St. Andrew’s-Sewanee, an Episcopal boarding and day school in Sewanee, Tenn., recently received an early Christmas present. An anonymous donor has come forward and challenged the school’s alumni to step up their support of the school. As an encouragement, the donor is matching, dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000, all unrestricted alumni gifts between December 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Additionally, if the school doubles the number of alumni donors over the last fiscal year, the donor will donate another $250,000 for a total contribution of $500,000.
The school’s unrestricted annual giving effort, the SAS Fund, encourages alumni, families, and friends of the school to make an immediate impact on the lives of SAS students and faculty members. Gifts to the fund, which totaled $548,000 last year, helped to provide curricular enhancements, scholarships, athletic and outdoor programming, art supplies, theater production materials, faculty and staff development, building upkeep, and more.
“Every aspect of the program we provide for our students is supported by the SAS Fund,” explained Assistant Director of Advancement Stephen Brehm.
In making alumni aware of the challenge, SAS Alumni Council President Terry Snyder ’85 wrote “During the holiday season, I always find it important to reflect on those things for which I am most grateful. Inevitably, some of the first things that come to mind are my memories of being a student at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee: the beauty of the campus, the encouragement I was given by the faculty, and the camaraderie I felt, and still feel, with my classmates. Those of us on the Alumni Council know that our experiences would not have been possible without the support of those that came before us, and this is why we give back, in gratitude, every year.”
In addition to encouraging alumni giving, the SAS Fund seeks annual financial support from current and past parents and grandparents of SAS students, faculty and staff, area businesses, and friends of the school. Donations can be made at www.sasweb.org/give or by contacting Stephen Brehm.