Many families have generously supported St. Stephen’s throughout our school’s 68-year history. Each gift makes a real difference in the life of our school, improving our beautiful campus, boosting financial aid for qualified students, enhancing our operating budget or increasing the school’s endowment. Among our many dedicated donors, one family stands out as truly visionary: the Temple family of Lufkin, Texas.
When the board of trustees approved the current endowment fundraising effort 18 months ago to double the school’s existing endowment from $15 million to $30 million, we thought back to the largest endowment gift the school has received to date. It was $2 million from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation in 1993.
Beginning when Arthur Temple Jr. joined the St. Stephen’s board in 1957, the Temple family has been a faithful supporter of the school. Generations of family members have served on the board of trustees, providing thoughtful leadership: Arthur Temple Jr., 1957–59; Buddy Temple, 1984–90; Ellen Temple, 1991–97; Hannah Temple Sanders ’92, 2004–10; and Temple Webber III, 2014–20. In addition, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation has given the school more than $11 million to support a large menu of school needs: new classrooms and dormitories, the dining hall, athletic facilities and, most importantly, the school’s endowment.
This fall, once again, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation gave the school a pace-setting gift for the current endowment effort, a $1 million matching gift for the financial aid endowment. We have one year to meet the 1:1 match in order to receive the family’s gift. We are delighted to accept this challenge as an incentive for other donors and grateful to the foundation for again taking an early leadership role in supporting St. Stephen’s.