As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Spencer-Penn Centre has come a long way since 2004, when the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization purchased the former Spencer-Penn School and went to work transforming it into a nationally recognized historical site and vital community resource. The Centre now houses a library, a computer lab, two performance spaces, a dance studio and a kitchen incubator, and offers a wide range of classes, activities and services.
The initial renovations, which restored the school to its original 1927 design, have been mostly completed, and the Centre’s staff and volunteers have had the opportunity to focus their attention on improvements: a security system has been put in place; the roof has been replaced; the length of the Centre’s walking trail has been more than doubled, with a footbridge added in the process. Thanks to a generous donation, a new heating system will make the old school’s drafty hallways (almost) as warm as its classrooms. Energy efficiency of an old building is now the focus: insulation under the 1927 wing has been added; new windows have been installed all over the building and energy efficient doors for 6 entries have been added. LED lights were installed in 2017, financed by a grant from AEP and a generous donation from the Lester Foundation. The goal at the present is to install doors for two more entries and then ceiling fans.
The SPSPO has been blessed with many generous donors since 2004; without them the Centre would not be where it is today. The organization’s vision is that donations and income from event rentals will one day support the Centre’s operational costs, while income from special fundraising events will support projects such as roof replacement. But we are not quite there yet, and we ask you to help support this unique resource that has done so much in the past decade to enrich the Spencer-Penn community and surrounding areas.
Support the fundraising efforts of the SPSPO by purchasing a hand-painted ornament in the shape of the 1927 section of Spencer-Penn School? Or how about a refrigerator magnet in the same design? Both are for sale for $10.00 each and would make terrific mementos for Spencer-Penn alumni, former students or staff, or anyone interested in the preservation of the school.
Spencer-Penn is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible organization since 2005
Donations may be designated (restricted) or undesignated (unrestricted).
Designated donations are directed toward a specific purpose requested by the donor, such as resources for the Library and the Tech Lab; specific programs, like our summer programs for children; and funds for renovation and improvement projects (the current fund is dedicated to energy efficiency, and will be used primarily for new doors and insulation).
Undesignated donations/Annual Giving are used to fund the operational costs of the facility, such as maintenance, salaries, utilities and insurance. These are the donations most urgently needed by the Centre at the current time. To recognize Annual Giving Donors, a plaque has been placed in the Banquet Hall foyer; each donor has his or her name added to the plaque, with the year and the level of the donation. Find out more about annual giving here.
Custom Donations if you're not interested in annual giving, that's okay! Any amount you donate to SPC is appreciated and goes to the betterment of our facility and activities. Donate any amount with a Custom Donation.
ANNUAL GIVING LEVELS
Senior Level ....................................... $2,400
Junior Level ....................................... $1,800
Sophomore Level ............................... $1,200
Freshman Level ................................. $600
Elementary Level............................... $300
We are so grateful for our donors. It is because of them that Spencer-Penn is able to offer so many varied resources to the community while preserving the historical integrity of the Spencer-Penn School. While all donors are thanked in person and/or in writing, donors are also honored at a special ceremony, usually held in February of each year, and are recognized as well in The Chalkboard (the Centre’s newsletter) and monthly e-mail updates. Along with Annual Giving donors, we also highlight our legacy gifts, which ensure Spencer-Penn can not only serve now, but years from now as well. Including a legacy gift in your estate planning is simple. If you would like more information or to let us know that you have chosen to leave a legacy at Spencer-Penn, please contact the Centre.
The SPSPO is a nonprofit corporation registered under 26 USC § 501(c)(3), which means that all donations it receives in support of the Spencer-Penn Centre without return of goods or services are tax-deductible. Our EIN is 27-0108974. If you would like to make a donation to help continue the work, the Spencer-Penn Centre accepts cash, checks and credit cards.
* All donations are tax-deductible.
Become a Member
We Want You to Join Us!
The Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization would like to invite you to become a member to help us “continue the tradition.” With enough willing bodies and positive spirits, we can accomplish great feats. With your support, the Spencer-Penn Centre will continue its service heritage and stand proudly for decades to come.
Individual Membership ................................. $10
Family Membership .................................. $25
Lifetime Membership .................................. $100
Company Membership .................................. $50
Annual Meeting is held on the second Monday of October, from 7:00 to 8:30pm. You may pay your membership dues online, at a meeting, or mail your check payable to the Spencer-Penn School Preservation Organization - or - SPSPO.
The Spencer-Penn Centre
P.O. Box 506
Spencer, VA 24165
Spencer Penn’s Most Valuable Resource. The success rate for turning an old school into a productive and vivable contribution to the community is very low. Other communities have tried and failed. Spencer Penn’s volunteers are the determining factor.
Since the very beginning, volunteers have given their energy, talents and time to make Spencer Penn a success. Renovating tasks included painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and anything else that needed to be done. Other volunteers became active in establishing the library. During the many fundraising events, volunteers stepped up to handle any jobs that were needed. Local bakers baked many desserts and donated them. Whatever Spencer Penn needed, someone came forward. Spencer Penn has come a long way but the need for volunteers is still great if “she” continues.
Jacklegs: The original “jacklegs” (the group of retired carpenters, plumbers, electricians who meet each Monday) are getting older so we need younger “Jacklegs.” We meet every Monday to do repairs.
Library: The library is always in need of volunteers Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 10am to 8pm. We also have a summer reading program: 6 weeks, 2 hours a week during library hours.
Music Night: One of our busiest nights is Music Night, the second Friday of every month. We need individuals to help pass out quarterly posters to area businesses & organizations. On the day of, we need volunteers to collect donations at the door, sell 50/50 tickets, help in the kitchen & donate desserts.
Promotional Materials: Help us with folding, stuffing and stamping in the office.