As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Annual Giving enables Westside School to fulfill its mission and values of the school: Joyful Learning, High Academic Standards, Confident Learners and Caring Community.
Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a Westside School education. Through the Westside School Fund and Annual Spirit Auction, funds raised cover 10% of our operating budget for the year and bridge the $1,800/student gap between tuition revenue and the cost to educate each student. Funds raised directly support programs such as World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Outdoor and Experiential Learning, the Tuition Assistance Program and keeping tuition accessible.
Contributions of check, credit card and electronic fund transfers are greatly appreciated.
Pledges are welcome and make giving easy for every family. Pledges are made at the beginning of the year and can be paid over time or scheduled for a later date, such as monthly, quarterly, next February, or some now and some later. Payments can be made until the end of the school year.
Westside School gladly accepts gifts of stock. Please contact the Advancement Office for more information.
Many employers will match employee donations and volunteer time. The impact of your gift may be doubled or even tripled! Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses. Search here or contact your employer’s office of Human Resource to find out if your employer has a matching gift program.
Companies with a Matching Gift Program
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The Westside School Fund is our annual fundraising appeal. Through the generous support of every member of Westside School’s community our pack is strengthened. Each year we strive for 100% family participation to support core elements of Westside School’s program
For current families, fundraising for the Westside School Fund happens in October each year. All pledges are due by October 31 and payments can be made until the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2018).
About the 2017 Westside School Fund
100% family participation
LOWER SCHOOL: All Grades to reach 100% participation by 10/31 will get a night out on Friday, January 26. Westside will take the kids while you go out, stay in, have a class get together etc…!
MIDDLE SCHOOL: All students in grades that reach 100% participation by 10/31 get an afternoon off in the spring for an Ice Cream Truck party.
October 2 to 6: Westside School Fund Week of Giving
October 2: Coffee Cart in the lobby for parents
October 6: Coffee Cart in the lobby for parents and kids dress like a wolf day (all students will receive a pair of wolf ears)
October 31: Deadline to make your pledge for the WSF (payments can be made until June 30,2018)
Q. What is the Westside School Fund?
A. The WSF is the name for Westside’s Annual Fund, which seeks gifts from families, friends, faculty and staff, the Board of Trustees, and alumni to make up the difference between tuition income and the actual cost of educating our students (about $1,800 per student). These unrestricted contributions give the school the ability to use the funds where they are needed the most—the academic program; faculty and staff salaries and benefits; Tuition Assistance; arts and athletics; facilities and beyond.
Q: Why can’t Westside School increase tuition to cover the full cost of educating each student?
A: Large increases in tuition may prohibit the opportunity of a Westside School education to many families, thereby altering the distinctive learning environment at the school. Through tax-deductible donations to the Westside School Fund, we can keep tuition costs as affordable as possible, participate in the Rainier Scholars Program, and provide financial aid and scholarships to deserving students.
Q. If I can only give a small gift, does it really make an impact on Westside School?
A. Yes! Your gift, combined with those from alumni, families, and friends, provides substantial support for the ongoing operations of our school. Regardless of the level of the gift, it is an expression of your support. Every gift counts and contributes to the important culture of philanthropy at Westside School.
Q: Will I receive a tax benefit from my donation?
A: Yes. Westside School is a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation; your gift to the Westside School Fund is 100% tax-deductible. Westside’s EIN is 91-1151493.
Q: Is 100% parent and community participation really that important?
A: Yes! High participation in the Annual Fund is as important as meeting our overall financial goal. Before outside funding sources such as foundations will consider donating their dollars to Westside School, they want to know that Westside School families, faculty, board members, and staff are supporters as well. After all, if the people who directly benefit are not willing to support the school, why would outsiders want to do so? In addition, 100% participation helps build community and a strong foundation for continued philanthropy at Westside School.
Q: How can I contribute?
A: Contributions to the Annual Fund can be made in many ways, including check, electronic transfers, credit card, securities and corporate matching gifts. Gifts can be made all at one time or spread out throughout the year. Final payments are due June 30, 2018.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 10, 2018
2018 Auction Chairs: Jen Howe and Leslie Buckley
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Contact Shoshannah Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Westside School’s Annual Spirit Auction is Westside’s largest community event of the year and raises necessary funds for Westside School including, the Tuition Assistance Program, an annual Fund-a-wish and this year’s operating costs. Over 280 guests make this a special evening, focusing on our students, community and educational program.
Donating Items to the Auction
We are always looking for great items to help make this year’s auction a success. All donated items from $10 to $10,000+ will help us reach our goal of $400,000.
Ask family and friends: Do you know someone with Seahawks/Mariners/Sounders/Storm tickets? Do you know someone who owns a business? Someone who has specialized skills or services? Ask them if they will consider donating - everyone has something to give!
Local Businesses: Donations to auctions are an effective marketing tool for many businesses, and most are familiar with the process, even having a standard donation item. If you are a business owner, you may want to ask for a donation from the major suppliers to your business.
Those you have supported: In an age of such wide-spread fundraising, undoubtedly, you have donated to a neighbor’s walk-a-thon, a friend’s bake sale, or your niece’s school raffle. Now is the time to ask them to return the favor.
Email your Address Book: Personal or telephone requests are the most effective, but email can work great too.
Here are some ideas to get you started and help focus our efforts as we begin our mission to bring in quality items to make this event a success. Be creative, use your imagination, think outside the box, work your connections and have fun!!
Theme park tickets
Zoo or museum passes
Birthday party activities (laser tag, bowling, paintball, etc.)
Gourmet coffee items
Wine tasting events or parties
Attend a crush or bottling celebration
Sommelier service for an evening
Nintendo, Wii, Xbox1, PlayStation
iPod, iTouch, iPad
Honorary bat boy/girl
Behind the scenes tours
One of a kind experiences
Dine with a celebrity
Beauty & Fitness
Personal training gym membership
Home, garden and home furnishings
Home accessories interior design services
Airline and hotel miles/points
Destination resorts vacation homes
Use of vacation home
Bay cruises/boat parties/fishing excursions
Sports & Events
Corporate box/suites at stadiums or arenas
Limited/signed sports memorabilia
Rounds of golf
VIP sporting event tickets
Performing arts/theater tickets
Sporting goods store gift certificate
VIP tickets to TV show taping
Private movie viewing for families