The Annual Fund is the foundation of all fund raising at Washington Episcopal School. WES, like most other independent schools, relies on a robust Annual Fund to keep tuition competitive and enables the talented and dedicated faculty to uphold the Mission of the school by preparing the students to stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and contribute to it. Every gift to the Annual Fund directly supports each student's education at WES.
The 2017-2018 Campaign raised over $412,000. We are incredibly grateful for our community's generosity and commitment to WES.
We are pleased to announce that Nicole and Paul Miller will Co-Chair the 2018-2019 Annual Fund Campaign.
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Annual Fund gifts are unrestricted so they can be used where they are needed the most. Every dollar given to the Annual Fund is used immediately to maintain excellence, by meeting the school's most important needs and opportunities, including new and ongoing programs in the classroom, financial aid, library and computer resources, athletics, alumni events, and other initiatives.
A robust Annual Fund Campaign ensures the best possible programs, facility, and faculty for the students. This Fund is the foundation of all fund raising at WES and the level of participation by parents is an important indicator of the loyalty and commitment of those closest to the school.
Yes! We traditionally celebrate 97-100% parent participation and we hope to continue that tradition! For the last 15 years, 100% of the faculty has contributed to the Annual Fund.
Gifts to the Annual Fund range from $15 to $30,000. Large gifts are wonderful, but smaller gifts add up. Although we ask that each family give as much as possible, a high percentage of parent participation is also critical. We encourage every family to participate.
Yes. You can make recurring monthly payments by clicking the "donate now" link on this page or you can contact Claire Henderson in the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20% club is a special recognition for donors who give 20% more than the previous year. Since expenses go up every year, the 20% gift increase helps cover these increased costs and enables WES to add even more program enrichments.
Yes This is a great way to double your donation dollars! Please ask your HR department whether your employer has a matching gift program. Fill out and submit the appropriate forms and the Development Office will do the rest. You will receive recognition for the combined value of your gift and the matching gift in the Annual Report.
There is a funding gap of approximately $4,500 between tuition and expenses for each child enrolled in WES. If your second child were not at WES, his/her place would be occupied by a child whose parents presumably would make a contribution equal to yours for their one child, providing the financial support needed for each child.
We have chosen not to do so for three reasons:
Gifts to the WES the Annual Fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Some gifts, such as appreciated securities, have special value to the donor at tax time.
We prefer to receive all payments by May 1. When you make your contribution, you will be sent an official receipt that you may use for your tax deduction calculations in the tax year during that your payment was made.
Yes, simply let us know when you fill out the remittance envelope, make your gift online, or notify the Development Office.