Annual Fund






What are the possibilities of unrestricted funds that can be used wherever they are needed most, at any time this school year? From teachers, to programs, to sports equipment, to scholarship funds, contributions to the Annual Fund support the unique educational opportunities at SGS, and the wonderfully rich and diverse community where our girls learn.

This year, our 2017-18 Annual Fund will run from October 19 through December 15, 2017 with a goal to raise $140,000, met with donations great and small from every family at SGS — 100% participation! When all of our gifts are pooled together, the result can mean extraordinary possibilities for our girls.

The Annual Fund is a significant and yearly effort, providing much needed funding for mission-critical programs and expenses. Like other independent schools, the Annual Fund helps make up the difference between tuition and the actual cost of educating a student. Although there are other giving opportunities throughout the year, such as the SGS Annual Luncheon, the Annual Fund is the one time ALL members of our community are asked to contribute to SGS. One of the best ways you can help us meet our operating needs this year is by contributing to the Annual Fund.

How to Give:

  1. Click here to donate »
  2. Call to make a verbal pledge or to give your payment information over the phone – (206) 709-2228 x.1215
What kind of fundraising happens at SGS?

Fundraising at SGS is a continuum of activities and events, providing parents and other supporters and partners with a variety of options to contribute financially or with their time and talents. SGS relies on several donation sources, such as our Annual Fund, Annual Luncheon, grants, endowment, and major gifts to support the many programs at SGS.

Parents are encouraged to make a financial contribution and support the development program by volunteering for an event committee or other fundraising activity.

Our collective power enables us to live out our mission to inspire and develop courageous leaders who think independently, work collaboratively, learn joyfully, and champion change.

When does the Annual Fund happen?

The Annual Fund kicks off in the fall with our Pumpkin Carving Contest and Annual Fund Kick-off on October 19. We concentrate our efforts with parents between October 19 and December 15 (the first day of Winter Break). Our goal is to have 100% participation amongst current families, faculty/staff, and our Board of Trustees.

We continue to fundraise for the Annual Fund from other constituencies for the entirety of our fiscal year running from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Who gives to the Annual Fund?

Teachers, staff, the Board of Trustees, and parents typically participate at 100% each year. We also receive support from grandparents, alum families, SGS graduates, and community partners.

Does tuition cover all costs to operate the school?

Like other independent schools, our financial model is structured to be a combination of tuition revenue and donations. We need both to bring our mission and program to full fruition. Net tuition and program revenue cover only 82% of our annual expenses. SGS relies on donations to make up the difference.

Annul Fund dollars are considered “unrestricted,” which means they support the entire program, including faculty and staff professional development, classroom resources, financial aid (benefiting 28% of SGS students), new programs, and general operations.

Can I pledge a gift now and pay later?

YES! You can make a pledge now and pay by the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2018. You can also break your gift up into monthly installments.

How much should I give?

Because of the direct and immediate impact these gifts have on SGS, we hope you will make a gift that is meaningful for you and your family. Gifts last year ranged from $5 – $20,000. Our overall goal for the Annual Fund 2017-18 is $140,000.

I don’t have the resources to make a large gift. Should I still give?

YES! Every gift makes a difference. Your participation shows your support and your confidence in the school’s mission. We strive for 100% participation from families, which illustrates a strong and vibrant community—an important factor when SGS seeks donations from sponsors, foundations, and other community partners.

Can my gift be matched?

Check with your employer to see if they will match your gift, amplifying its impact. SGS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Tax ID #91-200730

Can I contribute by stock?

Yes! Stock gifts can be of great benefit to both the donor and to SGS. For help, email Julia Katz at

Does SGS have an auction?

No. The Annual Fund was started in 2006 at SGS to take the place of an auction.