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Annual Giving FAQ

What is the Annual Fund and why is it important?

The Annual Fund is Seattle Academy’s primary campaign for program support. Collectively, our broad community donates one-million dollars annually to fund curriculum and programs, financial aid, technology, faculty professional development, and student-initiated clubs and activities. Tuition covers a college preparatory education rooted in excellence. The Annual Fund provides other essential funds to elevate the SAAS education to something extraordinary. A strong Annual Fund enables us to meet immediate needs of students and faculty, and to say yes to unexpected opportunities that enhance learning.

What is the Annual Giving Family of Funds?

Our Annual Giving Family of Funds invites donors to direct gifts to a particular area of interest including: Area of Greatest Need; Curricular Enhancements; the Arts; and Athletics. These represent vital areas of a SAAS education that will be enhanced by your generous support. 

Does it matter when I make my gift?

Annual gifts support the current year’s operating budget. Gifts and pledges received early in the school year help identify funds available to meet needs and enrich programs for students. The goal is to receive Annual Fund commitments by December 31, 2018, with pledges payable any time before May 31, 2019. Gifts are fully tax-deductible in the calendar year received.

How much am I expected to give? What about matching gifts?

Please participate with a gift at level that is personally meaningful and appropriate for you. Annual gifts of all sizes have impact and are appreciated. Corporate matching gifts are a great way to maximize your gift. Inquire with your employer’s HR department about matching gift opportunities.

What is a leadership gift at SAAS?

Leadership gifts of $3,000 or more build the foundation of our Annual Fund. These gifts play a pivotal role in supporting our school. If it’s within your ability, please consider making a leadership gift this year.

How do I make my annual gift or pledge?

Visit our Ways to Give page to view your giving options including: a secure form to give or pledge by credit card online; check by mail; corporate matching gift; stock gift, or wire transfer.

Does SAAS have an auction or other annual fundraiser?

It's a party, not an auction! SAAS in the City is our annual fundraiser and community celebration at Fremont Studios. Guests enjoy a cocktail hour, seated dinner, and program with student performances, alumni speakers, and remarks from leadership. The evening has a raffle and wine grab, and a “Raise the Paddle” ask for donations to fund a need to benefit students and faculty. Save the date, March 23, 2019!

I have other questions about giving to SAAS. Who can I contact?

The scope of donor participation is unique to each donor and family. If you have other questions about ways to support SAAS, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you!  

Contact Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Guerrero