2022-2023 Annual Fund
Seneca Academy relies upon and values the many ways our community contributes to our school development. We have a dedicated group of parents who volunteer their time virtually, in our gardens, and facilitating community activities. We have adults who share their talents by serving on committees, giving presentations to students, and connecting us with partners. And many families, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of Seneca Academy donate money by giving to the Annual Fund, attending our Annual Gala and Auction, and participating in other activities such as restaurant nights, book fairs, and raffles.
We are grateful for each and every contribution, big and small.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I volunteer my time or talent?
Thank you for asking! Due to the COVID-19 crisis, and pursuant to public health regulations, we regret that Seneca Academy has discontinued all in-school parent volunteering for the time being. Parents should communicate directly with their child’s classroom teacher regarding opportunities for volunteering in other ways. Parents who have backgrounds or interests that might be shared virtually with students on a small or large scale may also get in touch with their child’s classroom teacher, or may contact the office. In addition, the Seneca Academy Parent Association (SAPA) sponsors many events during the year that are assisted by parent time and enhanced by specific parent talents. Click here to volunteer with SAPA.
How can I donate my money?
Thank you for asking! The Seneca Academy Annual Fund is a yearly request for financial contributions from all members of our school community. The funds raised go directly to support the school’s operating budget. Requests for contributions begin in October and continue through the end of the school year.
In any given year, tuition revenue accounts for approximately 80% of Seneca Academy’s operating budget. Like most nonprofit independent schools, with the exception of those with an endowment, the remaining 20% comes from charitable contributions to Seneca Academy’s Annual Fund and the annual Auction and Gala.
How is the Annual Fund related to the operating budget?
Annual Fund donations support all aspects of the budget, including the cost of professional development, extracurricular programs, faculty benefits, and campus improvements. Donations cover the gap between tuition income and annual expenses.
Why doesn’t tuition cover the cost of learning at Seneca Academy?
Seneca Academy is committed to diversity and does not want tuition to be a barrier to families who wish to be a part of our community. The Board of Trustees and the Administration are committed to keeping tuition increases to a minimum.
Who participates in the Annual Fund?
Members of the entire Seneca Academy community participate in the Annual Fund. The school requests donations from current and past parents, trustees, faculty, grandparents, and friends from the community. The broad participation Seneca Academy enjoys from all these groups shows the widespread support for Seneca Academy’s mission.
Why is participation in the Annual Fund so important?
Meeting Seneca Academy’s budget needs requires contributions – of all sizes – from the entire community. In addition, the school seeks grants from foundations and non-profit organizations. These groups are more inclined to award grants to schools that have high participation levels. So whether you are giving $20 or $3,000, the most important part is that you are giving.
What is the difference between the Annual Fund and the Annual Auction and Gala?
As a member of the Seneca Academy community, you are likely to hear a lot of talk about both the Fund and the Gala. Both are important fundraising activities. The Annual Fund supports the general operating budget, while the annual Gala and Auction is a social evening of fun and giving to support tuition assistance, professional development, technology upgrades, and other miscellaneous items. Due to COVID-19 health regulations, the Annual Auction and Gala may be canceled, rescheduled, or modified to be an online event.
Does Seneca Academy accept matching gifts?
Yes! Seneca Academy is grateful to the many corporations that support the school through their generous matching gift programs. This kind of corporate support makes a significant contribution to Seneca as it can double or triple the size of your gift.
If you need more information on your employer’s matching gift program, we’d love to help! Click here to fill out an inquiry form.
How much should we give?
Our goal is 100% participation and your gift, no matter the size, will help us meet that goal. Donations to the Annual Fund typically range from $20 to $3,000. We ask each family to carefully consider what they may be able to give. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated and go directly to support school programs and services in the current year.
What other fundraising occurs at Seneca Academy?
The Administration and Trustees recognize the financial commitment every family makes to be a part of Seneca Academy and therefore do not continually ask them to participate in additional “fundraisers” during the year. At the beginning of the year our parents’ association, SAPA, collects a fee for every registered student. SAPA uses these funds to sponsor a variety of family activities throughout the year at no additional charge. In addition, they provide several events and activities throughout the year where proceeds from the event support the school. Examples of these activities include book fairs, restaurant nights, and no-uniform days. However, there is no requirement that families participate in any fundraising event or activity, other than the request of participation in the Annual Fund.
Circle Inc., d/b/a Seneca Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is fully tax-deductible.
Friends who Saved Seneca Academy
Lindsay Adams and David Almassian
Farooq and Sirosh Amin
Jorge Araujo and Randa Sab
E. Richard Atkinson
The Barshay Family
Kevin Bautista and Raenee Foronda
Nana & Poppy Bean, in honor of Samuel Bean
Suresh and Purnima Bhogavilli
The Boro Family
In honor of Lorin Burden
Brooke and Brian Carroll
The Celentano Family
Citizens Charitable Foundation
Jonathan Cohen and Carolyn Wolff
Matthew and Allison Cullinane
The Cuomo Family
Kinnar and Kinjal Dattani
In honor of Caleb McKnight and all students, teachers, and staff who have been part of his Seneca experience
Louis and Claire DePaolo
Robert and Nancy Dillman
Kate Pisano Dolak
The Escano Family
Shawn Batchelor and Jeffrey Escher
The Everson-Riley Family
Brendan and Katie Farr
Fidelity Charitable Donor Advised Fund
In honor of Colton and Peyton Fisher
Lynette Fruen, in honor of Nicole Foronda
Michael and Sue E. Green
Jennifer Grinnell, in honor of Caraline Hickman
Shernette Hall, in honor of her dad V. Hall
Pam and Scott Hauck
The Havrilesky Family
Mike and Barbara Havrilesky
Mel and Gretchen Helgeson
Jill and Steve Holmes
The Howard Family, in honor of Kristianna Howard
IBM International Foundation
Elizabeth Irvine, in honor of Bethany and Eli Beams
Sloane and Adalynn Johnson
Mitch, Irene, and Zoe Joy, in honor of all the amazing teachers and staff at Seneca Academy
Paul and Sara Keller
Luke Kirksey Demo
Tyler and Kristin Koop
The Kost Family
In honor of Maxwell Kost
Patricia Kost, in honor of Maxwell Kost
Christine Landoll, in honor of the Landoll Family and the impact Seneca has made
James and Dorothy Landoll
Ryan and Jennifer Landoll
Rebecca Landon, in honor of my mother Jan Landon, an educator, and helping to keep a good school in our cool neighborhood
David Lee and Jing Tao
Zac and Lisa Lipp
Jonathan and Christiana Lyons
Marti and Mike McAllister
John McKew and Margot Mays
The Martin-Knowles Family
Frankie and Leilani Micalizzi
In honor of the Moriarty Britt Family
Alan Nathanson, in honor of Sierra Dhawan
Shuayb, Meymuna, Dawud, Fariha, and Marwan Oweis
George and Zsuzsanna Petran
Bobby and Lauren Pollicino
Nancy Ponce de Leon, in honor of Melania and Roman Havrilesky
The Rotaru Family, friends of the Cullinane Family
The Rutherford Family
Robert J. Sadowsky, in honor of Nicole Foronda
Sue Ann Salimbene
David and Stacie Savor
Colin and Elizabeth Slovenkay
Susan St. John
Jodi and Paul Thurmond
Joe, Ann Marie, Max, and Annie Tolman
Patrick and Helen Trainor
Tim and Jen Vo
Alexander and Olga Walker
Jeannie and James Walker
Chris and Corinne Wallerstedt
Laura and Mike Wallerstedt
Marian Reid Walters
The Weber Family