Founded in 1994, Puget Sound Community School (PSCS) is a small, independent middle and high school located in the Chinatown-International District of downtown Seattle. PSCS is committed to co-creating a brave space for community-centered education, critical curriculum, student choice, accountability, and thoughtful collaboration.
What that means
PSCS centers the experiences of our students, families, staff, AND our surrounding communities. This effort creates a responsive, compassionate environment for us all—one which allows young people to be immersed in an educational experience with highly engaged, multi-skilled adults, each of whom are more holistically supported in creating actual work/life balance, and in creating systemic change in other local communities and organizations.
Why We Fundraise
Contributions allow us offer tuition aid to families that need it and to re-grow a sustainable reserve for unforeseen environmental impact, like say, a global pandemic.
In order to offer tuition assistance to the PSCS 28% of families who rely on it, we must fundraise. Tuition pays overhead and program costs, but does not cover unforeseen expenses, tuition aid, or program aid throughout a school year.
How You Can Help
For many families, independent education is a hardship or at least a not-easy-ship. In order to equitably support students and families, we seek participation from those who can afford it, at levels that are not a difficulty.
28% of current families received more than $100,000 in aid for the 2021-22 school year. We believe that everyone benefits from an economically diverse school, whether you receive aid or not.
Where It All Goes
95% (or more) of unrestricted annual gifts are allocated directly to fund Tuition Aid. This percentage fluctuates slightly, based on the number of qualified applicants each year. What isn't is allocated toward tuition, funds program aid throughout the year so we don't nickel and dime our families during the school year. These include unplanned activities and events, unforeseen economic hardship for families, as well as individual student opportunities as they occur.
PSCS $$ Goal
The PSCS Annual Giving goal is roughly 10% of our operating budget. We aim to raise $100K by the end of any given calendar year. The PSCS fiscal year is July 1-June 30 and we run campaigns until we meet that goal. Pledges (to be paid later in the school year) and recurring monthly gifts are counted toward our final budget.
Ways to Give:
Personal checks can be made out to PSCS and dropped off or mailed to 660 S. Dearborn Street, Seattle, WA 98134.
When utilizing this option, please download our Broker's Instructions and forward to your preferred representative.
Please also alert our Director of School Operations that a gift of stock is being transferred. Include the name of the stock owner, the full name(s) to be recognized for the gift, today's date, and the intended donation amount.
Many businesses offer matching gift programs to encourage employee giving (sometimes even retired employees). Matching gifts can double the impact of your gift. Please check to see if your employer offers a matching gift (Bc3, Microsoft, Google, F5Networks, Starbucks, CDKGlobal, Honeywell, Adobe, Symetra, Boeing, Costco, GE, Pfizer...).
At PSCS a leadership gift is defined as a gift of $1,000 or more by a particular constituency (Alumni, Current Parents, Grandparent, etc) and is meant to inspire others to donate as well.
Leadership gifts can be made in the form of cash, check, or EFT. If you are interested in making a leadership gift, please contact our Director of Community Engagement.
In Honor Of:
Consider supporting PSCS, while also honoring an alum, a facilitator, or a particularly meaningful member of your community, by making a contribution in their name.
When an In Honor Of... gift is received (online or by check), the Development Office credits the gift accordingly—most often in the donor's official acknowledgement and in our yearly Gratitude Report.