Natalie James Wiltshire ’95 and the importance of time, talent, and treasure.
Natalie James Wiltshire ’95 knew that she wanted to return to Foxcroft and join the Board of Trustees before she even graduated. “When I was a student I was fascinated by Board Weekend. “They were an elusive group that I wanted to know more about.” Natalie reflects, “I had such a great experience at Foxcroft, and I wanted to give back. It was really important to me that I gave back to a place I feel I got so much from.”
The School has changed and grown in a number of ways, but Natalie finds that returning to campus still brings the same feeling of returning home. “It was beautiful when I was there, but it’s even more beautiful now. It looks like what it is: an elite boarding school. The gymnasium, the fields, the dorms. I am really excited about what is to come and our future, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.”
Natalie also shares her thoughts on the School’s programming. “The academic standards have increased, and our athletics have gotten more competitive. We are a powerhouse!” Reflecting on some of the cultural and social subjects where she feels Foxcroft has excelled, she adds, “I also love how Foxcroft has embraced inclusivity in a direct way. We all loved each other when I was there but we didn't talk about our differences openly. We should acknowledge our differences and celebrate them, and I see that happening on campus now.”
Supporting the School she loves, and The Foxcroft Circle are natural for Natalie, something she has been working for since she first stepped out of Miss Charlotte’s Garden as an alumna. For that reason, Natalie has elected to make a monthly recurring gift to The Foxcroft Circle. “Each year I want to increase my giving, but I have family expenses. At this stage in my life, it's easier for me to hit a financial goal if I can break it up into smaller chunks. Quite frankly, I don't remember that I'm doing it, because it's so automatic. Those small monthly amounts add up at the end of the year, and I feel pride knowing I was able to do this for Foxcroft.”
For Natalie, it is a balance of supporting her School in a way that will make it strong and impressive for generations to come, while maintaining that special connection and the vital traditions that she fell in love with as a student. “We’ve maintained the traditions that makeup Foxcroft. I love explaining the Fox-Hound tradition and proclaiming my love for the Hounds with people outside of the Foxcroft world. That is something Foxcroft alumnae can all connect to. I wasn't a Hound leader or mascot, but I still feel this connection to the Hounds that I will always have!”
When asked how she feels about her service on the Board thus far, Natalie answered, “It’s been a great experience. It's just great to get back in touch with Foxcroft, and I look forward to those three times each year that I know I'll be back on campus. [The Board’s] camaraderie makes the work even more meaningful. It is a symbiotic relationship where I give time and energy, and I get so much that I can apply to the work I do every day.”
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