The Advancement Office is staffed by Director of Advancement Andrea Sanders and Assistant Director of Advancement Claire Fallat. The office manages many activities such as charitable giving, communications and publications, special events, and alumni relations. 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!
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 and a desire to continue to strengthen community relations. Lastly, advancement means taking advantage of obvious and new opportunities to share the SCDS story!
SCDS embraces a culture of contribution and gifts of time, talent, and treasure are equally valued. The Annual Fund and 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.
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 theHead of School or Director of Advancement to see if the vision is in alignment with the school’s current strategic objectives.
Historically, SCDS's Auction and Annual Fund combined have provided approximately 11% of support toward 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.
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.
SCDS operates annually with a balanced budget thanks to the tax-exempt gift support of the Annual Fund and Auction. However, tuition and revenue from the 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.
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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:
*Benefactor: $5,000 - $9,999
*Patron: $3,000 - $4,999
Scholar: $1,000 - $2,999
Wildcat: up to $999
Gifts to SCDS are acknowledged each year in the school's Annual Report. SCDS recognizes gifts by their level; the exact dollar amount of a gift is not made available publicly. Donors may choose to remain anonymous by selecting this option when they make a gift.
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