We give because it’s the right thing to do as citizens of the community. We give out of joy rather than obligation.
For Dean Scarborough and Janice Bini (Alexandra ‘11), giving is about personal, emotional connections.
Their connection with Flintridge Sacred Heart began during Alexandra’s freshman year. She attended another school, and it was not a good fit. During his first call with President Sister Carolyn McCormack, O.P. Dean immediately sensed that Flintridge Sacred Heart was interested in “supporting the whole girl by helping develop them personally and academically. It’s girls first on the Hill.” In this nurturing environment, Alexandra thrived.
Dean believes Flintridge Sacred Heart “prepares young women for productive and purposeful lives.” When “a young woman is surrounded by other women, they also learn the value of life long relationships with other women. Alexandra has put those friendships first,” and they continue to flourish.
It was on the Hill where Alexandra found her voice writing for the school paper, and she credits her journalism teacher with helping her develop strong writing skills. She also “developed the confidence to disagree and felt she could disagree.” This proved excellent preparation for a tough situation in college. Boys on the baseball team heckled her while she ran during tennis practice. Her experience on the Hill gave her the strength to approach the athletic director, who intervened.
Even though Alexandra graduated in 2011, the Scarboroughs continue to support the school because of the transformation she experienced while a student. Dean prefers giving to smaller organizations like Flintridge Sacred Heart as their gifts can be more meaningful, and they can develop a personal relationship with the organization. “We can go back and interact with students and see how much meaning it has to their day to day experience. We can see that our gifts make a difference in their lives.”
Janice adds, “We give because it’s the right thing to do as citizens of the community. We give out of joy rather than obligation.”
Dean recommends that potential donors find something that they want to give their “blood, sweat, money and tears to and determine what gives them the most satisfaction. Then find an area of the school that needs that.” They will see first-hand what their good works can do.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
440 St. Katherine Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 High School Office: 626-685-8300 Admissions: 626-685-8521