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Annual Fund

Nicole and Paul Miller
Annual Fund Co-Chairs

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 208-2019 Campaign raised over $416,000 and celebrated 97.3% parent participation. 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.

How are contributions used?

The WES Annual Fund is the school's top fundraising priority and provides immediate unrestricted and tangible support to enhance the annual operating budget. Tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of educating each WES student. The Annual Fund supports the activities and programs that give our students the foundation they need to stride confidently into the world, delight in it, and contribute to it.  Your gift gives the students and teachers the tools they need to succeed. Some examples of how your gift is used are below.

 Examples of how your gifts are used annually:

•   $100 will purchase a month of art supplies for one grade

•   A gift between $100-$150 covers the cost of mulch for the Early Childhood Playground for one month.

•   $250 covers the cost of the graduation ceremony/celebration for one student

•   $500 covers the average cost of a field trip (excludes trips requiring airfare)

•   $750 will purchase one month's supply of new library books

•   $1,000 will cover the average cost of Professional Development for one teacher (annually)

•   $1,250 will cover annual science and STEM supplies for one grade (N-Grade 5)

•   $1,800 pays for PE and sports for one grade for an entire school year

•   $4,416 covers the difference between tuition and the cost of educating each student

•   $10,000 will pay for one year of consultants, workshops, and speakers that benefit students, parents, 
      and faculty

Why is it important to participate?

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. 

Do all WES families participate?

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.

Do you only want large gifts?

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.

Can I make monthly or quarterly payments using my credit card?

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

What is the 20% Club?

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. 

Can I have my gift matched by my employer?

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.

Should I give a larger gift if I have more than one child at WES? Aren't my tuition payments enough?

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.

Why not just set tuition high enough to cover expenses?

We have chosen not to do so for three reasons:   

  • Higher tuition might keep some parents from enrolling their children. We want to make WES available to as many people as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
  • Each family is asked to give as much to the Annual Fund as they are able; those who can give more are encouraged to do so.
  • Contributions to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible.

Are there tax benefits available when I give to WES?

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.

How long do I have to pay my pledge to the WES Annual Fund

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.

I would like to keep my donation confidential. Is that possible?

Yes, simply let us know when you fill out the remittance envelope, make your gift online, or notify the Development Office.

2018-2019 Annual Fund Committee                                                                          

Nicole & Paul Miller 

Parent Reps
Julie Berko
Robert Crawford & Mark Nielsen
Alison & Jonathan Dickey
Kate Garrison
Janan Gohari
Tuwenia Grebowsky
Karaine Howard
Mia Spiker Johnson
Bridget & Shane Moore
Natasha Narine (Ingram)
Martha Orzechowski
Vicki Panchal
Nikki Sertsu
Ryan Sober
Michele Sumilas (Carney)
Michal Takem
Kemi Tignor
Ezra Udoff   
Anna Wellenstein
Siobhan Wilan
Libby Wilkinson 
Diedre Windsor (Love)     

Grandparent Reps
Tammy & John Gill
Judy Foster Glick
Carolyn & Frank Knott Sr.
Penny Pickett
Ginger Snider

Past Parent Rep
Felice Li

Alumni Reps
Lindsay Bratun ’10
Cri-Cri Richards Randolph ’98

Faculty Reps
Ana Karam
Patrick Pané

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