A First Year Reflection from Jeremy Martinez, Key’s Annual Fund Director

Annual Fund Director Jeremy Martinez with Middle School soccer players on field

Joining the Key community during the year that we’ve all had has been a whirlwind. It truly was a test of our collective grit and perseverance. If you asked me several years ago, when I was first starting my non-profit development and fundraising career, if I could help a community reach their annual fundraising goal in the middle of a pandemic, I’m not sure that I would have been up for the task. After having the pleasure of meeting many Key families and alums virtually, and in-person, I absolutely knew Key was up for the task. Their commitment to our students and the School is astounding.

Jeremy Martinez smiles at camera

While kicking-off the Annual Fund, we had generous donors that donated the tuition rebate they had received back to the School. Both the Fall Phonathon and Gazebo Giving Day were a huge success. Our alums also stepped up in a big way for our community during Key’s Class Giving Challenge. Alums were encouraged to make a donation correlating to their class year, and we had several alums offer to match donations from their fellow graduating classmates. Once we got to December, our end-of-calendar-year outreach began and our community helped us surpass our annual goal for the year! When we began the school year, we could not have fathomed the overwhelming amount of support that Key received in such a short amount of time–all in the midst of a global pandemic. 

As we began to see more students on-campus this Spring, I was excited to have the opportunity to coach soccer for our Middle School students. Up until this point, I had very limited interactions with any students and faculty/staff outside of the Advancement Office. It has been a ton of fun to get to share my passion for the sport with the Key students, and it has also been just as fun to get to know the students that the Annual Fund personally impacts. Based on what I’ve seen just in a few months, I’m excited for what the future holds for each one of them.

Now that I’ve been at Key for about eleven months, I’m finally getting to meet fellow Key faculty/staff members in person! As we plan for what our Annual Fund efforts are going to look like this coming school year, I am truly thankful for our wonderful Key volunteers. They really are a selfless, hardworking group! Our efforts this coming school year will look a little different from what we’ve had in the past, but I know that our community is up to the challenge. 

If you see me out on campus, at pick-up/drop-off, or at any other event, please feel free to stop me and say hello! I always enjoy getting to hear your family’s Key story.

Yours in philanthropy,

Jeremy D. Martinez
Annual Fund Director