As an independent school, we rely on the generosity of our families and friends. Gifts of all kinds and all sizes are greatly appreciated. Below are ways your voluntary support can impact our community and your family’s experience at LREI.
The360 Support Fund was created to support community members whose lives and livelihoods have been especially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a designated fund giving the director of the school the means to provide immediate financial assistance to students, families, faculty, and staff who have lost income and have essential living expenses that they cannot meet as a result of the pandemic. Over the next few months, this fund will support unanticipated, critical needs that require a timely and compassionate response. If you have a need for assistance please contact Phil Kassen or the member of the school’s administration with whom you are most comfortable speaking. To donate to the 360 Support Fund, please click here.
The Fund for LREI, our Annual Fund, is the cornerstone of the school’s fundraising efforts. Each year, LREI relies on unrestricted Fund for LREI contributions to provide educational resources for students and faculty not covered by tuition alone. Your gift is an investment in LREI's remarkable educational experience.
From time to time, our administration identifies a particular program or facility need and will seek funding from the LREI community. These restricted gifts are for a specific purpose and are separate from the Annual Fund.
Legacy gifts most often are made through a trust, annuity, insurance policy or bequest. The Elisabeth Irwin Heritage Society recognizes members of the community who make charitable provisions for LREI.
Many companies will match employees’ gifts to non-profit organizations. To take advantage of these programs, ask your Human Resources department for a matching gift form, then complete and return it to LREI with your gift.
In addition to essential financial support, we rely on the tremendous volunteer spirit in our community. Whether creating a school-wide event or joining a committee, acting as a class parent or organizing one of our annual auctions, dedicated parents make our community who we are. Please click HERE to learn more about our PA Committee opportunities.
Ryann joined our Advancement team in 2010. She manages and strategizes the LREI Annual Fund, including our phonathons and faculty/staff campaign, as well as planned giving and our biennial Art Auction. Before coming to LREI, Ryann was a fundraiser for NYU after serving on their Undergraduate Admissions committee for four years. A former competitive figure skater, Ryann continues to stay active by training for the occasional 5K or half marathon and swimming. In her free time, she also enjoys the many fantastic restaurants and cultural institutions in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband. Ryann volunteers as a Big Apple Greeter, with the Church Ave BID and the First Presbyterian Church in the City of NY.
Elisabeth has been the Alumni & Events Manager at LREI since 2016. Her role includes planning major fundraising events, engaging LREI’s vibrant alumni network and working with the student-led service learning program. In addition to working at LREI, she teaches English and computer classes at Voces Latinas—an organization dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS and domestic violence in Jackson Heights, Queens.
Kate came to LREI as the Advancement Associate in July of 2012. She provides support for all fundraising events and activities and primarily works on the Building For Action campaign. Previously, she was an assistant at the not-for-profit organization, Hedge Funds Care, Preventing at Treating Child Abuse, where she worked on the events and development team. In her free time, Kate enjoys reading and horseback riding.
Jorge Marron joined our Advancement team in 2019. He is a photographer and videographer with experience in graphic design and marketing. He manages lrei.org, the school's social media content, and works closely with the Admissions Office to develop advertising campaigns. Before coming to LREI, Jorge worked as a video editor and audio designer for the television company DISH. He started working in New York City as an independent photographer and videographer for art galleries, record labels, and education institutions. After working as a freelance producer of several project-based videos for the LREI website, covering sports and other related events, and working for two years with the Summers at LREI’s media team, he joined in full capacity as the new Communications Manager.
Violeta grew up at LREI before attending Vassar College. She is thrilled to be back at LREI, keeping in touch with alumni and thinking of new ways to bring our community together. When she is not in the Advancement Office, Violeta works in theater and enjoys dancing.
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