The Campaign for Emma Willard School

See the horizon, our horizon, stretch beyond Mount Ida, beyond boundaries and borders, beyond expectations and conventions.
More than two hundred years ago, our school was founded by a woman who was determined to map uncharted territory. With this groundbreaking campaign, we honor—and extend—the legacy of Emma Hart Willard. Infinite Horizon: The Campaign for Emma Willard School is a watershed moment in education: the largest known campaign for an independent girls’ secondary school in American history.

Campaign Goal: $175 million


Our goal is $175 million, yet Infinite Horizon is about much more than that groundbreaking number. It’s about preparing new generations of students to wrestle with vast new challenges. It’s about giving more bright students access to an exceptional education. It’s about freedom and flexibility, creativity and opportunity, history and innovation—for our students, for our teachers, for our school.


~ Jenny Rao, Head of School

Campaign Leadership

    • Campaign Co-Chair

      Linda Gill Anderson ’77

    • Campaign Co-Chair

      Wendy S. Graham ’85

    • Honorary Co-Chair

      Susie Hunter ’68

    • Honorary Co-Chair

      Vicky Thompson Winterer ’61

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  • SIX

    key priorities covering 14 initiatives
  • FIVE

    years to reach our goal
  • $118,778,653

    raised to date

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  • Leading with Purpose: Our Aspirations for Our Future

    As part of the recent Reunion Weekend, Head of School Jenny Rao shared an update on the “Leading with Purpose” strategic plan in an information session for alumnae. This five-year plan was launched just last fall with incredible progress already made toward many of its key objectives. Watch Ms. Rao’s video welcome and read through the provided transcript of the presentation for a comprehensive look at our aspirations for the future of Emma Willard.
  • Signature magazine spring 2022

    Signature Magazine Introduces Infinite Horizon

    In the Spring 2022 edition of Emma Willard School’s Signature magazine, we introduce the leadership of our recently-announced capital campaign, Infinite Horizon, and explore some of the early gifts of the campaign.

Our Mission

Honoring its founder’s vision, Emma Willard School proudly fosters in each young woman a love of learning, the habits of an intellectual life, and the character, moral strength, and qualities of leadership to serve and shape her world.
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