Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation
What is Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation?
Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization the exists exclusively to “encourage, facilitate and support the ongoing activities of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls.” The Hawthorn Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, a majority of whom are appointed by the Board of Directors of Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. The Board works alongside the staff of the Foundation to plan strategically for the funding needs of the school and engages the St. Louis community in raising awareness and funding to support the school.
Since its inception in 2014, the Hawthorn Foundation has been successful in raising funds to purchase the stately school building at 1901 N. Kingshighway 63113 that serves as Hawthorn’s hub. With further support from the community, we have renovated the building in three stages so that it supports Hawthorn’s educational program, including state of the art science labs, ADA accessibility, modern infrastructure, and welcoming learning spaces.
As a charter public school, Hawthorn School receives public funding based on the number of students attending the school. These funds go a substantial way toward covering the school’s costs, but there remains a gap in what the school receives in public funds and the cost of providing our high quality, STEM-focused college prep education; the Foundation raises funds annually to fill this gap, providing ongoing operating costs.
Hawthorn could not exist without the generous support and demonstrated commitment of the visionary people who have provided funding to launch the school and to support its success during the first three years. Our ability to build and sustain the school depends on our friends’ investment in this unique and important educational opportunity.
Mrs. Mary Stillman
Executive Director, Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation
A.B. Princeton University, J.D. Yale Law School
Mrs. Stillman founded Hawthorn so that young women in St. Louis would have the opportunity to attend an all-girls school with rigorous academics, co-curricular activities that help them expand their talents, and the chance to build deep and lasting friendships. Mrs. Stillman focuses on building community support for Hawthorn and raising funds to supplement the school’s public financing. Mrs. Stillman enjoys hiking, reading, watching hockey, playing board games and hanging out with her family.
Mrs. Kristie Skor
Director of Stewardship and Major Gifts, Hawthorn Leadership School Foundation
B.A. Communications, University of Missouri
Mrs. Skor is passionate about the power of education and is honored to be part of the fundraising team at Hawthorn. She has 15 years of nonprofit experience in St. Louis and is invigorated by good work that is happening here. She is grateful for the generous community of supporters who believe in our work and for the incredible faculty, staff, families, and students who bring such joy to our school. When she is not working Mrs. Skor enjoys travel, running, cycling, yoga, cooking, music, and nature.
Mrs. Claire Byrne
Director of Development
M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Ferris State University College of Business
Mrs. Byrne is excited to join the development team at Hawthorn to support young women in the St. Louis community and STEM education. Originally from an events background, she spent the past several years in development at Washington University for the McKelvey School of Engineering. She enjoys getting to know students and being able to see the direct impact support from friends of Hawthorn is able to provide. In her free time, Mrs. Byrne enjoys cooking with her husband, spending time with her pets, staying active with friends, and trying new restaurants around the area.
Mary Stillman, Chair
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