2020: Giving Back in Gratitude

Carroll Connection, 2021-22

In the wake of a wildly successful capital campaign—over $32.7 million dollars raised—the future of philanthropy at Carroll is shining bright.

It’s no mistake the theme of last year’s If Not for Carroll capital campaign celebration was, “We Dream Big,” because that’s how Carroll has grown, evolved, and succeeded from the very beginning.

In fact, philanthropy has been key to every big step forward we’ve taken as a community, from our expanded campuses, to the development of critical learning initiatives, to our deep commitment to professional development.

When neuropsychiatrist Dr. Edwin Cole co-founded Carroll School in 1967, opening our doors to just seven students and three faculty, he reached out directly to parents and friends of Carroll to ensure those numbers would and could grow, because the need wasn’t going away. Now, more than 50 years later, the Cole Society welcomes those who have thoughtfully included Carroll in their estate plans in his name—a true reflection of his visionary legacy.

While we’re relatively young as a school, a strong tradition of giving has already taken root —in no small part because our families feel such a strong sense of gratitude. We hear time and time again how rewarding and powerful it is to give when they’ve been hoping and searching for the right answer to their child’s needs… and they’ve finally found it.


We didn’t choose Carroll like you might choose any other school; Carroll chose us, because it was the only place our son could receive what he needed. We feel a responsibility to make sure that Carroll is well-resourced as it can be, and to give back all we’ve received from this community.

Jessica and Scott Turco

The same goes for our alumni, their parents, and their grandparents, each of whom has experienced how Carroll can change the learning trajectory of a bright, eager student firsthand. When they think back to what their path might have looked like without Carroll, they are inspired to ensure Carroll is there to support the next generation of students just like them.

All of this is why, with your support, we’re going to keep on dreaming big to accomplish the goals we’ve set for ourselves as a community: better compensating our teachers, broadening socio-economic access to our programs, deepening our understanding of how our students learn, and discovering more ways to build self-confidence and advocacy skills in our students.


The confidence and skills I gained at Carroll transformed me literally overnight—I was free to become myself. I’m not sure I even realized how much changed, and how quickly, but it was because of Carroll that I am where I am today. Carroll played a massive role in my transformation, and I want to support that transformation in the lives of other students and families. 

Steve Baldini

This article is part of a series from Carroll Connection, A Timeline for Transformation: 2005-2021.  

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