Endowments & Planned Giving

Endowments Are Forever

Created in 1983 to ensure Epiphany School’s long-term financial stability, our endowments provide a reliable, non-tuition-based income stream. Annuities earned from our endowments serve as a protection against major disasters and supply a source of funding for new ventures.

Your gifts have a lasting impact on Epiphany’s future because the principal remains intact forever — only 4-5% of earnings are generally used each year. Gifts to the school’s General Endowment offer the most flexibility. The Board of Trustees may direct use of these earnings to support the school as needed.

Gifts to General Endowment support:

  • Financial aid
  • Faculty Development
  • Arts Enrichment
  • Technology
  • Buildings and Campus Improvements
  • Learning Skills Program
  • Special Projects
  • Epiphany School is fortunate to have several named endowments. These funds were created to honor the legacies of former faculty and school heads, and to strengthen specific programs. We are grateful for the incredible generosity and thoughtfulness of our endowment donors. Your gifts really do last forever and help make Epiphany School the best it can be.

    Endowments may be created over a number of years or with a single gift. Generally, the minimum amount needed to fund an endowment is $100,000.

    Named Endowments:

    General Learning Skills
    Robert Spock Learning Skills
    General Learning Skills Scholarship
    Dorothy Griffin Learning Skills Scholarship
    Faculty Enrichment
    Financial Aid Endowment
    Willard Smith Buildings & Grounds
    General Buildings & Grounds
    Technology Fund
    Arts Fund
    Augustine Hall Maintenance
    George O. Edwards Faculty Enrichment

    Planned Giving for the Future

    Planned gifts are utilized by many people, not just the wealthy, to make a real difference to Epiphany School while leaving a lasting legacy. Planned gifts require some assistance from your professional financial advisor. Unlike cash donations, they typically come from assets in your estate rather than disposable income, and they come to fruition upon your death.

    The most common planned gift is a bequest in your will or living trust. Other planned gifts include:

    • Charitable Remainder Trust
    • Charitable Lead Trust
    • Endowment Fund
    • Retirement Plan Assets
    • Life Insurance Policies
    • Remainder Interest in Home

    Please consult your professional financial advisor to learn how to support Epiphany School’s mission with a planned gift, or contact Elizabeth O’Shea.

    Elizabeth O'Shea
    Director of Development
    Epiphany School
    (206) 720-7667

    Donor Privacy Policy

    Epiphany School is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Epiphany School's nonprofit tax identification number (EIN) is 23-701492.

    GATHER 2018 FAQs

    What is GATHER Epiphany?

    GATHER Epiphany is the school’s biennial FUNDraising and FUNraising event to raise money for Epiphany’s financial aid program. The success of this event allows us to build on the promise of making an Epiphany School education available to all those who are admitted. And finally, GATHER Epiphany is an opportunity to come together as a school community and enjoy one another’s company--all over delicious drinks and scrumptious eats, of course!

    Why financial aid?

    By offering financial aid, Epiphany School creates an accessible and inclusive learning community that benefits all families and students.

    How much are we raising for financial aid?

    Our goal is to net $200,000. Funds are raised through buy-ins (see below), auctioning-off two special items the evening of the event–an art piece created by all Epiphany School students, and the one-and-only reserved parking spot directly in front of Epiphany School–and our Raise the Paddle. All families will be asked to make a financial contribution by raising an auction paddle in support of Epiphany School.

    Who attends?

    Everyone! Our whole Epiphany School community–parents, faculty, staff, family and other friends–comes together for one evening each year so it’s the cocktail party not to be missed.

    What happens at GATHER?

    Amidst the fun, friends, and food, we will have a short but very special program, including:

    The auction of the All-School Art Masterpiece, the lucky winner of the bidding will go home with a one-of-a-kind original!

    Raise the Paddle, all for financial aid!

    The auction of the “Parking Spot of Your Dreams,” the chance to have one year of hassle free parking, directly in front of Spock Hall–Wow! You can’t imagine how this changes your daily routine.

    Did we mention the dancing? Yes, there will be dancing!

    What to wear?

    Seattle cocktail attire and as a nod to the 60th anniversary of Epiphany School, feel free to wear a touch of plaid if you desire.

    How do I RSVP?

    It’s easy and online! Tickets are $60.00 per person (faculty and staff will be free; their guests will be half-price) and include drinks, heavy appetizers, dancing, and a guaranteed good time. Tickets will go on sale in the last half of January through the GATHER Epiphany website at epiphanyschool.org/gather. Families receiving financial aid can obtain a discount on the ticket price. Details to come from the business office when tickets go on sale.

    What is a buy-in?

    “Buy-ins” are a group outing or themed party held in the months around GATHER Epiphany. You “buy in” (purchase tickets) to attend the event. These events are meant to be a fun, easy way to connect with other parents and families in the Epiphany School community. Buy-in sizes can range from 10 people to large groups (80-100) and can be anything from wine & cheese parties, to karaoke nights out, to pedicure parties for the hard-working mamas, to cooking classes for kids. The possibilities are endless! Buy-in tickets vary in price per person per event. Buy-ins will be advertised in advance and will go live for purchase in the weeks before our event, via the GATHER Epiphany website at epiphanyschool.org/gather. Watch your emails for more information about buy-ins.

    How can I get involved?

    All families are encouraged to attend, to take part by volunteering, purchasing buy-ins, and raising the paddle! Please email gather@epiphanyschool.org if you’d like to be part of the fun.

    Who hosts?

    Our hosts are current Epiphany School parents, who volunteer their time and lend their expertise and creativity to make this an evening to remember. The 2018 Leadership Team includes: Joanna Smith (Chair); Mandy Gandt, Wendy Guy & Nikki Putnam (Event Chairs) with Jane de Paolo (décor); Jessica Cantlin (All-School Art); Alicia Alberg & Lucy Wacksman (Technology); Hannah Wygal (Design); Vivian Cluett (Marketing/Communication); Rachel Greene & Jamie Lampitt (Buy-Ins); Ann Felton (Ambassadors); Shelly Hutcheson & Katharina Poad (Children’s Presence).

    What if I still have questions?

    Contact, Elizabeth O’Shea, Director of Development, at 206-720-7667 or eoshea@epiphanyschool.org or event chairs at gather@epiphanyschool.org.

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