Everything you need to know about The Peck Promise

Would you like to learn more about how we’re keeping the Peck Promise? Our Campaign Leadership team is looking forward to talking with you!

Please contact Lauren Spirig, Peck's Campaign Director, at (973) 539-8660 x 135 or fill out the form below to begin your conversation.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Questions | Answered

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the purpose of the Peck Promise campaign?

    This campaign supports the realization of our 2016 master plan. The master plan was developed through a process that began by evaluating each of our existing spaces and their ability to support the academic priorities of our 2015 strategic plan. Working with KSQ Design, the school used its 2015 Strategic Plan as a blueprint to guide the new master plan, looking exhaustively at current space before imagining new ones.  The aim was to create more flexible learning spaces, more community spaces, and a more intentional overall campus plan while ensuring each building suits our 21st century needs.
  • Q. Who is leading the campaign?

    Leading the Peck Promise Campaign are Co-Chairs Carrie Kurtzman and David Welsh, along with the full Campaign Steering Committee.
  • Q. What are the key components of the campaign?

    The campaign is phased over a multi-year period, and began in summer 2017 with four projects: the Kindergarten building modernization, the 7th and 8th Grade Commons, the Robotics Lab, and the Idea & Design Lab in Lindenwold. 

    In summer 2018, construction began on the new Peck Commons building, which will ultimately replace the Old Gym and Dining Hall and open Lindenwold's timeless beauty to South Street. The building will include a larger dining room and adjacent multipurpose space, an expanded kitchen, two music classrooms, a new InDeCoRe Lab, as well as two terraces. 

    Additionally, we completed some meaningful renovations to Higgins Library. Construction on The Peck Commons wrapped up in summer 2019, along with a handful of additional summer renovations, including the Kirby Lower School addition and science lab expansion, as well as the conversion of the current music rooms in Eckert-Huff to new 6th-8th grade science labs, completing our STEAM wing. 

    Finally, the last phase of the construction included site work to create a new quad in front of Lindenwold, and added 25 new parking spaces to enhance the traffic flow for drop-off and pick-up.
  • Q. How will it be paid for?

    Projects will be funded by the capital campaign and a limited amount of financing to cover the difference between funds raised and building costs, and to bridge the timing gap between construction expenses incurred and pledge collection.
  • Q. How much do you hope to raise through the campaign?

    Following a campaign planning study in 2017, we established a minimum campaign goal of $12M. It is our hope that our generous community will bring us far past that goal!
  • Q. How will Peck handle campus security and safety throughout the construction period?

    We hold ourselves to the highest expectations when it comes to maintaining the safety and security of all on campus. Peck's security team and administration will be working closely with the construction site manager throughout the entire project.

    All individuals working on campus, with all construction contractors and vendors, undergo background checks and a thorough vetting process through their employer. Each worker checks in and out of campus daily. Our academic buildings will remain locked during the day, and we will continue to enforce our badge identification system and check-in protocol (all guests must check in at Lindenwold and receive a visitor's badge).

    In addition, all construction areas will be fully screened off, with every precaution taken to ensure that no student ever accesses the live construction site. 

    The addition of a Morristown police officer to direct traffic and patrol campus daily has also greatly enhanced our security presence.
  • Q. How do I make a gift to the campaign?

    Please contact Lauren Spirig, Campaign Director, if you would like to discuss a gift to the campaign. We accept cash, checks, credit cards, and marketable securities. Gifts may be pledged and paid over five years, or may be made outright. We are happy to work with you to structure your gift payment and timing to be right for your family. If you are interested in making a planned gift, please contact Lauren Spirig.
  • Q. What is the difference between annual and campaign gifts?

    Annual fund (The Peck Fund) gifts are given to support daily operating costs, to offset/reduce tuition increases, explore new educational initiatives and pilot programs, and engage in long-term planning for the future of Peck. They also serve to support faculty professional development.

    Campaign gifts are given in addition to annual fund gifts and are usually over a period of up to five years. Campaign gifts in support of specific programs and projects such as the capital renovations identified by the school and its Trustees are crucial to the fulfillment of our vision and mission. In this campaign, gifts support the facilities projects outlined in the 2016 master plan.
  • Q. If I'm unable to give to both The Peck Fund (annual fund) and the campaign, should I minimize my annual fund gift in order to support the campaign later?

    No. The Peck Fund provides critical unrestricted dollars to the daily operations of the school. If you are able to give above and beyond your annual gift in order to support the campaign, the school will be most grateful. However, if you are only able to give a limited amount, we encourage you to continue your important support of The Peck Fund. 
  • Q. Can I make a multi-year pledge to the campaign?

    Yes. Gifts can be pledged and fulfilled over five years or less.
  • Q. Can I restrict my gift?

    Unrestricted gifts are the Board of Trustees' top priority for The Peck Promise campaign. This provides the school with the flexibility to apply funding where it is most needed for the current projects.
  • Q. What types of recognition will be offered to campaign donors?

    All donors to The Peck Promise campaign will be recognized, unless they express a desire to remain anonymous. In addition, we are pleased to offer a limited number of naming opportunities as an expression of enduring gratitude to our most generous donors and longtime friends. 
  • Q. Who do I contact for more information?

    Please direct inquires about The Peck Promise to Lauren Spirig, Campaign Director, at 973-539-8600 ext 135 or lspirig@peckschool.org.

Questions?  To find out how you can be part of The Peck Promise Campaign, contact Lauren Spirig, Campaign Director, at 973-539-8660 x135 or lspirig@peckschool.org.

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