The Founder’s Keepers Initiative was formed in 2006, when the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded a half-million dollar Save America’s Treasures grant to help realize the dream of a new roof for Founder’s Hall. That grant was quickly matched by a prominent Girard Graduate. Together these gifts created an awareness of the need to make restoration and preservation of the magnificent structure a sustained effort.
The Founder’ Keepers name was adopted to suggest a spirit of “ownership” for those who participate in this noble undertaking. Being a Founder’s Keeper identifies you as having made a personal commitment to support the well being of this national landmark. At the same time, being a “Keeper” goes beyond the contribution of money. It connotes a sense of responsibility for preserving historic architecture and a recognition that the future of this grand building is in our hands.