Giving at Independent Schools

Independent schools are non-profit institutions that rely on tuition and donations, rather than government funding, to operate. The best independent schools in the country try to keep tuition down by finding other ways to generate revenue, mostly by fundraising. In fact, almost all of these schools have tuition rates that do not cover the actual expense of educating the child. The generosity of the community bridges the gap.

Learn more about the value of your gifts of time, talent and treasure in this great guide for parents from The National Association of Independent Schools.
Here is the lowdown on the different types of fundraising at Annie Wright. These are common to most independent schools and universities as well as many other non-profit organizations.

Types of Giving

List of 3 items.

  • Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund is a 4-week community effort to support everything you love about Annie Wright, every year. The Annual Fund bridges the gap between tuition and the operating budget, supports a wide variety of programs and helps build our community. Give to this fund each year to sponsor excellent education, inspire teachers to dream big for your children, and bolster this iconic institution.
  • Auction

    The auction is a pair of fabulous parties, one for families and one for adults only, organized by the Annie Wright Schools Parents’ Association. The proceeds from these events support the Schools’ and Parents’ Association’s budgets and also fund a special project through a dedicated “Fund-A-Need."
  • Campaign

    A campaign is a periodic effort to raise substantial resources to address a particular need and/or the general growth and sustainability of the Schools. Campaign gifts are usually significantly larger than other gifts and demonstrate a commitment to propelling Annie Wright Schools to the next level.

Think of Giving at Annie Wright in Terms of a Bicycle...

Why does Annie Wright and other indpendent schools ask for donations to different funds? The answer is that different funds have different purposes and goals.
Think of giving in terms of a BICYCLE. The bike, just like Annie Wright Schools, is the vehicle that takes students on exciting journeys of learning and exploration. Tuition dollars pay for the bike, mostly, but tuition can’t do it alone. The ANNUAL FUND makes up the difference and also helps keep the bike safe and in good repair, year after year. Without the Annual Fund, the bike would stay in the garage.

Now, say you’d like a basket, mudguard or even a new saddle on the bike. The AUCTION will raise funds for the extra features that tailor the bike to your needs and make it more fun, useful and special.
Every so often your bike needs serious work or a better environment. Perhaps you need to replace both tires or even upgrade to a lightweight frame. Or perhaps you want to help your city establish bike lanes so that you can ride safely to school. Periodic CAMPAIGNS can raise significant resources to fund major projects or improvements. These are only successful if you’ve got a great bike in the first place.
Of course the most important part of a bike is a GREAT KID to ride it, and we have a school full of great kids!
Contact Director of Institutional Advancement Jennifer Haley by email or phone at 253.284.5411 to learn more about giving at Annie Wright.


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

Downtown Campus:
936 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402

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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.