We’re almost there! Less than $500,000 left!
Two major gifts bring uscloser to our $10 million goal!
The Rodney Pilot family recently made a pledge of $100,000 to Barton Academy Foundation through their foundation, the RJJB Family Foundation. And an anonymous $100,000 pledge leaves us less than $500,000 to raise of our $10-million goal!
“Our family is excited about the synergy of this project – the opportunity to restore a historic Mobile landmark of the past while providing amazing educational opportunities for our local
students’ future,” the Pilot family said.
The project will be bid in January, and financing will be closed by January 31. Fundraising will continue through into early 2020. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020, with students walking the halls of Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies in the fall of 2021.
Three hundred high-performing middle-school students, grades 6-9, will be selected to attend Barton.
In Memory of Nicholas H. Holmes, III
Nicholas H. Holmes, III, architect for the Barton Academy renovation project and member of the Barton Academy Foundation Board of Directors, died on Thursday, December 12, 2019, after a brief illness. Nick played a critical role over the life of the campaign to restore the historic building and was dedicated to Barton’s being brought back to life. The Barton Academy Foundation Board is grateful for Nick’s contribution and deeply saddened by his death. We wish blessings on his family, friends and coworkers in the days and months ahead.
To make a gift in Nick’s memory, click here.
Dining on Dauphin proves great success!
More than 160 people enjoyed fine dining and excellent wines at “Dining on Dauphin,” a benefit for Barton Academy Foundation, on October 24. Although the threat of rain caused the event to be moved indoors to The Steeple, it was nonetheless a stellar evening.
The event was planned and executed by Marvin Middleton of NoJa, Reggie Washington of Southern National and Myles Meade and Craig Rainosec of The Noble South. “Dining On Dauphin was born to showcase inventive cuisine from three of Mobile’s premier restaurants and highlight the intimate, snappy, casual setting along Dauphin Street in Mobile’s downtown historic arts and cultural entertainment district. We chose Barton Academy through the support of the Barton Academy Foundation as our charity because the building is a downtown landmark,” Middleton stated.
They hope to repeat the event annually and benefit a different nonprofit each time. Sponsors included Hargrove Engineers and Saad Real Estate Development, along with numerous venders. The event raised close to $10,000 for Barton.
See event photos here.
Donate from your Retirement Account and Save on your Taxes
If you’re 70-½ or older, you can donate up to $100,000 from your individual retirement account directly to Barton Academy Foundation. This qualified charitable distribution, or QCD, will count toward your required minimum distribution and isn’t included in your adjusted gross income. A $10,000 donation could thus escape +/-$2,500 in income tax. Please consult your financial adviser.
Great gift idea!
A gift to help renovate Barton Academy is a wonderful way to honor or remember someone.
We are grateful to the donors listed below who have made gifts in honor of or in memory of a friend or relative. If you would like to recognize someone, please click here and note this in the place indicated. We will be happy to let that person know you have made a gift in his/her name. You may also make checks payable to “Barton Academy Foundation” and mail to
Barton Academy Foundation
P.O. Box 571 • Mobile, AL 36601-0571
Find a full list of
our donors here.
Do you have old Barton
materials you’d like to donate?
Many thanks go to Martha Waller of Mobile who donated Barton yearbooks from 1912 and 1915. We are also appreciative of Lynda Lesley’s donation of a senior memory book and other Barton materials that belonged to her grandmother. If you have old photos, yearbooks or other Barton materials that you’d like to have placed in Barton archives, please contact Linda Montgomery at
Honor Your Ancestors
for a Perfect Family Gift
Naming a room or space within Barton Academy for Advanced World Studies is an excellent way to ensure that your family name remains a part of Mobile’s history.
Naming opportunities range from $10,000 (8’ fence section/$2,000 per year for 5 years) to $4,000,000 (Yerby Building). Other options include classroom spaces at $25,000 ($5000 per year payable over 5 years) and science labs at $250,000. For as little as $1,000, you can have your name or the name of a family member engraved on a prominent donor wall in the lobby.
The complete list of remaining naming opportunities is available here.
Download a full pdf of our December newsleter here.