I am honored to address King’s alumni, parents and friends in this issue of The Lion’s Pride for the first time, and I am also honored that I have joined King’s Academy this past March to support the mission and vision of this institution. We have completed fiscal year 2019-2020 at King’s Academy raising US $4,634,295 in gifts and with total fundraising activity, including pledged amounts, reaching $5M. We are privileged to have received gifts from 360 donors who are our partners in advancing the mission of His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein “to develop and empower young leaders who will drive change within and beyond their communities, and eventually across borders.”
The generosity of our alumni, parents and friends has been a key factor in our success in growing an institution that is a beacon of teaching and learning in the country, the region and across the world. We are especially proud of our 190 donors who have given to King’s during the global COVID-19 pandemic, despite its massive effects on the global economy. Giving at these times is a selfless act of generosity that we respect and admire. This club of donors also includes our own trustees, who all made remarkable donations to King’s. Due to the uncertainty of these times, we couldn’t celebrate the generosity of many trustees who made major gifts to the institution. We proudly list their names in this report and firmly acknowledge how they lead by example.
The history of philanthropy at our school is not recent. Since its establishment 14 years ago, His Majesty King Abdullah II championed the philanthropic efforts at King’s to build an extraordinary campus with world-class facilities. This initial campaign was the catalyst for every other fundraising effort that would follow, allowing King’s to grow not only into but also beyond its potential.
Moreover, King’s itself is philanthropic by nature: during this fiscal year, more than 50 percent of the student body received some kind of financial support. This is a reflection of our firm belief in the diversity, inclusion and tolerance of our student body. We will always work to attract the best and the brightest students to King’s Academy, and this can never happen without the support we are getting from you, our donors, whom we recognize in this publication.
We can’t, however, talk about philanthropy without describing how giving has been demonstrated in recent months in Jordan, as the whole country committed to working collectively to help combat the COVID-19 outbreak. In giving and philanthropy, leading by example is key, and His Majesty King Abdullah II has steadfastly and compassionately led the way in mobilizing the nation’s efforts. His leadership inspired every sector in the country to start giving and to work together toward one mission: preventing the underprivileged from suffering and ensuring the survival of Jordan’s socioeconomic wellbeing. This collective effort and spirit of giving was demonstrated through the establishment of fundraisers and charitable initiatives, including generous and creative contributions and efforts by King’s Academy donors, parents, alumni, staff and even current students.
I look forward to connecting with you all so that we can work together in advancing the educational mission of King’s and hence ensure a positive impact on our communities at home and around the globe.
Thank you for your support.
Rami Abi Jomaa
Chief Advancement Officer