The Episcopal School of Dallas is proud to announce our first endowment fund established by an alumnus. Mr. Pitts Yandell ’87 and Mrs. Kelly Yandell have established the Yandell Family Endowment to make certain the education that Pitts received and their daughter, Lily Yandell ’21, is receiving continues in perpetuity.
“We believe that Lily, and the educators who are guiding her through this valuable period of her life, are utterly worth the investment,” explained Pitts Yandell, of his family’s decision to establish the endowment. “We enjoy knowing that the investment will outlive our family’s time at ESD and will serve the community long into the future, ensuring that the children who attend in the years to come will have access to the same caliber of instruction as Lily and I have enjoyed.”
“Father Swann often commented that a school’s legacy belongs to the alumni,” said Ruth Burke, Assistant Head of School. “What happens at ESD is transformative and unique and to have alumni return with their children is one of the most meaningful endorsements our school can receive.”
Pitts appreciates that ESD has grown considerably over the years, and he values the continued commitment to the education of the whole child. “ESD fosters community,” said Pitts. “The people with whom I graduated are still an important part of my life. And Lily seems to be on a similar path. These are friendships and a legacy worth celebrating.”
Endowments may or may not be designated for a specific intent. The Yandell Family Endowment will generate revenue for unrestricted use toward the highest needs and priorities at ESD.
The Campaign for The Episcopal School of Dallas, which was publicly announced on September 22, 2017, is founded on a thoughtful and strategically phased plan that will bring ESD's shared vision to life. It has three priorities: increasing the endowment for greater sustainability, uniting the community on one campus by building an innovative new Lower School, and affirming today's educational experience through the Annual Fund.