Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Advancement Office?

The Advancement Office is staffed by Director of Advancement Andrea Sanders, Assistant Director of Advancement Claire Fallat, and Communications Coordinator Sheena McFerran. The office manages many activities such as:

  • Charitable Giving: The Annual Fund, Auction, Infinity Fund Endowment, and bequests
  • Communications: SCDS’s website, Neighbor to Neighbor and Kinetics magazine
  • Special Events: Grandparents & Special Friends Day, The Leadership Recognition Dinner, Graduation, and a variety of kickoffs, reunions, and receptions throughout the year
  • Alumni Relations: Class reunions, alumni events, speakers, and networking opportunities

Most importantly, the SCDS Advancement Office encourages families to become involved in the life of the school by volunteering their time and talents while connecting with fellow parents!

What is the difference between development and advancement?

Advancement is a broad term which encompasses: fundraising/event coordination, communications, and alumni relations. The transition to an advancement model is indicative of SCDS's long-term planning goals, desire to continue to strengthen community relations, and bolster community ties. Lastly, advancement means taking advantage of obvious and new opportunities to share the SCDS story!

What are the primary ways to make a charitable gift to SCDS?

SCDS embraces a ‘culture of contribution’ and gifts of time, talent, and treasure are equally valued. Both the Annual Fund and the Auction support immediate operational needs and bring our community together through a combination of volunteerism, philanthropic support, and fun. Support of the SCDS Infinity Fund Endowment, legacy giving, and/or capital campaigns, can be more cyclical in nature—depending on one’s capacity and current needs of the school—but have a profound impact on generations to come. 

What if I want to give a gift that doesn’t fall within one of SCDS’s key channels of giving?

More often than not, most gifts fall within SCDS’s key channels of charitable giving, however, from time to time there may be a gift that doesn’t fit one particular area. In this case, a conversation is had with the Head of School or Director of Advancement to see if the vision is in alignment with the school’s current strategic objectives.

Why do you have both the Annual Fund and Auction?

Historically the Auction and Annual Fund combined have provided approximately 11% of support towards the annual operating budget. While they are both fundraisers, the auction has an additional purpose: to bring the SCDS community together for an evening of fun. Parent participation in both the Annual Fund and Auction is robust.

What is an endowment?

Simply put, an endowment is a perennial savings account prudently invested, from which a small percentage of earnings are drawn annually to support the school’s budget while preserving the principal.

Why is the SCDS Infinity Fund Endowment important?

A school is a labor-intensive institution. SCDS has a specific mission, small class sizes, and a robust yet challenging curriculum. Tuition must increase annually to cover the cost of such a quality education. A significant endowment can help mitigate our school’s overreliance on tuition which currently comprises over 90% of our operating revenue. An endowment—like the SCDS Infinity Fund—provides a secure source of revenue, added financial flexibility, and long-term fiduciary health. In addition, as an independent school which neither solicits nor accepts government support, an endowment helps ensure SCDS’s independence and future. The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) reports that schools of SCDS’s age and enrollment in the west have average endowments of $8.7 million.

How does a gift to the Endowment differ from an Annual Fund or Auction gift?

SCDS operates annually with a balanced budget thanks to the tax-exempt gift support of the annual fund and auction. However, tuition, annual fund, and auction focus only on year-to-year budgets, expenses and costs. In the long-term, as tuition continues to climb, an SCDS education may not be affordable for families with mission-appropriate students. The SCDS Infinity Fund provides an additional sustainable source of revenue for our school for perpetuity. 

How can I make my gift?

There are many ways you can make a gift to SCDS:

  • Call: 206-691-2620
  • Check: Write a check payable to SCDS and mail to:
    2619 4th Avenue N
    Seattle, WA 98109
    Please make sure to note the purpose of the gift in the comments field.
  • Credit Card/Online: From the Giving tab, click "Make a Gift" to donate via credit card; or the "Make a Pledge" link to make a commitment now that you have until June 30, to fulfill. Both Visa and MC are accepted forms of payment.
  • Securities Transfer: Let us know the type of shares and date you are requesting a transfer.
    Let your broker know:
    DTC Clearing Number: 5198
    FBO: Seattle Country Day School
    Account #: 5F742R41
    Download the Stock Contribution Form here

How can I make a securities transfer?

Securities Transfer: Let us know the type of shares and date you are requesting a transfer.
Let your broker know:
DTC Clearing Number: 5198
FBO: Seattle Country Day School
Account #: 5F742R41
Download the Stock Contribution Form here

What is SCDS's Tax ID information?

Seattle Country Day School is a registered 501(c)(3); Tax ID #91-0777610.

How do I know what size gift to make?

Every family individually determines the right amount to contribute. Gifts to the Auction, Infinity Fund Endowment, and bequests can vary greatly. Gifts to the Annual Fund have the following recognized levels:

*Innovator: $15,000+
*Visionary: $10,000-$14,999
*Benefactor: $5,000 - $9,999
*Patron: $3,000 - $4,999
Scholar: $1,000 - $2,999
Wildcat: up to $999

*Leadership Level

How can I stretch the impact of my gift?

A wonderful way to stretch the impact of your gift is via your company’s matching gift program. Many companies will not only match your gifts dollar-for-dollar, but also recognize your volunteer hours! Examples of a few companies that have generously given back to SCDS through matching funds are listed here. You may obtain the necessary matching forms from your employer and, once your request is submitted, SCDS will confirm the gift. Questions about what qualifies as a matching gift? Contact the Advancement Office.

Seattle Country Day

2619 4th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone 206-284-6220 

powered by finalsite