By Bill Whitaker, Founding President
December 27th, 2016
“I had no idea then how much we would be empowered to accomplish — and how far our students and alumni would reach — because of the loyalty of our benefactors.”
It is my hope that by now, many of our readers have had the opportunity to see the Washington Jesuit Academy’s latest Impact and Investor Report. On the occasion of our 15th anniversary, we chose to highlight even more of those factors that distinguish us — and our teachers, students, and alumni — and what makes us More, Together. On those pages, you will read about 15 years of milestones, quotes from our tireless educators, and perspectives from our incredibly talented and resilient graduates who still embrace the WJA now, years beyond our hallways.
As I was reviewing the piece again last week, I was struck and frankly humbled by what it took to get to this moment. It took a great deal of generosity, of commitment, of love.
A meaningful program like ours doesn’t just happen. In fact, as we charge no tuition and receive no public education funding from the District, we face the ever-worthwhile challenge of raising 100% of our budget from private donations each year. From the beginning, we had faith that a strong community of supporters would help us offer a life-changing education. But even as Founding President, I had no idea then how much we would be empowered to accomplish — and how far our students and alumni would reach — because of the loyalty of our benefactors.
Many, many people — including so many reading these words right now — have opened your hearts to the Washington Jesuit Academy’s mission. That much is clear as I read the list of last year’s donors, volunteers, and community partners in the Impact Report. Whether you invested in us 15 months ago or 15 years ago, you had a profound effect on a group of students who have infinite potential and view their tenure with us as the opportunity of a lifetime.
Indeed, it takes more than a village. We are more than a sum of our parts. Because of our loyal and generous benefactors, we truly are More, Together at the Washington Jesuit Academy.
So as we end 2016, I must say thank you. Thank you for choosing to support our mission. Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for embracing the Washington Jesuit Academy’s students and for empowering us to achieve so much to their service in our first 15 years.