Giving Opportunities

THE ANNUAL FUND CAMPAIGN

Sage Ridge School Annual Fund Campaign is our primary philanthropic appeal and the first gift we ask of the Sage Ridge community. SRS is a not-for-profit organization and depends on annual tax-deductible contributions to enhance the experience of a Sage Ridge education. Annual fund dollars go to support all facets of the curriculum including academics, the arts and athletics. In short, the Annual Fund is absolutely crucial to the school's ability to provide the highest quality education while keeping it affordable for as many families as possible.

Hundreds of individuals, businesses, and foundations support the Annual Fund, with gifts ranging from $10 to over $10,000. These contributions are generally unrestricted – the purest form of philanthropy – strengthening all school programs and touching the life of every student. Whether the support is used for curricular enhancements, faculty professional development, scholarships, sports team trips, theatre production materials, or building upkeep, the Annual Fund's success is crucial in the daily life of the school.

We finished our 2019 fiscal year with a total amount of $177,000 in unrestricted Annual Fund dollars that directly benefit our students and faculty, surpassing our goal of $175,000. Words cannot express our appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers and donors who made this Annual Fund Campaign such a huge success. This year’s goal is $200,000. We know through the generosity of so many, we will once again achieve our objective of providing the best educational environment for our students and faculty, and for this we are truly grateful.
 

Gala

The Gala is our annual dinner, auction and dance and a wonderful opportunity for the Sage Ridge Community to come together in support of the school. These festive events express our gratitude for the investment each of our donors make, and provide us with an opportunity to engage with our vibrant community. Funds are raised through table sponsorships, donations, silent/live auction bidding, and fund-a-need drives to support initiatives aimed at enhancing campus life and academics.

The Opportunity Fund:
Sage Ridge Scholars

The Opportunity Fund program was established in 2000 with support from the Redfield Foundation and other generous donors. Beginning in 2015, Sage Ridge committed to accepting one new high school student per year. Support of the program has increased steadily over time. The School currently supports four Sage Ridge Scholars with 10 students having benefited from the program since its inception.

Capital Campaigns

Sage Ridge School conducts periodic Capital Campaigns to fund specific bricks and mortar projects and sometimes to build endowment. Beginning with the initial gift of 40+ acres from the Redfield Foundation, capital giving has been fundamental to the school’s growth. Both the Webster and Crossbow buildings exist due to the generosity of numerous benefactors.

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