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The Annual Fund

How will you make an impact on our students and community?

Seattle Academy families, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends give generously each year to help us prepare students to contribute boldly to a changing world. Impact:SAAS, the Annual Fund of Seattle Academy, is our primary fundraising effort that supports our educational program. Gifts are applied in the current academic year through the school’s operating budget. With our Family of Funds, donors are invited to direct their gifts to a fund of their choice: Area of Greatest Need; Financial Aid; Curricular Enhancements; and the Arts and Athletics. These four areas represent vital elements of a SAAS education all of which are greatly enriched by your generous support.

Annual gifts of all sizes have a huge impact. Gifts are applied in the current academic year through the school’s operating budget. Last year for example, Seattle Academy was fortunate to receive almost 500 gifts up to $1,000, which provided $98,000 to fund classroom materials, student technology, athletics and clubs resources, student field experiences and more. All gifts in any size are truly appreciated, as they make a tremendous difference for SAAS students every day. 

Gift Level Gift Amount
Zenith Circle $25,000 and up
Visionary Circle  $10,000 to $24,999
Cardinal Circle $5,000 to $9,999
Leadership Circle $3,000 to $4,999
Academy Circle $1,000 to $2,999
Friendship Circle $1 to $999

Many employers offer matching gift programs as part of their benefits package. If you work for one of these companies your gift could be matched, or even tripled, by your employer. Please check our Matching Gifts page to find out. Please contact your HR department to find out more about your company's matching benefits. If you have questions, please contact Blaire Piha Shainsky '07.

Family of Funds

Photo of Seattle Academy Climbing Club Students Support Seattle Academy Areas of Greatest Need

Greatest Need

Unrestricted gifts provide flexibility for SAAS to meet the immediate needs of students and faculty and give SAAS the ability to say YES when opportunities arise. Technology, faculty professional development, and student-initiated activities are all supported by these funds. Unrestricted funds leave the door open to possibility!

Photo of Seattle Academy Senior Kayaking on the Senior Outdoor Trips and Travel Trip Supported by The Annual Fund 2022

Financial Aid

Seattle Academy values an inclusive, economically diverse community and is committed to making the SAAS education accessible to as many families as possible. More than 25% of our families receive financial aid for tuition each year. Financial assistance is also available for the whole SAAS student experience, including transportation, lunch, trips, and additional school-related expenses.

Photo of Seattle Academy student in Chemistry Lab. Support Seattle Academy Circular Enhancements

Curricular Enhancements 

An exemplary curriculum rooted in excellence and innovation lies at the heart of a SAAS education. Gifts to Curricular Enhancements provide tools and resources to keep course offerings at the cutting edge. Funds support our Culture of Performance that inspires our students to think outside the box, embrace challenges, collaborate, and problem solve.

Photo of the Seattle Academy Upper School Wrestling Team supported by The Annual Fund 2022

Arts & Athletics

Did you know that SAAS has no-cut policies for both the arts and athletics? Gifts designated to Arts and Athletics ensure that students have the opportunity to participate in theatre, dance, vocal, and instrumental music, as well as in team sports from novice to varsity level. Providing resources for these activities enables students to explore new areas of interest in a collaborative, supportive learning environment.