The Annual Fund provides approximately 25% of the cost to deliver Link’s mission each year and is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and civic groups that share our commitment to educating Newark area youth by nourishing mind, body and spirit in a challenging and supportive community founded on Core Values and a deep belief that every child can succeed.Specifically, the Annual Fund generates support for the elective program, outdoor adventure education, experiential education and partnerships, arts and cultural field trips, extracurricular activities and athletics. In addition to direct student programming, the Annual Fund enables Link to invest in its faculty through teacher development programs, for our students’ success is directly tied to the strength of our faculty. Finally, the Annual Fund supports facility maintenance and upkeep that provides a strong physical learning environment. Below are the major ways in which we work to reach our Annual Fund goal each year:Annual AppealThe Annual Appeal is a multi-platform campaign that runs each school year. Those who have supported Link for years and those who are new friends are asked to make a gift at this time to support the many ways in which Link develops the whole child and arms its faculty with the skills needed to support student growth.
Special InitiativesEvery few years, Link identifies special initiatives that need support, usually an outgrowth of strategic planning and self-assessment. Support for these targeted areas is critical to maintaining a level of excellence with respect to the academic programming and character development that Link provides to prepare youngsters from Newark and the surrounding urban area for success at outstanding private and magnet high schools and beyond. Current initiatives being funded include technology, the arts and facilities enhancements.
Special Events – A Taste of NewarkThis exciting and unique annual celebration of Link’s work in Newark features the finest food in and around Newark at one of the state’s most beautiful cultural sites, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The event, led by a Benefit Committee made up of trustees and supporters and held in November each year. To get involved in the planning or in supporting the event, please contact Link’s Development Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Events – Link’s Annual Golf OutingBegun by a few supporters who were also avid golfers, the Annual Link Golf Outing, held at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, New Jersey, gathers friends from northern/central New Jersey and New York City for a wonderful day of golf at one of the finest courses in the area. Led by a Benefit Committee comprised of trustees and supporters, the event provides support for Link’s ongoing technology initiative. To get involved in supporting the event, please contact Link’s Development Office, at email@example.com
Donating Goods and ServicesFrom time to time, Link staff or administration identifies resources needed to sustain our program – items or professional services that we cannot afford to purchase outright, but that would contribute to our program. The donation of an in-kind gift is so very much appreciated as it strengthens our operations and programming.