Alumni Giving FAQs
Q: Why does Stevenson need donations?
Like all private schools, Stevenson relies on a partnership with donors for support. Parents, past parents, faculty, staff, friends, and alumni have, for generations, made Stevenson one of their philanthropic priorities. Because tuition does not cover the full cost of educating our students, gifts to the school help support the operating budget. Every Stevenson student benefits from a gift to the Annual Fund. Every dollar makes an immediate impact on the daily life of our students and faculty. The Annual Fund supports, among others, faculty enrichment, arts, athletics, student activities and financial aid.
Q: What will Stevenson do with my gift?
While you can direct your gift to the area of Stevenson that matters to you most, an unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund allows the school to direct your gift to their current area of greatest need. In 2017, the Alumni Scholarship Fund was established to allow all 5800+ alumni an avenue to directly support current students in need of financial assistance. It is a way to come together to honor our experience and help make that same journey possible for the next generation of Pirates.
Q: There are so many improvements on campus, doesn’t that mean the school has plenty of money?
Stevenson has many generous supporters. Campus improvements such as the new synthetic turf athletic or the almost completed second faculty duplex are not financed by tuition money or gifts to the Annual Fund. Such projects are supported 100% by focused fundraising campaigns. Stevenson is grateful to have strong partnerships with devoted donors who have the vision, passion and generosity that allows our campus and programs to continue to thrive.
Q: I don’t have a lot to give. Can I still make a big impact?
Every gift by a valued alumnus/a makes a big impact. All gifts add to the cumulative generosity of generations of Pirates and Pirate fans. Just imagine if every one of us gave. The effect would be staggering, both in dollars raised and unprecedented participation numbers. High participation numbers are a benchmark that donors use when deciding to make their own investment in our school. Therefore, your participation, helps us beyond measure. Any gift from an alumni is a nod of recognition to the transformative nature of their experience and a strong show of support for the next round of Pirates.