Raise the Shield, Fenwick’s 8th annual day of giving, is coming soon!
Mark your calendars for this year’s Raise the Shield - Fenwick’s 24-hour day of giving!
This year's goal of $275,000 will collectively fund the average financial aid award for 40 students. Every dollar raised goes directly to financial assistance for our families who need it.
This online fundraising event will be held from 9 p.m. on Feb. 21st through 9 p.m. on Feb. 22nd, 2024. Our goal is to engage Friars from across the state, the country and around the world in support of Fenwick.
We did it! In one day, over 700 members of our Fenwick Community came together to raise more than $250,000 and secure a Friars' education for many young men and women! From our students, current school parents, future school parents, alumni, faculty and staff, we thank you for giving this life-changing opportunity to the families who will benefit from your generosity.
Back by Popular Demand! During the week of Raise the Shield lunch periods, students will contribute coins to their own class' bucket to earn points and paper bills to other class buckets to deduct from their totals. The winning class will receive a dress-down day for their efforts!
Raise The Shield is a Fenwick-centric “giving day”. This online fundraising event will be held in the spring of every year. Our goal is to engage Friars from across the state, the country and around the world in this support of Fenwick.
Gifts received from Raise The Shield support the Fenwick Fund. Like all Fenwick Fund (annual giving) donations, your contributions during Raise the Shield support tuition assistance for worthy students, as well as enhance the entire student experience through support of all academic departments, fine arts programs, student activities, and athletics. Raise the Shield dollars provide unrestricted support for Fenwick’s budget, without which Fenwick could not offer the first-class, transformative experience that we do.
Absolutely! Support from the ENTIRE Fenwick community is what makes our school a remarkable place! No matter what your connection is to Fenwick, your donation will be counted toward our Raise The Shield goals.
If you would like to make your gift via a credit/debit card over the phone, please contact Cindy Erwin, Director for Annual Giving at (708) 948-0324. If you would prefer to send us a check, please make it payable to Fenwick High School and put Raise The Shield in the memo line, so we know to include it in our final totals.
You can spread the word about this great event on your social networks. Send emails to your friends and family, and direct them to this page. And on the day, use #RaiseTheShield on Facebook and Twitter.
Raise the Shield History
Fenwick’s first ever 24-hour on-line day-of-giving was held on February 22, 2017. It was a rousing success with nearly 800 donors (not including current students) and $180,000 raised toward the Fenwick Fund in a single day! Since the first year, thousands of Friars have donated more than $1.1M in support of our students.
In 2017, the members of the class of 2016 had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the classes of 1974 and 1989.
In 2018, the members of the class of 2017 had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the classes of 2016 and 1982.
In 2019, the members of the classes of 1974 and 2018 tied for the highest number of donors.
In 2020, members of the Class of 1974 had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the Classes of 2019, 2018 and 2017.
In 2021, members of the Class of 1974 once again had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the Classes of 1968, 1989 and 2019.
In 2022, members of the Class of 1974 once again had the highest number of donors, followed closely behind by the Classes of 1992, 1968 and 2003.
In 2023, members of the Class of 1974 once again had the highest number of donors, marking the fifth year in a row!
The goal was to engage Friars from across the state, the country and around the world in support of Fenwick. It also helped inspire some healthy competition among our alumni classes! Raise the Shield marketing was driven by videos and social media created and produced by current Fenwick students. Please click here to watch the inaugural trailer.
Raise the Shieldwill only continue to grow in coming years as a community-wide event to express generosity to Fenwick for all it has meant to Friars and their families and friends.
Please help us Raise the Shield each and every year!
Your gift strengthens the mission of Fenwick High School—"to inspire excellence and educate each student to lead, achieve and serve"—and furthers the 800-year-old legacy of the four core spiritual values of the Dominicans.