Advancing Friends Spring 2020

Creating Sparks

How donor funding ignites a spark in students that will enable them to assess and address real-world problems—to become the leaders of tomorrow. 

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Poetic License

The Middle School Poetry Endowment Fund imbues Middle Schoolers with new confidence in their ability to express themselves.

3 Questions

Charis Drant (P’25 & ’27) wears many hats at Sidwell Friends School. Charis shared her motivations for serving in these capacities.

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Dear Friends,

We are excited to share with you this latest issue of Advancing Friends, the philanthropy newsletter of Sidwell Friends School. It’s always inspiring to read stories of how you are making a difference in the lives of Sidwell Friends students through your generosity—perhaps in ways you might not have imagined.

But this issue is special to us, because it features members of our community who are energizing the School’s comprehensive campaign through their giving and volunteerism.

You may already know that the School is in the early stages of its comprehensive campaign, where we are raising funds for two main purposes: to illuminate a brighter tomorrow for our students, and to build enduring financial strength for Sidwell Friends.

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Steve Bralove ’60

“As I reflected on our upcoming 60th reunion, I recalled the many wonderful teachers, coaches, and classmates in this supportive environment who allowed me to develop my character and beliefs. The impact Sidwell Friends can have on students today is no less meaningful than in 1960. I feel fortunate to be able to increase my support in this reunion year.”

Mike Jing (P’20)

“We give to maintain the excellence of a Sidwell education and to provide others with opportunities, so more students can afford to join the Sidwell Family, and more teachers can go to professional development programs.”

Belinda and Greg Nixon (P’17, ’23)

“We support Sidwell Friends because we value the School’s strong commitment to academic excellence, its endeavor to uphold Quaker values, and its attention to developing the whole child. That’s why we decided to make a campaign gift, and to help others make gifts that are meaningful to them.”

Wendy McGrath (P ’20, ’22)

“We feel overwhelmingly grateful for the exceptional experience our children are having in the Upper School: the thoughtfulness and care with which teachers celebrate effort and achievement, and the ways they encourage our children to reach for the next challenge. I am proud to be an Annual Fund volunteer for Sidwell Friends because I have confidence that the funds we raise are put to excellent use and significantly contribute to the school’s financial health.”


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More Donor Stories

Catching Up with Steven Bralove ’60

This past year, as he celebrated the 60th anniversary of his Sidwell Friends graduation, Steve shared memories of his experiences at the School and why he chose to make a new planned gift this year.

Confidence and Competence

How the Honorable Ann Winkelman Brown ’55 Ethical Leadership Program Fund gives bold, empathetic leaders a voice

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