Some 15 years ago a small group of Old Members in the United States decided to begin soliciting annual donations to benefit the House from the 500 or so Old Members resident in the U.S. As a result ,the American Friends of Christ Church was created. At the same time, it was decided to establish the American Friends’ Scholarships for American graduates of North American universities who wished to pursue graduate studies in any discipline at the House. Support of these Scholarships was the initial goal of the American Friends’ Annual Appeals and over a period of time funds were raised to support six or seven scholars annually.
The American Friends was incorporated and obtained charitable status in the U.S. in 2004. Since then, the American Friends has acted as the entity through which U.S. resident Old Members and friends may make tax deductible donations to Christ Church, either in support of the enlarged Annual Fund or to help various capital projects.
The American Friends is run by its President, Peter S. Paine Jr., 1957, with the support of Ogden N. Lewis, 1965, Treasurer and Gregor E. Sohns, 1968, Vice President. All act on a pro bono basis. The considerable administrative tasks are all handled by Peter’s able Executive Assistant, Cindy Monty, and the Friends work hand in glove with the Development and Alumni Office in Christ Church.
Thanks to the generosity of our U.S. resident Old Members and friends, the American Friends has a remarkable record of achievement. Since 2004 the American Friends have raised:
$ 273,000 for the American Friends Scholarships. 48 students have benefited.
$ 191,000 for other projects supported by the Annual Fund.
$ 3,622,000 for various capital projects of the Campaign for Christ Church.
Grand Total: $4,086,000
In addition, of course, the extraordinary benefaction of $50m from Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman was also contributed via the American Friends.
Thank you to everyone.
Peter S. Paine Jr.
Mr Peter S Paine Jr
American Friends of Christ Church, Inc
Champlain National Bank
PO BOX 130
3900 NY State Rt 22