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80 in 8 - Which class will rise to the challenge?

$50,000 Parent Participation Challenge!

Help us cross the finish line with 80 gifts or pledges in 8 weeks for a $50,000 challenge match to the Academy Fund. 

Rev up your engines! Two current parents – Christopher & Mary Beth Ainsley (Lily ’22) and an anonymous parent of a senior – stepped forward and pledged $50,000 to inspire parent participation in honor of LFA faculty.*

The challenge works like this: if we reach 80 parent gifts in the next 8 weeks by December 31, 2020, these families will donate $50,000 to LFA.

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An 8-Week Race to the Challenge
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This challenge is a grade vs. grade challenge to see which class year secures the most gifts, and will be based on each family’s participation in the Academy Fund. Our collective impact ensures that LFA will continue to provide an excellent education to our students and support for our deserving faculty.

For families with children in more than one grade, your participation will be entered in each of your children's grades for the class competition; however, your gift will only be counted once in our race for 80 gifts in 8 weeks. For example, if your family has two children, one freshman and one junior, then your gift/pledge will be reflected in both the freshman and junior class counts but will only count once toward the overall goal of 80 gifts/pledges.

*Your gift is a vote of confidence and a note of gratitude for LFA’s mission and its faculty and leadership. Please consider a gift in honor of a faculty or staff member who has made a memorable impact on your child’s LFA experience. LFA will notify the honoree of your thoughtfulness, but not of the gift amount.

Checks payable to Lake Forest Academy may be mailed to: Lake Forest Academy – Office of Advancement, 1500 Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045 or made securely online at  Gifts from Donor Advised Funds or contributions of securities are welcome: