One Campaign

One School. One Community.


Guess What? We did it! Your generosity has helped our community reach our $4.1 million fundraising goal for the One Campaign! THANK YOU!

90% of current parents contributed to the largest capital campaign in our school’s 31-year history. And we did it with gusto—in just shy of a year from organizing the One Campaign’s volunteer leadership.

The One Campaign Cabinet convened for its first meeting (January 21, 2016) to design a plan of how best to bring the community together in celebration and collaboration to raise the money we would need to realize our collective vision for a unified campus. And it was a lot of money.

On Leap Day (February 29, 2016), our “Look Back, Leap Forward” event brought together founders, alumni families and students, faculty, staff, current parents and the newly formed One Campaign Cabinet to celebrate the future of what can be, while giving thanks to the solid foundation of what has been.

Extraordinary giving in the silent phase of the Campaign included a $1 million grant from The Windover Foundation. With that, we announced that we’d raised $3.8 million in pledges and gifts at the “Breaking New Ground” event on September 16. As we opened the public phase of the Campaign, a legendary phone-a-thon helped us reach out to each parent in the school, launching a series of one-on-one meetings and discussions that lasted through the end of the year.

In late October, we received more wonderful news: a $100,000 challenge gift offered by a grandparent to help us reach our fundraising goal by the end of 2016. That powerful incentive, followed by numerous heartfelt expressions of what our school means to our hardworking families, beautifully captured in a letter penned by Steve Sinisi, did the trick! Words can’t express how grateful we are for the families who challenged and motivated us to push on toward our goal.

As we begin 2017, your gifts toward our fundraising goal have ensured a unified campus at Maine Coast Waldorf School. What’s more, we will build the necessary infrastructure to secure a lasting vision of our collective future. Like so many projects in life, especially those as ambitious in scope and purpose as ours, more can always be done. Additional funding needs still exist, and we will continue fundraising to address these needs. Only a community as committed as ours, with its deeply philanthropic roots, can support this amazing growth.

Countless thanks for the support, time, and energy given by our One Campaign team! These parents and faculty selflessly gave so much of themselves to organize and build enthusiasm amongst their peers, colleagues and friends for this mission. Not an easy task or a comfortable one for many, but they did it—and more! We would have never reached our goal without their heroic efforts. So if you see one of them in your travels, please extend a handshake or hug. They earned it!

Cabinet members:
Kristina Färm-Morrill (Faculty)
David Barham (Faculty)
Dana Anderson
Mark Ruggiero
Victoria Stefanakos
Melisa Walker

Team of solicitors:
Masey Kaplan
Jeanne Mattson
Sarah Pierce
Susan Stark
Michael Stefanakos
Stacie Hamilton-Waldron
Susan Wallace

We owe Melissa Hoy an extra debt of gratitude for her exceptional organization, spreadsheet mastery and remarkable ability to keep the communication lines flowing among so many of us. We are also grateful for the wise guidance and mentoring of our campaign consultant, Mary Sylvester. We can think of no better champion for our cause.

Our cause brings us to you, the most important members of our team. Together, we can embrace and celebrate this truly inspired level of generosity, generosity that springs from the heart and soul of our community. Thank you—from all of us—for being part of this thrilling transition for our school as we unite our campus and build our future. Stay tuned for news of ribbon cutting ceremonies to celebrate our progress as well as updates about how our fundraising continues. Until then, we offer our deepest admiration and endless gratitude.


One Campaign

Thirty years ago the founders of our school shared a bold vision: to provide an outstanding Waldorf education in an environment where students and families have ample time and space to think, explore, create, and grow together from early childhood through high school. Through careful planning and the generosity of many who came before us, our community has made tremendous progress toward that founding vision.

We are now poised to bring the school together onto one campus with transformative impact for our community. A truly integrated campus offering a fully integrated curriculum will benefit and enhance each family’s educational journey.

The Campaign will develop the financial resources required to bring to fruition essential projects that will help achieve the best Waldorf educational experience for each child. We have set an ambitious but achievable goal to raise $4.1 million in charitable donations from the extended community. In addition, we will increase our current loan of $2 million - an amount that does not impact either tuition levels or our operating expenses, but equitably shares the cost with future families.

These initiatives will address multiple needs for our current and future students, faculty, parents, and alumni. They also position the school to become a world class educational model, fulfilling our commitment to awaken the highest potential in every student. In turn, Maine Coast Waldorf alumni will meet tomorrow’s challenges with creativity, empathy, and a deep sense of responsibility toward the world.

Please join us in this campaign to realize our exciting future as one school.

With gratitude for this wonderful school and its community,
The Board of Directors of Maine Coast Waldorf School

For more information:

Contact us at [email protected].

Or download one of our Project Summaries below:
adobe_pdf_file_icon_32x32  Community Hall Additions Project Summary
adobe_pdf_file_icon_32x32  Educational Support Project Summary
adobe_pdf_file_icon_32x32  Outdoor Spaces Project Summary
adobe_pdf_file_icon_32x32  High School Project Summary

  • Campaign Leadership

One Campaign - Cabinet
Mary Sylvester, Sylvester Strategies; Kristina Färm-Morrill, MCWS Early Childhood Faculty; Mark Ruggiero; Victoria Stefanakos; Lisa Lukis, Co-chair; Melisa Walker; Tay Veitch, Co-chair; Lynne Espy, MCWS Development Director; David Barham, MCWS High School Faculty; Dana Anderson

build team
One Campaign - Architect and Build Team
Harry Hepburn, Briburn; Manning Morrill, MCWS Rep; Phil Kaplan, Kaplan Thompson Architects; Chris Briley, Briburn; Jason Donahue, Architect; Peter Warren, Warren Construction; Alyssa Keating, Briburn; Dave Merrill, Warren Construction

One Campaign. One School. One Community.

Ways to Support the One Campaign

All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Cash gifts provide a safe and secure way to make a tax-deductible gift today. These donations may be made by cash or check, payable and sent to Maine Coast Waldorf School. Or make your gift online.

Gifts of Securities
Gifts of appreciated securities provide immediate tax benefits and avoid capital gains tax.

Planned Gifts: IRAs, Bequests, and Trusts
Naming Maine Coast Waldorf School as the beneficiary of an IRA, a Bequest, or a Trust provides tax and financial planning benefits to you, as well as future support for the school.

To support the One Campaign today, please contact:
Lynne Espy, Development Director
[email protected]
207.865.3900 Ext. 116