As an independent school, San Francisco Friends School has the freedom to develop and implement programs that reflect best practices in the classroom and that are rooted in our Quaker values.
This independence has an economic aspect as well: we are entirely self-funded. Tuition covers roughly 85% of our annual operating costs; we rely on donations to the Annual Fund to help make up the difference. The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of a Friends education, touching every student, every day.
Gifts to the Annual Fund directly impact faculty salaries and professional development, adjustable tuition, class trips and service learning, and so much more.
In 2017–18 we raised over $834,000 for the Annual Fund. This year our goal is $900,000.
What to Expect?
- All current parents are solicited for the Annual Fund, as are grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, Board of Trustee members, faculty and staff, and friends of SFFS.
- SFFS has a goal of 100% participation in the Annual Fund from our parents, faculty and staff, and Board of Trustees. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and vital to our fiscal health.
Q: Why should I give to the Annual Fund when I already pay tuition?
Tuition revenues account for roughly 85% of our total operating budget; gifts to the Annual Fund make up the difference providing SFFS with the resources necessary to pursue our mission. Your gift supports students as they learn to listen to their voices, to inquire about the world around them, and to seek connections with their community.
Q: What is the timeline for the Annual Fund?
For parents, the Annual Fund is launched in mid-September, with donations and pledges being secured by December 31. You may pledge in the fall and pay your pledge when convenient, by the end of the school year.
Q: How much should I give?
Only you can determine the amount that is right for your family. We encourage you to consider the impact your gift will make, to realize the value of your donation in providing an exceptional school experience for SFFS students, and to make your gift a personally meaningful one.