New Name Same Mission

The Walker Foundation Is Changing Its Name

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind’s fundraising arm is starting the new year with a new name.

“We have a new name but the same important mission,” said Lynne Burton, foundation board chair. Formerly The Walker Foundation, the school’s foundation will now be known as The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation. “The school has strong support throughout the state, and our foundation needed a name that individuals could immediately connect with the outstanding reputation of the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind. The new name will provide greater clarity and more immediate recognition of our foundation’s mission,” said Burton.

The new name also reflects the foundation’s renewed strength toward meeting the school’s needs. In recent years, the foundation has broadened its board membership and sought increased involvement from civic clubs and community organizations. It has developed stronger ties with current donors, enhanced relationships with potential contributors, and significantly expanded its grant writing efforts.

The Walker name will always serve as a reminder of the Walker family’s contributions…

The school’s administrative building, Walker Hall, will retain the name and continue the legacy of the school’s founding family. In the 1840s, Reverend Newton Pinckney Walker and his wife, Martha, dreamed of success for every student and opened their home to students needing a specialized school. “In many ways, the Walkers were the school’s first donors. They were willing to give of themselves and to ask others to help meet the students’ needs. The Walker name will always serve as a reminder of the Walker family’s contributions, our rich history, and our dreams for the future,” said Ann Akerman, chief executive officer of the foundation.

Founded in 1979, the foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to securing resources that enable the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to achieve its mission and goals. Since its beginning, the foundation has raised more than $15 million to support enriching educational experiences for both on-campus students and those served by outreach programs throughout the state. Its fundraising work focuses on raising money for instructional resources, adaptive technologies, and growth experiences that would otherwise not be available through state and federal funding.

“While the School for the Deaf and the Blind is a state-supported public school, it’s essential that we continue to develop additional funding sources to expand our impact throughout the state,” said Ann Akerman, CEO of the foundation. “We’re excited about the opportunity to do more for the school in supporting its programs, both on campus and through outreach programs in school districts and homes all over South Carolina.”

“We know that all children have unlimited potential, and our goal is to embrace every possibility for every student,” said Lynne Burton. “We believe that gifts to The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation not only help to empower the school’s students to succeed, but also strengthen our state’s workforce, economy, and quality of life. We look forward to continuing our efforts to support the school as it works to change the lives of children and their families.”

About the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind is the state’s only specialized school for students who are deaf or blind. It offers pre-K-12 educational programs on its main campus in Spartanburg and specialized vision and hearing services in homes and school districts throughout the state. For more information, call the school’s toll-free number at 1-888-447-2732.

About The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation

The SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to securing resources that enable the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind to achieve its mission and goals. For more information, please call (864) 577-7582.