increased compensation.

Announcing the Sands Challenge

In March 2018, the Harley School announce largest gift in the history of the school, $3 million from the Sands Family Foundation solely for faculty compensation. The Harley community is now called upon to give an additional $1 million to further improve teacher salaries. The Sands Family Foundation has generously offered to match those dollars making the total increase for faculty compensation $5 million.

To give to the Sands Faculty Compensation Challenge, please click here.

Gifts in honor and memory are welcomed!


The Lives of Great Purpose Campaign has included the following new spaces. Naming opportunities continue to be available.

  • Peckham Wellness Center
  • Winslow Natural Playground & Outdoor Learning Center
  • Moore/Brown Center for Creative Media


Giving through the Harley Fund is an important part of the Lives of Great Purpose Campaign because unrestricted gifts each year fund programs, equipment and professional development opportunities that would not otherwise be possible. As a private school, Harley does not receive government support so philanthropy is there to make “better possible” every day for our students. Leadership donors to the Harley Fund are recognized through the Harley Circle society for their unrestricted donations of $1,000 or more each year to support the greatest needs of the school.

Together, let’s invest in a future of great purpose at The Harley School.

What is the Lives of Great Purpose Campaign about?

Based on the Lives of Great Purpose strategic plan begun in 2015, this campaign is about supporting our students through Academic Excellence, Environments for Learning, and improving the Financial Sustainability of the Harley School.

What is the significance of this campaign?

Donors to the Lives of Great Purpose Campaign have already given three times more than any campaign in the history of the Harley School. The campaign includes the largest gift in the history of the school, of $3 million from the Sands Family, entirely for increasing faculty compensation. With $10 million raised so far, the campaign goal of $12 million is within reach thanks to a match from the Sands Family Foundation.  When the Harley community donates $1 million for faculty compensation, the Sands family will match it with another $1 million for our teachers through the Faculty Endowment. 

Why should I contribute to the Sands Challenge for Faculty Compensation? 

Teachers are key to academic excellence at Harley. The connections teachers have with students are profound and have lasting and positive impact. Your support will help the Harley School to retain and attract excellent teachers and ensure that the school’s commitment to excellence continues in perpetuity. Plus, your gift will be doubled thanks to the match from the Sands family.

How will gifts to the Sands Challenge for Faculty Compensation be used? 

Teachers’ salaries and benefits comprise 42% of this year’s annual operating budget. The Faculty Endowment allows Harley to increase salaries as part of our priority from the Lives of Great Purpose strategic plan started in 2015. (Please see for more information on the Harley School’s finances.) 

What portion of my donation will go into the Faculty Endowment?

When you respond with a gift to the Sands Challenge, 100 percent of your gift will be put into the Faculty Endowment.


Does my Harley Fund gift get matched under the Sands Challenge?

Your gift to the Harley Fund is separate from the match being offered by the Sands family, but it is included in the Lives of Great Purpose Campaign and is critical to meeting the greatest needs of the school in the current year. We encourage all members of the Harley community to give as meaningful a gift as possible to the Harley Fund and then, if possible, make an additional gift to the Faculty Endowment which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Sands Family Foundation. 

Stay tuned for matching opportunities and a Harley Fund Thankful Appeal for teacher professional development in the months to come.

What is the Harley Circle?

Donors who make unrestricted gifts of $1,000 or more each year to the Harley Fund are recognized through the leadership giving society called the Harley Circle. Members are shown appreciation through special events and in the Report on Giving. Sustaining Members make a three year commitment and receive a Harley Circle pin.

For more information on supporting the Lives of Great Purpose Campaign, please contact Whitney Brice, Director of Development at 585-277-1116.