FAQ’s: Seattle Prep’s Annual Appeal
What is the Annual Appeal?
The Annual Appeal is a yearly request for contributions to the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of Seattle Prep’s fundraising efforts, and helps to:
- -Provide tuition assistance to 22% of Prep students
- -Support the operating needs of the school in order
to keep tuition as low as possible
Why does Prep need an Annual Fund?
It is vital to our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic school that we remain accessible to all qualified students, and that the cost of tuition is not a barrier to receiving a Seattle Prep education.
Seattle Prep has been delivering excellence in education since 1891--an education grounded in our spirit of community and inclusivity and focused on forming the Grad at Grad. In order to sustain our commitment to our mission and to continue to provide a transformational education, Prep relies on support from alumni, parents and friends to meet its operating needs each year.
Doesn't tuition cover the school's operating needs?
No. Seattle Prep is committed to making a Jesuit education accessible to as many families as possible, which translates into consciously setting our tuition rate lower than the cost of educating each student. We make up the difference with the Annual Appeal, the SPREE Auction, and the Seattle Prep Endowment.
What is this year's goal?
The Annual Appeal goal for 2013-2014 is $860,000.
Who supports the Annual Fund?
Our entire community-current and past parents, alumni and friends-generously support the Annual Fund with their financial contributions. Seattle Prep is fortunate to be a part of a compassionate community that believes strongly in Jesuit education and makes Prep a priority with charitable giving.
When do I need to submit my gift?
Prep's fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th; therefore, all gifts pledged throughout the 2013-2014 school year are due by June 30, 2014.
What is a “Matching Gift”?
Many companies match their employees' charitable contributions. We encourage each donor to the Annual Fund to check with his or her company as to their matching gift policy. To have your gift matched, simply let the Development Office know and we will provide follow-up information to your company.
Who do I contact for more information?
April Collier, Vice President for Development, welcomes your questions at email@example.com or 206-577-2143.