Advancement Department Goals and Values

Advancement Department Objective

We help advance the mission Poly Prep, "to prepare and inspire the next diverse generation of leaders and global citizens to act with intelligence, imagination and—above all—character" by cultivating lifelong engagement and inspiring philanthropy in our community.

Action Plan 
  • Create engagement opportunities
  • Foster personal relationships and connections
  • Educate our constituents
  • Act as necessary resources for our community
  • Raise necessary funds to provide an outstanding Poly experience

Our values are the traits and qualities that represent Poly Advancement’s driving forces. We stand for the following:
  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Inclusiveness 
  • Collaboration
  • Partnerships
  • Service
  • Stewardship
  • Active Listening
  • Appreciation
Annual Giving
Since 1854, philanthropy has been critical to the success of Poly's mission. Each year, dedicated Poly parents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends help us enhance our school's programming, expand faculty development opportunities, and enrich daily student life on our two beautiful campuses.

We hope that you will make Annual Giving your philanthropic priority this year. Annual Giving donations have an immediate impact by providing essential operating support. Your participation in giving, regardless of the amount, is the most important way you can express your support for the school.
Ways to Give
Gifts of Cash
Donations may be made by personal check, credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express), or electronic wire.

To give online via credit card please click here. Please mail gifts of cash to Poly Prep Country Day School, Attn: Advancement, 9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11228.

Gifts of Securities
For more information on transferring securities, contact Lori Redell, Director of Annual Giving at 347-394-1174, or Alicia Antonelli, Advancement Associate at 347-394-1104.

Planned Gifts
These gifts increase Poly's endowment principle and create a steady stream of income to enhance teaching and learning at Poly. Please contact Donna Muoio for more information.

Other Campaigns

Capital Projects
Capital giving directly enhances teaching and learning, preserves Poly's historical architectural heritage while modernizing our facilities, and incorporates environmental sustainability in all our initiatives.
Endowment Giving
Endowed gifts serve as Poly’s “savings account" and are one of the most significant ways to secure the school's financial future. A strong endowment safeguards the administration’s ability to continue to perform day-to-day operations.

Advancement Team

List of 11 members.

  • Photo of Peggy Cook

    Peggy Cook 

    Title: Chief Advancement Officer
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 3040
    Education: Georgetown University - BA
    Thunderbird School of Global Management - MS
  • Photo of Alicia Antonelli

    Alicia Antonelli 

    Title: Advancement Associate
    Business Phone: 718) 836-9800 ext. 3591
    Education: St. Johns University - BS
  • Photo of Courtney Archer-Buckmire '98

    Courtney Archer-Buckmire '98 

    Title: Director of Major Gifts
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 3090
    Education: William Smith College - BA
  • Photo of Lauren Bonaventura

    Lauren Bonaventura 

    Title: Advancement Services Manager
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 6690
    Education: St. John's University - B.S.
    St. John's University - M.S.
  • Photo of Deborah Cavalcante P'27

    Deborah Cavalcante P'27 

    Title: Director of Advancement Services
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 3820
    Education: University of Fortaleza (Brazil) - BL
    Hamline University - MA
  • Photo of Laura Grimm

    Laura Grimm 

    Title: Senior Manager, Advancement
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 3950
    Education: CUNY, Hunter College - BA
  • Photo of Shihan Liu

    Shihan Liu 

    Title: Director of Global Initiatives
    Business Phone: (718) 663-6024
    Education: Northeast Normal University - BA, BS
    Beijing Foreign Studies University - MA
    University of Pennsylvania - MSEd
  • Photo of Donna Muoio P'13, '17

    Donna Muoio P'13, '17 

    Title: Director of Alumni Relations
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 3800
    Education: CUNY College of Staten Island
    SUNY Purchase School of Continuing Education
  • Photo of Lori Redell P'10, '11

    Lori Redell P'10, '11 

    Title: Director of Annual Giving
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 3060
    Education: University of Missouri at Columbia - BS
    University of Missouri at Columbia - MS
    Bank Street College of Education - MSEd
  • Photo of LaTasha Richards P'26, '29, '31, '33

    LaTasha Richards P'26, '29, '31, '33 

    Title: Associate Director of Admissions and Community Engagement
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800 ext. 3956
    Education: University of Virginia - BS
  • Photo of Maureen Sapega P'99, '03, '07

    Maureen Sapega P'99, '03, '07  

    Title: Director of Advancement
    Business Phone: (718) 836-9800, ext. 3080
    Education: New York University - BA

Lower School

50 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, New York 11215 | (718) 768-1103

Middle/Upper School

9216 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11228 | (718) 836-9800