Annual Fund FAQs

What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is a community effort to support Annie Wright’s operating budget every year.

Why should I give to the Annual Fund?
Your gift supports the people and programs that make Annie Wright Schools unique: exceptional teachers, small class sizes, current technology, IB curricula, inquiry-based learning, traditions, and so much more. In addition, donating to the Annual Fund:
  • shows you value excellent education
  • inspires teachers to dream big for their students
  • helps develop leaders who make a positive, lasting difference in the world
  • boosts participation, which encourages major donors to join you in giving
  • supports an iconic institution that strengthens our city and region
  • enhances the reputation and increases the recognition of your school

What does my gift to the Annual Fund support?
Your gift:
  • bridges the gap between tuition and the operating budget
  • supports a wide variety of programs and facilities
  • allows for both eventualities and opportunities
  • builds community and fosters connections
  • creates the opportunity to be part of something larger

If tuition income doesn’t cover expenses, why doesn’t Annie Wright just raise tuition to cover costs?
We are committed to providing an exceptional education to our families at a level of affordability that maintains the small, increasingly diverse community that makes Annie Wright a family. A gift to our Annual Fund is tax deductible, whereas tuition is not. In addition, an Annual Fund gift may qualify for a matching gift from your employer, which may allow you to double or even triple your support.

What are the Annual Giving Societies?
Every gift, no matter what the size, makes an impact on Annie Wright Schools. The Giving Societies recognize donors at every level. The Paddock Leadership Circle includes donors who give $1,000 and above, and the Young Alumni Society is for alumni 30 and younger who give $120 and above. The Societies include:

  • Leadership$100,000
  • Legacy Circle$20,000-$99,999
  • Visionaries Society$10,000-$19,999
  • Founders Society$5,000-$9,999
  • Arches Society$2,500-$4,999
  • Raynor Chapel Society$1,000-$2,499
  • Great Hall Guild$1-$999
  • Young Alumni Society$120+

What is the Paddock Leadership Circle?
The Paddock Leadership Circle is a club of Annual Fund donors who give $1,000 and above during the year. They provide the critical support that bolsters Annie Wright and helps it achieve its mission.

What is the Young Alumni Giving Society?
The Young Alumni Giving Society recognizes Lower, Middle and Upper School alumni aged 18-30 who make annual gifts of $120 or more. For just $10 per month young alumni can make a strong impact on Annie Wright and become members of the Bishop Paddock Leadership Circle, reserved for donors of $1,000 and above if they are over 30 years old. Membership includes invitations to exclusive parties and events and the opportunity to network with community leaders and philanthropists.

When should I give to the Annual Fund?
Anytime! The Annual Fund runs July 1 to June 30 each year. Annie Wright's main Annual Fund push, Giving December, runs from Giving Tuesday until December 31.

What is the difference between a gift and a pledge?
A gift is your immediate donation to the school and will be considered a tax deduction for whichever year it was received. A pledge is your formal promise to pay a certain amount before June 30.

What if I don’t want to make a gift until the new year?
That’s easy. Pledge by December 31, but pay later. You’ll have until June 30 to fulfill your pledge.

Can I give stock?
Absolutely! Call Jennifer Haley at 253.284.5411 to learn how.

What about gift matching?
Just follow your employer’s matching gift instructions. Many companies offer matching gift programs to supplement charitable giving among their employees. For more information on how you can learn about your company's matching opportunity, contact Jennifer Haley at 253.284.5411.

How much am I expected to give to Annie Wright’s Annual Fund?
While we hope you make Annie Wright a charitable priority, only you can decide on the amount that’s right for you. Our gifts range from $5 to $20,000, with average gifts between $100 and $500. Paddock Leadership Circle giving begins at $1,000. Whatever your gift amount, we are grateful.

How do I contribute to the Annual Fund?
Giving is quick and easy at www.aw.org/give. You may also call Jennifer Haley at 253.284.5411 to make your gift by phone or fill out this pledge form and mail to with a check or credit card information to the attention of Jennifer Haley at Annie Wright Schools, 827 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403.

Is my gift tax deductible?
Annie Wright is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and your gift is likely to be fully tax deductible. Check with your tax adviser or contact Jennifer Haley for further information.
 

Contact

Annie Wright Schools
Main Campus:
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403
253.272.2216

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
253.272.2216

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.