Giving Overview

A Message from the Head of Advancement

Independent education plays a distinctive role in Reno and Nevada guiding our young people as they strive to reach their highest potential. Sage Ridge School will continue to be central to this task. We are Reno's only non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school and fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools.
Like almost all independent schools, SRS must rely on charitable contributions from the school community in order to enhance the educational experience, fulfill our mission to provide a top-flight college preparatory program, and maintain flexibility in the operating budget. All donations to SRS are welcome, appreciated, and tax-deductible.
Since its founding, Sage Ridge School has operated as a not-for-profit charitable organization. Now incorporated under federal and state laws as a 501c (3) tax exempt organization, Sage Ridge School receives no federal or state government funding.

All donations to Sage Ridge are welcome, essential, and tax-deductible. We are confident that the School community will share our belief in our mission and respond generously when called on to do so.
Please take some time to review the following pages to learn more about the unique role that philanthropy and volunteerism plays at our school.

Gratefully,
Jay Howard
Head of Advancement
 

Jay Howard

Jay Howard

Head of Advancement

Types of Gifts

Annual Fund

  • Frequency: every year
  • What It Does: Supplements annual expenses not covered by tuition
  • What It Funds: Curricular and programmatic enhancements
  • Personal Equivalent: a checking account

Endowment

  • Frequency: Periodically
  • What It Does: Takes the pressure off the operating budget and tuition
  • What It Funds: Salaries and benefits, faculty development, enrichment programs, financial aid
  • Personal Equivalent: An investment account that produces income

Restricted Giving

  • Frequency: As a donor feels motivated to participate
  • What It Does: Funds special unbudgeted items and programs
  • What It Funds: Surprise needs in specific areas of school life
  • Personal Equivalent: A gift for something you could not otherwise afford

Planned Giving

  • Frequency: Once a lifetime
  • What It Does: Helps ensure the financial future of Sage Ridge School for years to come
  • What It Funds: Endowment or donor's choice
  • Personal Equivalent: Retirement Account

What is Advancement?

The Advancement team is responsible for many areas of school life that are often designated as external relations. This would include marketing, communications, enrollment, alumni relations, special events and, of course, fundraising.

Independent education plays a distinctive role in Reno and Nevada guiding our young people as they strive to reach their highest potential. Sage Ridge School will continue to be central to this task. We are Reno's only non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school and fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. All donations to Sage Ridge are welcome, essential, and tax-deductible. 

Meet the Advancement Team

Jay Howard

Jay Howard

Head of Advancement
Charlotte Carpenter

Charlotte Carpenter

Director of Enrollment Management
Debbi Lehr

Debbi Lehr

Director of Development
Jessica Thibault

Jessica Thibault

Director of Communications, Arts Faculty - Media Arts

Our Mission:

Sage Ridge School graduates curious and confident citizens who embrace rigorous scholarship, respect the dignity of individuals, choose integrity, embody courage, cultivate a compassionate community, and ultimately thrive in college and in our global society.