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"Ambassadors and Advocates:" Volunteers and philanthropy at SPA
Posted 02/29/2016 11:05AM

SPA parent Mrunalini Parvataneni isn’t looking for ways to fill her time: the pediatric ophthalmologist known as “Dr. P” to her young patients has a thriving medical practice, two busy children in Grades 7 and 5, and a number of community service roles, including her work on SPA’s Board of Trustees. But when she was approached to serve as the Chair of the Leadership Giving Society (LGS), it never occurred to her to say no. “Our children are so happy at SPA—they love learning, they love their friends, and they are being prepared for the real world in ways they don’t even understand yet. All that is made possible by philanthropy,” she says, “and so not contributing to that when the school asked for my help wasn’t even an option.”

Parvataneni works closely with SPA’s Office of Institutional Advancement on reaching out to potential members of the Leadership Giving Society, coordinating events for current members, and strategic planning for the future—work that Sarah Johnson, the school’s Senior Development Officer, considers critical to the success of the LGS. “It sounds like a cliché, but we honestly could not do our work without our parent and alumni/ae volunteers,” Johnson says. “They are our most passionate ambassadors and advocates,” she says, “and that passion is what is truly most important. The dollars raised are critical, clearly, but it’s the volunteers’ commitment to the school that sends such a strong message about the school’s values and priorities.”

That commitment is also what drives parents Christina and Jonesy Worrall, who are the lead volunteers for the Annual Fund’s parent efforts. “Volunteering for the Annual Fund has become intrinsic to our commitment to the SPA community, because we know that the work will have a positive impact close to home and out in the community,” says Christina. “We love that SPA is providing our sons with an exceptional education, but we also love the intangibles of the school community that promote empathy, confidence, resiliency, diversity, curiosity, and warmth,” Jonesy adds. “We are very much aware that the Annual Fund enables delivery of those intangibles at SPA, and we value the opportunity to share that with parents, alumni/ae near and far, faculty, and staff in support of SPA.”


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