Founder's Day for Scholars

$592,897
Donated
131% of $450,000 goal
402
Donors
This campaign ended on April 18, 2023, but you can still make a gift to Sidwell Friends School by clicking here!
About


Our Annual Fundraiser in Support of Financial Aid


Founder’s Day for Scholars, hosted on April 18, is an annual fundraiser to support financial aid. Formerly called 48 Hours for Scholars and, before that, A Night for Scholars, this day of giving encourages our community to continue its support of a financial aid program that is one of the most generous in the Washington DC area. Sidwell Friends School provides financial support for 21 percent of our students, and we can do that only with your annual support, which provides the foundation we need to meet our goals and live our values.

Today we ask that you:

1. GIVE: First and foremost, please make your gift! Click the "Give Now!" button and make an impact with your own generous gift to support financial aid. 

2. SHARE: Help us spread the word by becoming an Advocate for Founder’s Day for Scholars. Click “Become an Advocate” above to create an account. Your messages will help inspire our community. 

Take any—or all!— of the steps below to become an Advocate. (View Advocate Toolkit)

  • Share the campaign with your network using the links above. 
  • Create a match or a challenge gift to motivate fellow Sidwell Friends community members.
  • Upload a personalized video to encourage others to join you in supporting the campaign

Thank you for your support of financial aid at Sidwell Friends!

Please visit our FAQs for answers to common questions and assistance with making your gift.

Leadership
Updates
Founder's Day for Scholars raised over $585,000!!

We did it! We have surpassed our goals and expectations. THANK YOU to everyone who supported Founder’s Day for Scholars. Together, we raised over $585,000 for student financial aid! The Sidwell Friends community came together to support the School through philanthropy and spirit. 

Founder’s Day for Scholars is all about supporting our students, and we are grateful to everyone who participated and made it so special. We look forward to celebrating this tradition for years to come. Thank you for all that your generous support makes possible at Sidwell Friends School.

231 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
Help us cross the finish line! Only a few hours left!

We are overjoyed to share we have raised our initial goal of $350,000 from approximately 300 donors! Inspired by this outpouring of support, we invite our community to help us achieve a challenge goal of raising $450,000 by the end of today. 

Thank you for helping us continue to offer the opportunity of a Sidwell Friends education to talented and deserving students!

231 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
​You are truly making a difference!

We are 87% of the way to our goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. You are truly making a difference in the lives of our students.

Thank you for choosing to support Sidwell Friends students on Founder’s Day for Scholars!!

232 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
Join us and support student financial aid, today!


Fun facts about financial aid:

  • Gifts of all sizes are vital to sustaining Sidwell Friend’s mission of providing a world-class education rooted in Quaker values.
  • Sidwell Friends has one of the most generous financial aid programs in the Washington DC area.
  • Every year Sidwell Friends provides more than $8 million in financial aid and the average award given is $32,000.
  • 21 percent of families at Sidwell Friends receive financial aid.

232 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
It’s officially Founder’s Day for Scholars!


It’s officially Founder’s Day for Scholars! We are currently over halfway to our goal, and we’re so excited we can barely contain ourselves!

Let’s keep the excitement going and share this campaign with your network.

A special thanks to our amazing sponsors, donors, and advocates for leading the way!

232 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham

Alumni Leaderboard
Class YearDonorsRaised ($)
19943$6,100
19664$1,400
20052$200
19643$2,030
19540$0
19450$0
20012$5,025
19530$0
19492$850
19580$0
19430$0
20221$25
19963$10,125
20001$100
20041$100
19893$2,000
19910$0
19721$1,500
19883$1,150
20072$400
19872$967
19670$0
20060$0
19521$50,000
19695$1,298
19842$5,100
19732$350
19743$5,140
20034$900
19772$200
19864$600
19982$200
20095$2,400
19854$20,450
19974$7,008
19560$0
20022$10,060
19763$700
19781$50
19510$0
20080$0
20101$25
20171$100
19440$0
19460$0
19590$0
19801$1,000
20120$0
19991$20
20150$0
19700$0
19953$1,100
19571$100
19682$1,040
19710$0
19623$2,200
20130$0
19650$0
19932$10,500
19550$0
20192$273
19792$200
20141$45
20112$70
19480$0
19900$0
19611$100
19922$4,100
19631$100
19753$375
19602$5,015
20180$0
20210$0
19831$250
20161$100
19821$1,000
19470$0
20201$50
19811$250
19501$50
Current Parent Leaderboard
Student Class YearDonorsRaised ($)
203410$21,150
20368$7,050
203518$25,575
202624$27,550
202523$59,370
203116$18,775
202418$51,850
203220$38,426
202920$57,052
203019$49,450
202727$109,676
202813$21,550
203312$23,200
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Donor Affiliations
Parent icon46%Current Parents
Gradhat icon30%Alumni
Friends icon22%Parents of Alumni
Parent icon7%Grandparents
Suitcase icon11%Faculty/Staff
Friends icon5%Friends
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