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Giving

Annual Giving

A culture of giving is at the heart of a great educational institution.

Just as we ask our students to engage in their experience here at Seacrest, we also ask each member of our community to play an active role in delivering our mission. Because independent schools such as Seacrest operate without government funds, it is important to raise additional money each year, apart from tuition, to continue offering our students an exceptional learning environment. In addition to tuition, parents, alumni, grandparents, friends, community partners and outside constituents are asked to invest in the growth and enhancement of Seacrest through annual giving and special events.

We ask you to make annual giving to Seacrest's Annual Fund a top philanthropic priority each year. Gifts to the Annual Fund support Seacrest’s operating budget, ensuring our students continue to receive an educational experience that will prepare them for the future. To learn more about the Seacrest Annual Fund, why you should give, and the impact your gift makes, visit The Annual Fund page.

Making your gift to Seacrest is easy. We graciously accept:

  • Cash, check, or credit card donations
  • Wire Transfers
  • FACTS account
  • Matching Gifts
  • Appreciated Securities – This is a popular alternative way to give a cash gift because it avoids capital gains tax on securities held long-term and provides an income tax deduction equal to the fair-market value at the date of transfer. If you would like to use this option, please contact Eva Aspegren, Director of Development at easpegren@seacrest.org .

Your charitable and tax-deductible contribution to the Annual Fund supports faculty and staff salaries, professional development, programs, campus maintenance and improvements, tuition assistance and more. We are grateful for your support!

In addition to monetary gifts, our active parent body graciously gives their time to a number of activities and events on campus. Seacrest would not be the inclusive and exciting community it is without the participation of our families in the lives of their children and the life of our school. The information below will help introduce you to some of the inherent differences and the particular responsibilities of independent school parents.

The Annual Fund

An annual fund at most private, independent schools serves as the foundation of giving. Each year, schools rely on unrestricted annual fund contributions to provide special resources for students and faculty that support educational initiatives not covered by tuition alone.

Seacrest Country Day School’s Annual Fund is the school’s top fundraising priority each year because it directly supports the school’s mission and shows our dedication to our greatest assets – amazing students and outstanding teachers.

Make your gift to the Seacrest Annual Fund today to make a difference!

The unrestricted funds raised each academic year enable Seacrest to:

  • Provide outstanding, creative, unique and excellent academic education focusing on relevant foundational skills, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning and creative problem solving.
  • Attract and retain dedicated, passionate and highly-skilled teachers who are involved in all aspects of our students’ life including sports, clubs, after-school programs, advisory, leadership and mentor support.
  • Offer small class sizes, mixed-grade project experiences, cross-curricular integration and one-on-one attention.
  • Deliver inspiring, hands-on and meaningful learning experiences that involve students, teachers, community partners, and often parents, too.
  • Create dynamic and unique programs including all-school creative inquiry projects on current and relevant issues (such as red tide and water quality in Southwest Florida, or our national award-winning Robotics program)
  • Combine fine arts, creative and visual arts, performing arts and digital arts and technology into a one-of a kind Art Program that delivers student-driven projects such as our annual Fashion Show, Jamfest Talent Show, Art in the Park, Sidewalk Chalk Art, Middle and Upper School musicals, holiday concerts and more.
  • Develop multi-curricular athletes in our unique Athletics program that focuses on a balanced approach to academics and sports, team and individual development, and leadership development.
  • Enable access to and inclusion of a growing family of mission-appropriate students through our robust tuition assistance program
  • Maintain a welcoming, clean, spacious, friendly and vibrant campus and grounds– a home away from home for our students, teachers, staff and families and our community.

The Annual Fund enables Seacrest to sustain our current offerings as well as continually build for the future and ensure our legacy.

The Seacrest Annual Fund is open to receive gifts throughout the academic year (July 1-June 30). Make your gift today to make a difference!

Volunteering

A truly inclusive community, Seacrest derives its strength from the people who comprise our family. The generosity of our community through monetary donations and through the gift of volunteerism enables us to continue to offer a unique education that can only be found at Seacrest. Parents are encouraged to be present on campus, and are given many opportunities to volunteer in and out of the classroom. In addition to assisting with special events, the Seacrest Parent Association is a great resource for parents wanting to contribute to their child's school.

Special Events

Seacrest hosts two major fundraisers throughout the year- the Auction and the Stingray Golf Tournament. Celebrate Seacrest-Annual Auction is an exciting event designed to bring together our community in one evening of fun, in support of our School. A live and silent auction, fund a need, sponsorships, donations and ticket sales are ways in which families, individuals and businesses can participate.

The Stingray Golf Tournament is the athletic department's primary fundraiser. Held each year at a beautiful course in Naples, the tournament raises money to support our student-athletes and coaches.

End of Year Giving

Make your year-end, tax-deductible gift to Seacrest Country Day School, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and make a lifelong impact on in the lives of our students, teachers and mission-driven institution!

View the 2016-2017 Annual Report (included in the Seacrest Magazine).

Capital Giving

Occasionally Seacrest may embark on a capital campaign, asking parents to make a restricted gift to the building or renovating of facilities. Capital campaigns are exciting times for the school as strategic campus planning is realized and achieved, offering our students better and more up-to-date spaces and resources to learn. In addition to the Annual Fund, parents are encouraged to participate in capital giving for each year of the campaign.

Planned Giving

Supporters of Seacrest Country Day School can choose to plan their giving through recurring gifts or legacy giving. Recurring gifts are an easy and convenient way of establishing your annual fund gift for multiple years. The Development Office will work with you to provide Seacrest with a reliable source of funding year after year.

