Campaign - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hamlin raising money for?

Hamlin’s vision calls for a once in a lifetime physical transformation of McKinne, the addition of an outdoor teaching terrace, the unification of our three-building campus, and endowment support for our extraordinary faculty and increased access to ensure that the best and brightest girls are able to join the Hamlin community. This is the campaign that will make the key difference to Hamlin girls for generations to come.

Why is Hamlin in a campaign?

Every day, Hamlin girls participate in twenty-first century learning in a way that has become our hallmark. Our girls are constantly finding themselves making connections between and among a variety of disciplines. This interdisciplinary learning has become a hallmark of a Hamlin education, and we are excited to finally allow our program to inform the spaces in which our girls learn. At Hamlin, teaching doesn’t happen in desks and rows, and the space will reflect that philosophy. This campaign provides an opportunity to harness our community’s collective energies and resources to build Hamlin girls the space for which they are ready, and have been ready for years.

How much has been raised to date?

We are currently almost halfway toward our $50 million goal. While we have not yet broken ground on our campus transformation, we already have much to celebrate. Thanks to the generosity of the Hamlin community, we have funded our endowment to increase salaries of our faculty to affirm the transformational work they do. This critical adjustment enables Hamlin to remain competitive in hiring and retaining top faculty from around the country.

I hear that Hamlin will need to move for a year. When will this happen? How will it affect my daughter?

The current plan of record is to break ground on our building project immediately after the 2019-2020 school year is complete, and Hamlin will relocate for the full 2020-2021 school year while construction is underway. We will then move back into our transformed campus following completion of the project in the fall of 2021. Because of the logistics required to move our whole school for a year, and the state of today’s building/housing market in San Francisco, we aren’t able to secure a space more than 12 months ahead of time. We are committed to ensuring that our year away from our current space is invigorating for the girls, while disrupting their routine as little as possible.

Between the campaign, the Annual Fund, and events, there is a lot of fundraising happening! How do I know where I should direct my giving?

It is important to the ongoing operations of the school that you continue to maintain your annual giving, even in the midst of a campaign. Hamlin relies on consistent and generous annual support from our community in order to maintain our current level of excellence! Please consider a gift to the campaign in addition to a commitment to maintain your current support of our school (and thank you!).

How can I learn about naming opportunities?

Hamlin has always celebrated the accomplishments of women and the generosity of our community. As such, we invite those who give at or above a certain threshold the opportunity to name spaces in honor of influential women in history and their families. For specific information about naming opportunities related to the project, contact Lauren Thornhill (

This is exciting! I’d like to get involved.

Thank you! Please contact Lauren Thornhill (, and she will share ways to be a part of this important effort.

Contact Information

The Hamlin School
2120 Broadway
San Francisco. California 94115
Tel. 415.922.0300 • Fax. 415.674.5409
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The Hamlin School educates girls to meet the challenges of their time and inspires them to become extraordinary thinkers and innovators, courageous leaders, and  women of integrity.

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