Philanthropy has always been a fundamental part of Aiglon’s identity – and it played a crucial role this year as our school adapted, and thrived.
Welcome to the inaugural issue of our annual Impact Report —a publication which looks back over one of the most unusual years in Aiglon history. Yet despite the challenges there have been many constants. Our distinctive culture, educational approach, and natural setting are second to none. But, for me, there are two additional factors that continue to really set our school apart. The first is Aiglon's not-for-profit nature. And the second is that we have an outstanding scholarship programme that sets recipients on a path to success at university and beyond. Looking back as I conclude my first year on the mountain, what I have discovered is just how deep your support for these initiatives runs.
As a school run on non-profit principles, everything we do is reinvested into the student experience, while philanthropy – whether service, in support of scholars or the school itself – is a fundamental part of our identity. Therefore, this impact report attempts to document, report, and celebrate the impact philanthropy has had, most visibly in the success of the past academic year.
Your gifts support Aiglon's community and enable us to provide scholarships, carry out our ambitious campus masterplan and allow the College to go beyond its operational needs to provide a truly exceptional experience.
Gifts also support Aiglon's people - and that impact goes far beyond our mountain home, profoundly affecting the lives of scholars and their classmates, staff, and alumni. I hope you will enjoy hearing more about this in the pages of this report.
Finally, gifts bring our community together. In March, we asked you to contribute to the Aiglon Emergency Relief Fund to provide a financial buffer to students facing immediate unexpected financial challenges. You stepped up quickly, funding remote learning needs and unexpected flight costs, helping us to ensure that students continued with their education – wherever they were in the world.
It all speaks to a third factor that sets Aiglon apart – something I could never have guessed until I came up the mountain – that we are part of a remarkable and resilient community. The Aiglon community didn't just embrace the challenges and adversity of this year, it overcame them. Thank you for making this possible.
About Reid A. Ching
Reid is Aiglon's Director of Development & Alumni Relations. Reid is originally from Hawai'i in the United States and joined Aiglon most recently from Imperial College London. He brings a wide range of experience in development and international education and has enjoyed connecting with Aiglon's alumni community around the world.