How Does SAAS do it all?
With your gifts!

Seattle Academy families, alumni, faculty, staff and friends give generously each year to help us prepare students for college and life. Your gift to Seattle Academy is an investment in our school and in our exceptional students and faculty. With your support we are able to create the best environment for our students to learn, grow, and thrive, and we thank you!

On these pages we invite you to learn more about giving to Seattle Academy, and about the lasting impact charitable gifts have on the programs and people at SAAS.  There are many ways to support Seattle Academy ; you can dedicate your philanthropy to the school through our various giving programs: Annual Fund, SAAS in the City, Capital Projects, Endowments, In-kind donations, and Planned Giving.

For more information regarding giving to SAAS, or to volunteer with fundraising events and Advancement efforts, please contact us:

Paula Prewett, Director of Institutional Advancement, 206.676.6886
Erin Culbertson, Director of Institutional Giving, 206.676.6863
Anne-Marie Guerrero, Annual Fund Director, 206.676.6874
Sheila Hanrahan, Director of Communications, 206.676.6858
Kina Walker, Capital Campaign Coordinator/Alumni Director, 206.676.6896
Vickie Wu, Advancement Assistant, 206.676.6843
Andrew Spitzer, Development Assistant, 206.676.6810
Paula Wilkinson, Event Coordinator, 206.676.6825
Megan Conklin, Graphics Coordinator

Annual Fund

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The Annual Fund is Seattle Academy’s primary fundraising campaign. Annual Fund gifts support curricular innovations and opportunities across the four pillars of a SAAS education – Academics, the Arts, Athletics, and Outdoor & Travel Programs. In addition, these gifts fund financial aid, technology, and student clubs and activities. Tuition is a significant investment that provides what is needed for SAAS to be a good school.  Your tax-deductible gifts provide what we need to be a great school!


We ask everyone to give to the Annual Fund at a level that is personally meaningful and appropriate.  Gifts of all sizes make a difference to our programs, students, and faculty. No gift is too small. With an economically diverse community, Seattle Academy takes a “fair share” approach to giving; we place equal importance on high giving levels and upon high participation levels.


Leadership gifts of $3,000 or more are the cornerstone of the Annual Fund. These gifts play a pivotal role in supporting our school. If it is within your ability, please consider making a leadership gift to the Annual Fund.


For more information about the Annual Fund and ways to give, please contact Anne-Marie Guerrero, Annual Fund Director, at

SAAS in the City

SAAS in the City is Seattle Academy’s annual event to benefit students and faculty.  Instead of an auction, our community gathers for a party at Fremont Studios. This event celebrates the remarkable talent, spirit, and generosity that make Seattle Academy faculty, students, alumni, and families so special.  The evening includes a seated dinner, student performances and alumni presenters, a raffle and wine grab, and the opportunity to make a gift to Seattle Academy.  Proceeds from the event support our vision and mission to prepare students for college and life.

To learn more about SAAS in the City, please contact Anne-Marie Guerrero, Annual Fund Director, at


SAAS Rising: A Campaign for Campus Transformation

Seattle Academy is certain that developing exceptional purpose-built facilities to maximize programmatic flexibility while maintaining an emphasis on community cohesion will better enable the development of 21st century skills for our students. Students and faculty need learning environments that support creativity, problem-solving, innovation, collaboration, emotional intelligence, and skills of expression.

We know that innovation in education is happening at SAAS right now and we celebrate the creative work of past and present faculty and students. But we also know that innovation is happening in facilities that will not adequately support the teaching that we envision. Seattle Academy’s vision will unite its Upper and Middle Schools in the 12th Avenue block and generate space for new curricular developments.

The Board of Trustees initiated a $35 million capital campaign to support the new STREAM facility and to build a new permanent home for the Middle School on the 12th Avenue block. STREAM opened in Fall 2015 and construction for the next new facility, Cardinal Union, will begin in spring 2017 on time to open to students and faculty in Fall 2018.

