St. Andrew's-Sewanee School completed its annual fundraising campaign on June 30 with $617,532 in contributions from 861 donors, exceeding the $600,000 goal for the year. Approximately 50% of SAS Fund contributions come from alumni of the school. The school also enjoys the support of a broad community of parents, grandparents, churches, businesses, foundations, and friends. Even employees contribute; 93% of SAS employees made a donation to the school this year.
The SAS Fund provides 10% of the school's operating budget and enhances every aspect of the school experience, including academic, athletic, and artistic programs. It also helps to fulfill the school's mission to provide educational opportunities for those students for whom such experiences might not otherwise be available by helping to provide financial aid to close to 50% of the student body. In 2016-17 that amounted to over $2 million. Only a small percentage of the financial aid is provided through endowed funds.
"I am grateful for our volunteer fundraisers and staff for what was a team effort in making this year's SAS Fund campaign a success," said Assistant Director of Development Sandy Bryant. Bryant is responsible for coordinating SAS Fund efforts.
"In addition to gifts to the SAS Fund, this year," added Jay Howard, Director of Development, "the school received $416,000 in contributions for our chapel restoration efforts, ongoing campus safety planning, and scholarship and other endowment initiatives. We are truly grateful to all of our generous benefactors for their belief in our mission." The renovated St. Andrew's Chapel was rededicated in the fall. The Centennial Campaign which supported the renovation also established an endowment fund for the 100-year old chapel's ongoing maintenance.
St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, a college preparatory boarding and day school in Sewanee, Tenn., recently completed its first year under the leadership of Head of School Karl J. Sjolund. Founded in 1981, the school is the result of the merger of St. Andrew's School and Sewanee Academy and traces its history back through close to 150 years of Episcopal secondary education in Sewanee.
The 2017-18 SAS Fund campaign gets underway this fall. This year's goal will be $630,000.