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Striving for Excellence in Education for Girls
Posted 02/02/2012 05:53AM

February 1, 2012

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Lincoln School: striving for excellence in education for girls
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Lincoln School, located on Providence's East Side, has been educating girls for 127 years.
Lincoln School's organizational endowment, established at the Foundation in 2011, will provide support for educational programs, scholarships, faculty programs, general support and the Lincoln Scholar Program at Lincoln School in Providence.

Head of School Julia Eells notes that bringing Lincoln's endowment to the Foundation "makes us a stronger school while underscoring our commitment to Rhode Island." She adds, "Investing with The Rhode Island Foundation makes sense for us as a small institution with big ambitions. We have so many connections with the Foundation through our alumnae and other members of our community, it just seemed like a perfect fit."

Alumna and current Lincoln parent Paula Murray McNamara, who chairs the school's board of trustees, adds her perspective. "We have been impressed with the leadership of the Foundation in the community. Who can disagree with an entity that is all about philanthropy?"

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"The aims of a Lincoln education are confidence, achievement, a commitment to service, and a life-long love of learning."  (from the School's mission statement)
Both Julia and Paula are confident in Lincoln's capacity to build new programs and enhance its facilities as a result of growing its endowment at the Foundation. Even as they near the finish line of implementing a five-year strategic plan, they are already looking ahead to the next stage in Lincoln's history.

"We have accomplished a great deal since Julia's arrival," says Paula. "Thirty-four percent of Lincoln girls graduate with an intention to major in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) in college, thanks to an emphasis on STEM in Lincoln's classrooms. Lincoln's Faxon Farm athletic facility boasts the first lined turf fields at an all-girls school. Socioeconomic diversity has expanded in a way that benefits all of us. An endowment for faculty research and development has also grown significantly. And we are partnering on a regular basis with other great local institutions."

While there have been many changes at Lincoln over the decades - the school celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2009  - what remains the same is striving for excellence in education for girls. Lincoln is dedicated to providing opportunities for girls to experience as broad and global a perspective as possible.

"We may be small, but our reach is significant," says Julia. Paula concludes, "We are here to create leaders for communities, families, for our country. We invest in our girls so that they in turn will invest in their communities, make a difference, and have an impact."



Rhode Island nonprofits entrust Foundation with endowments


Lincoln School is just one of the nearly 150 Rhode Island nonprofit organizations that have entrusted the Foundation with management of their endowments and receive regular grant distributions from their fund. See a list of organizational endowment funds held at the Foundation.

For more information, call or email Zeldy Lyman, development officer, (401) 427-4020.



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