Your Generosity Makes a Difference

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Jay Howard

Your donations make a difference. Consider these scenes from around campus:

  • Our senior class (14 members) has earned initial four year scholarship offers in amount of $1.6 million from 30 different colleges and universities. Kudos to their hard work and a testament to our outstanding faculty!
  • The Go Baby Go project combines design, electrical and mechanical engineering, and project management to modify a ride-on electric car for a young patient at Renown Hospital. The modified toy cars give children with mobility disabilities a chance to play and socialize with their peers more easily. Sage Ridge School has committed to engineering a modified car for a deserving young patient this spring. Students that participate will be challenged and rewarded with the knowledge that this is a real project, a real product that will help a little girl and her family.
  • Our Net Promoter Score (an index that measures the willingness of our family’s to recommend our school to others)  is now in the high ‘excellent’ range as reported a few weeks ago in Friday Notes.
  • We added grade 3, enrolling 17 new students, who completed their engaging Chautauqua performances this week! This growth defined Lower, Middle and Upper Schools.

These are all examples of you annual fund dollars at work. 

Independent Schools in the United States owe their very existence to innumerable generous donors who, over the generations, have built facilities, supported faculty and students, and established endowments for the future. Schools like SRS belong to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and are accredited, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations who rely on donations to provide for their fiscal wellbeing.

The Sage Ridge School Annual Fund is the school’s priority philanthropic appeal. It is the first gift that we ask of all members of the SRS family. It is a voluntary gift received from parents, alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and friends that makes it possible for the school to meet important curricular and programmatic goals. Our mission is crucial in preparing our students to be leaders for an unknown future - we are nurturing the intellectual character they need to make a positive difference.

Q: Why should I make a gift to the Sage Ridge Annual Fund Campaign?
The Annual Fund provides money for current operations and is the foundation for philanthropy at the school. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports the people and programs that make the Sage Ridge School experience so special, such as talented teachers, small classes, outstanding curriculum resources, and exceptional offerings in everything from the arts to athletics.

Q: Why is participation important?
All gifts of any size count toward participation in Sage Ridge’s Annual Fund. Strong participation demonstrates confidence in the school’s mission. Foundations, corporations and individual philanthropists all consider parent, alumni and trustee participation when deciding where to invest their resources.

Q: Why unrestricted giving?
Innumerable staff and volunteer hours are spent crafting a highly efficient school budget with specific priorities and goals. Unrestricted gifts help the school most because they give flexibility to the Board of Trustees and school leadership to place the money where it will serve the best purpose.

Our students, teachers, and you!
You are a special part of the Sage Ridge School community. It is because of your commitment to the Annual Fund that the School is able to provide its students and teachers with the resources they need to thrive. Thank you for your continued support and participation!

Jay Howard
Head of Advancement
Sage Ridge School

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