For more information about Capital Projects, please contact Erin Culbertson, Director of Institutional Giving at



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Seattle Academy is strengthened by the financial stability provided by endowed funds. Endowed funds are invested for the long-term and provide current and future revenue that lasts in perpetuity. Each year the Board of Trustees approves an annual distribution amount. The distributed funds are made available to support designated programs including Financial Aid, Outdoor and Travel Programs, Learning Support and Speech and Debate while the principle of the endowment remains invested and produces future revenue.



Our entire community benefits from the eight endowment funds that support our students and programs. Last year, 22% of Seattle Academy students received financial aid support which strengthens the entire student community and ensures that Seattle Academy is able to enroll talented, motivated young people every year.

Each endowment listed helps ensure the continued strength and longevity of essential SAAS programs. The Seattle Academy endowed funds are:

  • The Bianco Family Learning Support Financial Aid Endowment  (Financial Aid for tuition and Learning Support fees)
  • The Dunnam Family Endowment (for need-based Financial Aid)
  • Financial Aid Endowment
  • General Endowment (for need-based Financial Aid) 
  • The Jeremy Houk Scholarship Fund (for Speech and Debate)
  • Lorenzini Family Endowed Scholarship Fund (for need-based Financial Aid)
  • Reid Rogers Endowed Fund (Financial Aid for Outdoor and Travel Trip Fees)
  • The Voyageurs Fund (for Outdoor & Travel Program)
  • The Wilson Learning Support Endowment
  • The Wanda Elder Learning Support Scholarship Endowment (Financial Aid for tuition and Learning Support fees)

Endowed funds as of July 1, 2015.


Donors may establish a named endowment fund with a minimum gift commitment of $50,000.

For more information about Endowments, please contact Erin Culbertson, Director of Institutional Giving, at

In-Kind Donations


Are you interested in donating goods or services to a SAAS program, student activity or club? Do you have tickets to a performance or sports event that you are unable to use?  In-kind gifts that fulfill specific needs of the school are truly valued.  Donated tickets are a welcome surprise for faculty and are always appreciated.

To make an in-kind donation of goods or service, please contact Anne-Marie Guerrero, Annual Fund Director, at

To donate tickets, please contact Vickie Wu, Advancement Assistant, at

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Planned Giving



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Since our founding in 1983, Seattle Academy has prepared students to be contributing members of society. You may choose to support Seattle Academy with a deferred gift to help us prepare future generations of students for college and life; young men and women of talent and integrity who are prepared to contribute to a changing world.

The simplest way to make a deferred gift is to include Seattle Academy in your will. All you need is to include a few sentences in your will or trust. Seattle Academy recommends using the following language to make a designation in your will:

“I, [name], hereby give, devise and bequeath to Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation located at 1201 East Union Street in Seattle, Washington, for its unrestricted educational purposes…[xx] percent of my taxable estate…or the sum of [$xx.00]…or all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate after specified obligations, taxes and expenses have been paid.”

Please let us know if Seattle Academy is a beneficiary in your will so we can share our appreciation with you. For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Guerrero, Annual Fund Director, at


Seattle Academy is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Our IRS tax identification number is 91-1223580.

Online: To make a secure gift online please click on the link provided here.
Donate Now

By Mail: Please make your check payable to Seattle Academy with a notation of which campaign you intend to support (e.g. Annual Fund, SAAS Rising Capital Campaign, etc). Mail your gift to:
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
Office of Institutional Advancement
1201 E Union St.
Seattle, WA 98122

By Credit Card: Seattle Academy accepts gifts made by Visa or MasterCard. Online is the fastest way to make your donation by credit card. You may also contact Anne-Marie Guerrero at 206-676-6874 with your payment information, or complete a pledge form and mail it to the address above.

By Gift of Stock: If you wish to contribute through a transfer of securities, please contact Anne-Marie Guerrero at 206- 676-6874 or for instructions.