Legacy gifts are the ultimate dedication to our school. Planned giving involves providing for Seacrest in your financial and estate plans. Bequests, trusts, retirement fund gifts, life insurance, real estate and stock are all mediums in which planned gifts can be made.

Restricted Giving

A restricted gift is a donation of money, goods or services directed to a specific area or for a specific purpose, outside of the operating budget. This includes scholarship, equipment or materials, and more. If you are interested in making a restricted gift, contact Eva Aspegren, Director of Development at easpegren@seacrest.org.

Corporate Match Gifts

Many corporations sponsor matching gift programs that will match charitable contributions made by the employee. These programs are a great way for companies to support education and a chance for your gift to be doubled, or even tripled. If you have questions regarding corporate match gifts, contact Eva Aspegren, Director of Development at easpegren@seacrest.org.



MAKE YOUR GIFT

Thank You to Our
2018-2019 Annual Fund Donors

This report gratefully acknowledges gifts received between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this report. Please send any errors to poconnor@seacrest.org.

Leadership Giving Circles
Generous gifts exceeding $1,000 are considered Leadership Gifts and are critical to the success of The Seacrest Annual Fund.

Legacy Circle - $25,000+
Trustees Circle - $10,000+
Head of School Circle - $7,500+
Founders Circle - $6,000+
Stingrays Circle - $3,000+
1983 Society - $1,983+
Leadership Lane Circle - $1,000+
Blue and Green Circle - $500+
Friends Circle - Up to $499

Legacy Circle
Tom and Susan Murray

Trustee Circle
David and Debra Huber
Juliana Meek '95
Michael and Nancy O'Hara
John and Angelika Schmieding*
Bob and Susi Sebes
John and Kris Worthington

Stingrays Circle
Jay Bridgers and Soofia Khan*
Carol Hastings and Patrick Fitzgerald
Dan Menelly

1983 Society
Broader Family

Leadership Lane Circle
Anonymous*
Chris Celano '10
Dr. Richard and Kyla de Asla*
Panache and Jan Desai*
Giallombardo-Theel Family
Grilo Family*
Robert and Mariann MacDonald
Manierre Family*
Miller Family*
Nassif Family*
Anthony and Ashley Solomon*
Timmerman Family*
Tucker Family*
Turner Family*

Blue and Green Circle
Bender Family
Steven and Pamela Caruso*
Erin Duffy
Florida Elite Basketball
Noel Harrington
Stuart and Stephanie Miller
Tom and Robin Mizwa*
Plumb Family*
Purtle Family*
Reinhold and Mary Schmieding
Rikki Townsend '12
Walden Family*

Friends Circle
Affordable PetCare Hospital
Michelle Alfrey*
Nancy Amos
Anonymous
Arthrex
Eva Aspegren*
Ron and Julie Aspegren
Milena Ayala
Barbara Barton
Julia Basile '16
Sean Bennett and Amyrose LoMele
Jesse and Sandy Bernstein
Rebecca Best
Julie Bigelow
Brett Boreham '15
Rob and Jenny Boreham*
Dr. Joseph Bord
Angela Brown-Burchett
Bill and MaryZoe Bowden
Blake Burchett '16
Dylan Burchett '11
Tyler Burchett '14
Bill Carufe
Cassano Family*
Madison Cilk '16
Alison Clayton*
Jeanette Curvin
David and Claudia D'Alessandro*
Jerry and Terry Dalton
Tyler and Patchi Daugherty*
Karen Eldred
DiNorcia Family*
Marty and Tim Durham
Carol Emerton
Michelle English
Farrow Family
Adam Feins '21
Anna Feins '15
Elizabeth Feins '13
Jonathan and Amy Feins*
Oliver Feins '15
Michael Foor '10
Frizza Family*
Susan Garwood
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Goebel*
Grandi Family*
George and Nicole Grech
Shanon Greenfield
Mark Hogan and Patricia Harper
David Hastings '10
Mark Hastings '14
Hopfinger Family*
Peter and Jennifer Huy*
Hynes-Gallagher Family*
Ryan Jobe and Abby Krembs*
Johnson Family*
Chris Keeler
Kindergarten Friend
Penny Kline*
Randy and Maria Klinck
Jorge and Donna Marie Laureano
Lauritsen Family
Adison Lax
Eduardo Lishner
Pedro Lopez
Sylvie Lucki
Diana Macián, MD
Mike Manley
Mark and Jennifer Marsala
Mr. and Mrs. Stephan Mazula
Megan McCombs
Mario Mendoza
Debra Merwin
Raymond and Florence Micheline
Christin Minder
Heather Moore
Cy and Claudia Morris*
John and Patti Mulligan
Marissa Murray '17
Myers Family*
Mike and Denise Nieman*
Kristin Norkeliunas
Barbara Oakley
O'Bryon Family*
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher O'Connell*
Tricia O'Connor*
Jose and Antonia Ortiz
Ryan and Heidi Overman*
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paxton*
Pediatric Dentistry of Naples
Larry and Cindy Pivacek*
Nicholas and Justyna Pohl*
Linda A. Rich
Will and Teresa Rucker*
Rustice Family*
Joe and Linda Ryan
Sandra Sahli*
Dan and Kellie Salain*
Cody Satinsky
David and Debi Schimmel
Meghan and Abby Schimmel*
Doc and Mary Simonovsky
Howard and Amanda Sutton-Schott*
Jennifer Townsend*
Jason and Nicole Vishio
Kim Walbert
Jeff and Cindy Weir*
Russ and Jamie Wheeler*
Chris and Rae Young
Charles and Gail Zimmer
Jeffrey and Judith Zwicker

* Denotes a current parent