The Westside School Fund


Annual giving plays a vital role in the health and growth of Westside School’s program and our students. Through the generous support and involvement of every member of our school community, funds generated are used to sustain the school’s commitment to providing each student with the highest quality education possible while keeping tuition affordable.

To bridge the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student, Westside conducts two coordinated fundraising efforts each year, the Westside School Fund in October, and the Annual Spirit Auction in March.

Westside School Fund

The Westside School Fund is our annual fundraising appeal. Through the generous support of every member of Westside School’s community of heroes, funds generated are used to uphold high academic standards, promote confident learners and maintain a strong and caring Westside School community.

Each year we strive for 100% family participation in order to support core elements of Westside School’s program, including:


·         The Tuition Assistance Program

·         Faculty salaries

·         Professional development

·         Technology and innovation


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 school year. 

Giving FAQ

Who gives to Westside School?

Current families, faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, grandparents, friends and alumni. We rely on the entire Westside School community to make financial contributions to the Annual Fund.


Why can't Westside School increase tuition to cover the cost of educating each student?

Large increases in tuition may prohibit the opportunity of a Westside School education to many families. Through tax-deductible donations to the Westside School Fund, we can keep tuition costs more affordable, participate in the Rainier Scholars program, and provide financial aid and scholarships to qualified students.

How much am I expected to give?

We hope our families consider Westside School a philanthropic priority and give at a level that is meaningful to them. We recognize that tuition is a significant investment and every family’s capacity is different. Gifts of ALL sizes help Westside School reach its financial and participation goals.

If I can only give a small gift, does it really make an impact on Westside School?

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. In addition, 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?

Will I receive a tax benefit from my donation?

Absolutely!Westside School is a 501(c)(3), EIN 91-1151493. All contributions are 100% tax-deductible.

Ways to give


Westside School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Direct Gifts

Contributions of check, credit card and electronic fund transfers are greatly appreciated.


Pledge Contributions

Pledges are welcome and make giving easy for every family. Pledges are made at the beginning of the year can be paid over time or scheduled for a later date, such as monthly, quarterly, next February, 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.


Matching Gifts

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 hereor 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:


Alaska Airlines

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Charles Schwab

Delta Airlines

Liberty Mutual Group


Morgan Stanley


Wells Fargo

Washington Mutual

And so many more


Find out if your company has a matching gift program HERE!




Ted Kalmus, Interim Head of School

206-932-2511 ext. 1137


Shoshannah Hoffman, Director of Development

206-932-2511 ext. 1135


Ted Holmes, Director of Enrollment Management

206.932-2511 ext. 1132


Caitlin Jarvis, Advancement Assistant

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