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Dear Monarch Community and Supporters:
We have leaped over another major Capital Campaign hurdle! On behalf of the entire community at The Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences, we are so grateful to all of you for your incredible response to our last update on our Capital Campaign.
We are thrilled to announce we have just successfully completed the fundraising needed to meet the match requirements to receive the $750,000 challenge grant from The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation.
This is an exciting milestone and we are so grateful. This is one of the largest grants they have given to a school of our type and size.
At this time, we are at an extremely critical point in the campaign. We need to raise approximately $1,500,000 to finish and cash gifts made this year will be especially helpful. If you have made a multi-year pledge and are able to pay it off sooner, please contact Jenny Ferguson, Capital Campaign Assistant. Again, we are so grateful for the support of our generous parents and incredible Houston community.
As we drive by the buildings, we remain in awe of what our community has accomplished with so much support from Houston and beyond. We are humbled by those who have joined with us on this journey to build the Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences, a dream for so many that we know will reach out and serve Houston and other communities through our successful model.
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Click here to make your commitment now! Please consider joining those of us who have already made a commitment to this campaign. We need the collective support from our community to cross the finish line. You may make a cash or credit card donation now or you may make a pledge of a gift to be completed over the next three years. Every donation of any size will help us finish the campaign! Many thanks to you all who have supported us in the past, and to those who are still considering a gift, thank you for your kind consideration.
Marty F. Webb, Founder, Executive Emerita
David G. Matthiesen, President, Board of Directors
We Need Your Help . . . Help Us Meet the Challenge!
Students and teachers watch as construction continues on the Monarch campus. The construction includes: The Living Building Challenge (wooden retaining wall)
The Butterfly Building and the Monarch Center (far right).
Over the past five years in two back to back phases, our community through incredible campaign leadership has raised just over $15 million to build our wonderful new campus.
We need your help to finish.
The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation challenged Monarch Institute to raise $1.4 million by July 31, 2013, to collect their $750,000. Their generous $750,000 challenge grant will expire in just six months.
We must raise an additional $860,000 in order to not leave it on the table!
In total, we need $1,662,000 to finish the entire campaign. We need everyone to stretch with us by contributing to this campaign. Multi-year pledges are welcome. Please help us provide the kind of therapeutic services that Houston deserves to meet the growing needs of individuals with neurological differences.
This will take the help of everyone in the community who appreciates Monarch.
EVERY donation counts!
Won’t you take a moment to make a contribution online and help us reach this critical goal? Or if you have other thoughts to share, we would be happy to meet with you individually.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Marty Webb, Ed.D.
Executive Director Emerita
The Monarch Institute is constantly evolving, and with it comes growth. Our humble beginnings have translated to life-changing accomplishments, and our new campus will only enable us to go further. Click here to see the list of individual and foundation major donors who have so generously supported our capital campaign. Read on to learn about our story—and our upcoming adventures—of how we’re shaping lives from the inside out.
The growth of The Monarch Institute has been phenomenal, not just because we have an innovative therapeutic program, but also because key community leaders have recognized the uniqueness, efficiency and sustainability of The Monarch Institute model. It is a model with outstanding, long-term outcomes, led by professionals who are eager to replicate the program throughout the United States and around the world—impacting thousands of individuals, families and communities.
The development of The Monarch Institute’s permanent campus has been full of joy and a testimony to the support of hundreds of friends of the school. We hope you enjoy this chronological history.
The 10.75 acres generously donated to us by the MetroNational Corporation gives us an incredible opportunity to expand, so that we can impact more children and their families. The entire Monarch Institute is temporarily housed in the Chrysalis Building, and we are at maximum capacity with 112 students and 66 faculty. We have been forced to turn away many families for the school year, due to lack of space. The ability to complete the entire campus will give The Monarch Institute much-needed space and resources to increase research capabilities and the development of new therapeutic support strategies.
The campaign for the first building has been completed, and we have moved onto our beautiful campus in west Houston. We are proud to share that, in our quest to construct a healthy school for students with neurological differences, the building actually achieved Gold-level LEED® certification—making us “the greenest school in Texas.”
The total campaign goal for the remaining two buildings, the Butterfly Building and the Monarch Center, is $10,000,000. Construction will begin as soon as funding is secured, and the buildings will be completed in 12–15 months.
Until very recently, The Monarch Institute humbly rented space at both a church and an office warehouse. This was a less than optimal situation born of economic necessity that we braved with good cheer for more than a decade. In August of 2009, after a generous donation of 10.75 acres of land in Northwest Houston, we united our school and moved into the first of three buildings, the Chrysalis Building. This building was designed for day school students in the first two levels of The Monarch Institute’s uniquely defined developmental Levels System—Novice and Apprentice. It has 12 classrooms organized in four wings, each with a therapy room, sensory room, observation room, common area and a direct link to outdoor porches and student gardens. At our current level of service provision, the Chrysalis Building provides cutting edge, earth-friendly space for our programs, but further growth is impossible within this single structure. The remaining portions of The Monarch Institute to be built include:
- The Monarch Center, which will house research, our Training Center, Life Academy, Diagnostic Clinic, Therapeutic Services Center and administrative offices.
- The Butterfly Building, which will house day school and transitioning students at Challenger and Voyager levels, with a total of 15 classrooms and a library, computer lab and science lab.
- Five fine arts therapy studios
The Monarch Institute’s green roots are deep and include a nature-based curriculum, much of which occurs in our outdoor classroom—including trails, natural building projects, gardens, natural habitat and native plants. For us, beyond our personal obligation to be good stewards of the land, we also have a responsibility to design a campus that is healthy for our students and faculty. Our first building, the Chrysalis Building, was awarded Gold-Level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for new construction rating system, making The Monarch Institute Texas’ highest-rated LEED-certified K–12 school. In addition, we earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rare Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR (DEES) certification, as well as the actual Energy Star award, making us one of the nation’s most energy–efficient private and public school buildings.
Benefits of the New Campus
Your support of The Monarch Institute will empower us to make a profound difference in the fields of children’s mental health and special education, both locally and globally, when we accomplish our goals.
- The John M. O’Quinn Foundation Donates $5 Million for New Campus to The Monarch Institute for Neurological Differences
- Photos of our groundbreaking celebration held on March 13, 2008
- Progress of the Chrysalis Building (completed)
- Progress of the Butterfly Building
- Progress of the Monarch Center
- Video of the dedication of our new campus, with the Honorable James A. Baker, III
- Announcement of the completion of Phase One of our capital campaign
To learn more about the building project, or to find out how you can get involved, please contact Dr. Marty Webb, Executive Director Emerita.
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