After 31 years at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Tom Clayton, a former humanities faculty member and director of academic programs, spent time reflecting on why he gave as an employee and continues his philanthropic support in retirement. Clayton explains, “As employees, we have the opportunity to work in an incredible environment with extraordinary students and like-minded colleagues. On top of that, the leadership supports improvement and evolution wholeheartedly, making it possible for NCSSM to get better every year.”
Tom passionately taught NCSSM students for nearly half of his career before transitioning to his administrative role. As director of academic programs, he had the opportunity to oversee academic endeavors that occur outside the classroom, such as mini-term, I-week, and academic competitions. The NCSSM Foundation helps significantly fund these enriching opportunities that encourage students to grow and evolve as learners.
In appreciation for the work environment and in support of what more funding can do for NCSSM, Clayton encourages others, especially employees, to contribute. “The NCSSM Foundation always finds ways to support new initiatives,” he says. “External donors, like corporations, foundations, and families, are moved by employee giving as these are individuals who already committed and contributed by choosing to work at NCSSM. 100% faculty and staff giving communicates passion and commitment, which really makes an impression to donors.”
Clayton encourages all members of the NCSSM community to contribute at any level they can. Personally, Clayton chooses to contribute to the Greater Challenge Fund, which provides unrestricted funds that allow the NCSSM Foundation to lend support where it is needed most. You can join Clayton in supporting the Greater Challenge Fund or select a specific department or program to support from links along the right of the page. Thank you for helping faculty and staff, like Clayton, continue to help NCSSM evolve and grow to meet the needs of our students and advance public education in the state.