The Next 50 – An Update from Campaign Chair, Cassie Hunt

In my role as a trustee, I have the opportunity to help Community School build on its exceptional past as we undertake our largest fundraising effort ever: The Next 50a campaign to deepen our roots and cultivate our future.

I come into this role having spent my career in philanthropy, helping people make an indelible impact on schools, hospitals, theaters and museums through their generosity. I love my work and was honored to be asked to lead Community School’s capital campaign. In my work, we spend years cultivating relationships so that our donors know the value in what we are asking them to support. At Community School, our amazing teachers have been doing that work for decades. This explains the overwhelmingly positive responses we are receiving from our initial requests for support. Parents, grandparents, alumni and friends of CS, already know how transformative this place can be and they are eager to play a part in The Next 50.

Thanks to early support, last month, at the Thanksgiving Art Show, we formally announced final drawings for the new building that will house middle school, enrichment classes and administrative offices. The space will provide the middle school with an enlarged and more collaborative learning environment and create new areas to host events and programs throughout the year. It will also offer increased security for campus and be constructed with energy- conscious technologies.

We look forward to breaking ground on this building in 2020 and encourage you to view the latest drawings on our website.  In addition, I would welcome the chance to share more information with you on how our dream can become our children’s reality. 

Cassie Hunt is the mother of two Community School students, a member of the Board of Trustees and the Campaign Chair for The Next 50. When not volunteering a ton of her time with Community School she works full-time as the Executive Director of Advancement Operations at Washington and Lee University. If you’d like to talk to her about how you can make an impact on The Next 50, please contact her by email at