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A Year-End Development Update

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

With just days left in the school year, I wanted to take a moment to share with you our enormous gratitude for your support in raising critical funds for Friends this year. As you well know, tuition alone does not cover the cost of operating our school, and each year we look to our families and the larger Friends school community to support the teachers and programs that are critical to our mission and curriculum. Once again our community responded, joining together to steward our shared investment in Friends.

I’m thrilled to say that we’ve reached our financial goal for this year’s Annual Fund, to date raising more than $753,000. Parent participation in our Annual Fund this year is at 98%, a great showing of community support. With just days to go, we hope to make it to 100%.

This year, we were lucky to have an anonymous 8th grade family issue a Giving Challenge to their fellow 8th grade families and the Board of Trustees. This Giving Challenge raised more than $20,000 for the Annual Fund, and we hope it may be the first in a new tradition. We could not be more grateful for the generosity of all the families involved.

In addition to general support for operations, raising money for adjustable tuition remains at the forefront of our efforts. This year, we raised $186,863for adjustable tuition, including direct donations and money raised in the 2017 Blue Party. Equal parts fundraiser and community builder, this year’s Blue Party was only possible with the enormous efforts of a handful of creative, committed, and indefatigable volunteers:  Beth Dye, Aggie Gettys, Jen Aldrich, Kevin Seidel, Soledad Alzaga-Gray, Chandra and Erich Ippen, Merritt Richmond, and many, many more. If you came to the Blue Party, you know the food and drinks scaled new heights—and how could it not, with so many amazingly talented food families in our midst! We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the families involved with BiRite, Cala, Franny’s Kitchen, Indian Bento, Jackrabbit, Kasa, Nopa, Nopalito, Outerlands, Pacific Catch, and Spruce/Saratoga.

A few weeks ago, members of the Development and Finance Committees of the Board of Trustees hosted an event called “Stewardship and the Financial Health of Friends.” If you were not able to attend the event, you can view it by visiting our Vimeo account (password: steward). While it may not be the most exciting 50 minutes of viewing you’ve ever had, it will give you helpful information about the board, our finances, and how the board functions in its role as financial steward of our school.

Thank you for your generosity to San Francisco Friends School, and your investment in the future of our students, teachers and school as a whole.