Founder's Day for Scholars Giving Day 2024

$565,547
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111% of $500,000 goal
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This campaign ended on April 19, 2024, but you can still make a gift to Sidwell Friends School by clicking here!
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An Anonymous DonorBoard of Trustees Challenge #1 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $25,000

An Anonymous DonorBoard of Trustees Challenge #2 matched $1 for each $1 donated, donating a total of $35,000
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About

Our Annual Fundraiser in Support of Financial Aid

Founder’s Day for Scholars Giving Day is our annual fundraiser to support financial aid. Formerly called 48 Hours for Scholars and, before that, A Night for Scholars, this fundraiser 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 assistance to 23 percent of our students, and this would not be possible without your annual support. Your gifts strengthen and enrich the Sidwell experience for every student and help ensure that deserving students can pursue their full potential at Sidwell Friends. 


This year, Founder’s Day for Scholars Giving Day will take place on Wednesday, April 17, and our goal is $500,000. Our Founder’s Day for Scholars event will take place on Thursday, April 18, and it will be an in-person, ticketed community celebration. 

Founder’s Day has always been the one day each year when students from all three divisions come together in community. Now it’s your turn to join us and help us live our Quaker values. We look forward to your participation and we hope to see you at the event!

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


Check out our FAQs page for answers to common questions or assistance with making your gift. 

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We're jumping for joy!


We are overjoyed to share we have surpassed our goal of $500,000 for financial aid! We're excited to celebrate with the community at tomorrow's event. Thank you for helping us continue to offer the opportunity of a Sidwell Friends education to talented and deserving students! 

If you have not made your gift yet, there is still time to join in by clicking the "Make A Gift!" button above.

31 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
Athletic Director, John Square, expresses his gratitude. Go Quakers!

Help us cross the finish line! Only a few hours left!

Only hours remain to support Founder’s Day for Scholar’s Giving Day. There's still time to unlock the 3 divisional challenge goals by midnight tonight! We’re so grateful for our community’s generosity. Thank you for the outpouring of support! Go Quakers!


31 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
A Message from Upper School Principal, Mamadou Guèye!

Upper School Principal, Mamadou Guèye, shows his gratitude to our community for supporting Founder's Day for Scholars!

31 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
New Alumni Challenge Posted!

Sidwell Alumni were quick to unlock their first $5,000 challenge. Are you up to the next challenge??

If 50 more alumni make a gift by midnight TONIGHT, another anonymous alum will donate an additional $5,000!

31 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
A Message from Lower School Principal, Adele Paynter!

Today has been a great success so far, and we’re grateful for our community’s generosity! Lower School Principal, Adele Paynter, shares a special heartfelt message with the community about the positive impact your gifts create.


31 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham
It’s Officially Founder’s Day for Scholars Giving Day!


We’re so excited we can barely contain ourselves! Join us and support student financial aid, today!

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

We are currently almost halfway to our goal! Gifts of all sizes are vital to sustaining Sidwell Friend’s mission of providing a world-class education rooted in Quaker values.

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

31 days ago by Sarah L. Fordham

Current Parent Division Challenge LeaderboardThis leaderboard tracks current parent participation to unlock $5,000 challenge gifts for each division! Donations from parents with students in multiple divisions will be counted in each division total.
DivisionDonorsGoal (Donors)
Upper School84100
Middle School62100
Lower School84100
Alumni Challenge LeaderboardThis leaderboard tracks alumni participation to unlock the two $5,000 challenge gifts!
AffiliationDonorsGoal (Donors)
Alumni157100
Current Parent by Grade LeaderboardDonations from parents with students in multiple grades will be counted in each class total.
Current Parent OfDonors
203220
203111
202622
203516
203316
202422
202818
202726
203015
202924
203626
202527
203710
203412
Alumni by Graduation Year Leaderboard
Class YearDonors
1979 (Reunion)17
19620
20230
19671
20053
20017
19510
20080
19480
19560
19901
19660
19926
20150
1994 (Reunion)5
19612
19470
20220
19700
19552
19965
19864
1964 (Reunion)2
1944 (Reunion)0
19803
1949 (Reunion)1
20121
19530
19883
2004 (Reunion)1
1959 (Reunion)1
20134
20023
19854
19682
19833
19824
19460
1999 (Reunion)0
20210
19582
19951
19974
19754
19732
1989 (Reunion)2
20113
2014 (Reunion)0
19984
19500
1974 (Reunion)3
2019 (Reunion)1
19876
20072
20161
20103
20036
19911
19932
2009 (Reunion)6
19571
19652
19811
1969 (Reunion)1
20172
19781
19602
19763
19711
20001
20201
19771
1984 (Reunion)2
19720
19630
20060
19520
1954 (Reunion)0
20180
19450
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Donor Affiliations
Parent icon21%Lower School Parents
Gradhat icon15%Middle School Parents
Parent icon21%Upper School Parents
Gradhat icon38%Alumni
Friends icon19%Parents of Alumni
Parent icon7%Grandparents
Friends icon3%Friends
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