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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.

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MAKE YOUR GIFT

Thank You to Our
2019-2020 Donors

Seacrest Country Day School celebrates the generosity of each of our donors who supports our students with a philanthropic gift during the 2019-2020 school year. The unwavering generosity of our donors is an investment in each and every student and allows us to deliver Seacrest’s transformative learning experience. We are grateful to our donors for their contribution!

Total Giving Circles
Donors are listed by their total annual fund contribution to Seacrest during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Legacy Circle - $50,000+
Founders Circle - $25,000 to $49,999
Trustees Circle - $10,000 to $24,999
Leadership Lane Circle - $5,000 to $9,999
Head of School Circle - $2,500 to $4,999
Partners Circle - $1,000 to $2,499
Blue and Green Circle - $500 to $999
Friends Circle - $250 to $499
Stingray Club - up to $249

As an independent school, we depend on donations to the Seacrest Annual Fund to close the gap between tuition and operating costs and support virtually every area of school life including the arts, music, theater, athletics, science, student passion projects and programs, classroom supplies, class plays, special events, and tuition assistance. Contributions range from $10 to $100,000 and are from current parents as well as faculty and staff, board members, past parents, grandparents, alumni, businesses, corporate matches to employee contributions, and family foundations. Donations can be made at one time or on a monthly basis. No gift is too small, and every gift counts.

We thank the following donors:

Legacy Circle - $50,000+
 

Founders Circle - $25,000 to $49,999
 

Trustees Circle - $10,000 to $24,999
Mr. and Mrs. David Huber
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murray
Mr. and Mrs. Michael O'Hara

Leadership Lane Circle - $5,000 to $9,999
Vince and Dr. Deanna Barbaro*
Jeff and Trish Erickson
Dan Menelly
Bob and Susi Sebes
Nicole Soderlund*
Mr. and Mrs. John Worthington

 

Head of School Circle - $2,500 to $4,999
 

Partners Circle - $1,000 to $2,499
Anonymous
Tony and Sue Belisle*
Chris Celano '10
The de Asla Family*
Donato and Lynn DiNorcia*
Erin Duffy
Pierre and Debra Grilo*
Jennifer Murdock and Zachary Hussey*
Steve and Kelly Prue
Jason and Naomi Walden*

 

Blue and Green Circle - $500 to $999
Michael and Mary Louise Cunningham
Priscilla Glover*
The Grinsteins Family
Mark and Jennifer Marsala
Stuart and Stephanie Miller
The Mizwa Family*
Mark and Kristina Price*
Chad and Tyra Turner*

Friends Circle – $250 to $499
Eva Aspegren*
The Rucker Family*
Mario Mendoza
Dave Onorato and Nerea Lopez
C. Reed Rollins

Stingray Club - up to $249
Michelle Alfrey
Anonymous (6)
Anon Family
Paul and Katherine Arpin*
Milena Ayala
Barbara Barton
Rebecca Best
The Bluestein Family*
Dr. Joe Bord and Family
Bill and MaryZoe Bowden
Angela Brown-Burchett
Blake Burchett '16
Dylan Burchett '11
The Canada Family
Dr. Lois Carme
William Carufe
Steven and Pamela Caruso*
Jon and Alison Clayton*
Megan Clayton*
The Cunningham Family*
Jeanette Curvin
Terry Dalton
The Daugherty Family*
John Dial
Ridge Dulitz
Tim and Marty Durham
Jason and Meghan Easterly*
Carol Emerton
Michelle English
The Farrow Family
Jonathan and Amy Feins
Elizabeth Feins '13
Michael Foor '10
Kyle Foster
Christina Francis*
Peter and Jennifer Huy*
Susan Garwood
Owen Gemmer '15
Mike and Alecia Grandi*
George and Nicole Grech
Ryan and Abby Jobe*
Randy and Maria Klinck*
Nikki Kologlu-Clark
Michelle Leidy
Eduardo Lishner
Amyrose LoMele
Pedro Lopez
Brett and Simone Low*
Sylvie Lucki
Mike Manley
Stephan and Nancy Mazula
Lisa McLaughlin*
Dr. Debra Merwin
Jason and Christin Minder*
Judy Mitchell
Timothy and Heather Moore
The Myers Family*
Mike and Denise Nieman*
Kristin Norkeliunas
Deborah O'Hara
Jose and Antonia Ortiz
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Paxton*
Robert and Lisa Pearl*
Nicholas and Justyna Pohl*
Glenn and Dr. Lynne Powell
Karin Reinbold
Linda Rich
Bill and Caroline Richards*
Linda Russetto
Joe and Laura Ryan
Meghan and Abby Schimmel*
Howard and Amanda Sutton-Schott*
Hans Smelker
Dr. Caron Staples
The Timotheo Family*
Kelly Townsend
Jennifer Townsend*
Jaclyn Traina
Nancy Turner
Jason and Nicole Vishio*
Kimberly Walbert
Chris and Rae Young

* Denotes a current Seacrest family