Annual Fund

The world needs Quaker education, and the Annual Fund helps Sidwell Friends provide it.

A Quaker education teaches students kindness, empathy, and the importance of standing up for justice. It instills intellectual curiosity and a commitment to serving others. Whether our students soak up these ideas during circle time at Lower School, explore them in the Middle School’s Playback Theatre, or experience them through travel to places such as Rwanda or Uruguay, Quaker values define our students’ experience.

These principles remain vibrant because our faculty and staff, generous donors, and volunteers invest deeply in a shared belief: that our students will, and must, become intelligent and empathetic leaders who will help make the world more just.

The Annual Fund enables Sidwell Friends to provide Quaker education at the highest levels by focusing on two priorities:

  • Financial aid, which promotes access and affordability
  • Faculty professional development, which helps great teachers continue to bring fresh skills and knowledge to the classroom

Thank you for the friendship and generosity you continue to share with this community.

2018/19 Annual Fund at a Glance

  • $3.4 million raised

  • 2,479 donors

  • 55 percent of donors were alumni

  • 50 percent of faculty participated

  • 72 percent current families participated


Leadership Giving Levels

Second Century Society
10+ years of consecutive giving

1883 Society

Maroon and Gray Society

Founders' Society

Zartman Society

Head of School Society

Sidwell Society
$50,000 and above

2019/20 Fiscal Year

The fiscal year for the 2019/20 Annual Fund is July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Thank you for your support.

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Elizabeth Conley

Director of Development, Alumni Engagement and Leadership