Ami and Will Danoff name the new Innovation Center with a groundbreaking campaign gift

Jonathan Schmid, Meadowbrook's Director of Innovation and Technology; Headmaster Steve Hinds; Ami Danoff; Meadowbrook Board of Trustees President Tom Grape; Will Danoff -- in front of where the new Academic Commons and the Danoff Family Innovation Center will be located.

Jonathan Schmid, Meadowbrook's Director of Innovation and Technology; Headmaster Steve Hinds; Ami Danoff; Meadowbrook Board of Trustees President Tom Grape; Will Danoff -- in front of where the new Academic Commons and the Danoff Family Innovation Center will be located.

When Steve Hinds launched Imagine More: The Campaign for Meadowbrook at a well-attended, festive event held at the school on September 26, 2015, he announced that a small group of donors had already seeded the campaign with a total of over $12 million.  These early commitments were instrumental in our ability to reach the public phase of the campaign, and at the kick-off we thanked all 40 of these Meadowbrook supporters who built the foundation of this audacious initiative.  

One of these early and very transformative gifts came from Ami and Will Danoff, parents to Amelia (class of 2013), Andrew (class of 2015), and 7th grader Zan.  We are pleased to announce that the Danoffs have chosen to support our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) program by naming the Danoff Family Innovation Center at the heart of the new Academic Commons.  

“Meadowbrook means the world to us,” Will said.  “We never could have imagined what a wonderful effect being part of the Meadowbrook community would have on our family. Our children have grown up here, and we have all made lasting friendships here. We have seen first-hand how the Meadowbrook mission of ‘knowing and loving your child’ has nurtured, molded and excited our children, and how each of them has had outstanding but different experiences. Our kids have loved their teachers, all of whom have nurtured them and been  great role models for them.  Ami and I are delighted to say thank you to the entire Meadowbrook community with our gift.”

The Danoff Family Innovation Center will house EurekaLab curriculum: hands-on design thinking, where students use empathy to identify issues and create and test solutions.  The Danoff Family Innovation Center -- which we are certain will come to be known as “the Danoff” -- will be used by every Meadowbrook student, JK-8.  Situated behind a curtain wall of glass adjacent to the new central rotunda, its constant buzz of activity will inspire all students and teachers to reach a new level of creativity.  

The Danoffs had a choice for what space they wanted to name in the new building and in the Lower School.  They were in agreement: “We have given our gift to name the Innovation Center because we are inspired by Meadowbrook’s embracing of the change in all aspects of education, but specifically technology.  We live in a time of enormous technological advancement, and we are really enthusiastic about helping Meadowbrook create a space where students and teachers can use technology to create and learn together.”

The Danoffs are proud to be one of the first families to commit to the Imagine More campaign.  “Capital campaigns are vital to all schools,” they said. “Meadowbrook is blessed with a smart and dedicated faculty which embraces new ideas in teaching. We need to ensure that our buildings are equally flexible and open so that teachers and students learn in the best environment possible. I hope that everyone will give in their own unique way so they can feel good about contributing to the progress and future of Meadowbrook.”

Will, the portfolio manager of the Fidelity Contrafund,  is a member of Meadowbrook’s Board of Trustees and co-chair of the Investment Committee.  Ami is a former Putnam portfolio manager.  

There are many ways that others may make an impact on the Imagine More capital campaign, including other naming opportunities in the new building and on endowment funds.  For more information, please call Janice Thompson, Director of Advancement, at 781-314-9203, or email jthompson@meadowbrook-ma.org.