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The Campaign for Emma Willard School

See the horizon, our horizon, stretch beyond Mount Ida, beyond boundaries and borders, beyond expectations and conventions.

See the Horizon, Our Horizon, Radiant with Promise

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.


Head of School Jenny Rao


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


key priorities
covering 14 initiatives


years to reach our goal


in gifts and pledges as of
April 30, 2024

Ellen Strickler ’53

A board member, committee chair, fundraiser, leader, and recipient of the Service to Emma Willard Award, Ellen Strickler ’53 has shown a lifetime commitment to her school.

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Sarah Soule ’77 Establishes the “Sallie Gardner Endowed Scholarship Fund” with Campaign Gift

Sarah Goodwin Soule ’77 has made a generous contribution to the Infinite Horizon campaign to fund an endowed scholarship for students with demonstrated financial need. A former Alumnae Association Council member, Class Bulletin Reporter, two-time reunion chair, and 2022 recipient of the Service to Emma Willard Award, Sarah credits the inspiration for her philanthropy to her parents and her close friend Linda Gill Anderson ’77, co-chair of the Infinite Horizon campaign.




Seat Campaign
We invite you to be a part of that experience by giving a gift of $500 to the Wallace Center, which will be recognized on nameplates placed on the back of the padded benches that make up the fixed seating in the Klingenstein Concert Hall.