Gala Dinner and Auction
This annual event is a wonderful way to connect with the Friends School community and raise funds for our school and educational programs. Proceeds for the gala will be dedicated to a variety of needs including, the renovation of the school’s playground, scholarship fund, outdoor STEAM lab, new curriculum, and professional development for faculty and staff.
There are many opportunities to get involved, and we welcome you to join us!
Become a volunteer
The auction is a great way to build a stronger Friends community. We encourage you to match your talent and expertise to one of the many tasks involved in planning and executing the gala.
In order for our silent and live auctions to be a success we need the donations of items or services. We challenge all of our families to participate in the procurement process. All you need to do is drop off the procurement packet at your favorite establishments and ask for their support. The procurement packet is available for download on this page, or by visiting the Friends School Office. Should you need some suggestions for items to procure, a “Suggested Donations” sheet is available for download. Gifts, gift cards, services, experiences and vacation homes are some of the ways you can help make our silent and live auctions a success. For more information, please contact Wesley Spencer, Director of Advancement. No item or service is too small or too large!
Become a supporter
We are seeking support for the 2018 Gala Dinner & Auction through the purchase of event sponsorships and advertisements in the auction catalog. On this page you will find several forms related to Sponsorships and advertisements. Both sponsors and advertisers will be acknowledged on gala promotional material, during the gala, as well as, in the auction catalog, and on our new website. For more information, please contact Wesley Spencer, Director of Advancement.
This event is the school’s largest fundraiser of the year. The proceeds from the evening allow us to maintain our standards for academic excellence, fellowship, and continued programmatic growth. Please check back for information on the 2018 Gala Dinner and Auction.
In February of 2018, FSL will host our Annual Friendship Breakfast. This breakfast is a time for the school’s supporters, families, friends and alumni to come together and learn about all the exciting opportunities that Friends School has to offer. The breakfast includes brief testimonials from Friends School families, alumni and students, as well as an information session hosted by Kristina D. Christensen, Head of School, and the Chairman of the Friends School Board of Directors. This event is also a good time to invite new guests to come learn about the amazing work taking place at Friends School. We hope everyone can join us for a morning of great food, inspiring stories, and fellowship.
If you are interested in being a Friendship Breakfast Sponsor, please refer to the packet below.
Student Art Show & Auction
Last May, FSL was pleased to host our inaugural Student Art Show & Auction in partnership with Studio Works by Zoom Group. This May, we are excited to present our Second Annual Student Art Show & Auction. Friends school is fortunate to have so many creative student artists, and we are excited to display their talents to the community at large. In partnership with Studio Works by Zoom Group, our student artists will be hard at work this school year making amazing pictures, sculpture, pottery, and photography to be displayed for one month at the Studio Works Gallery. The Student Art Exhibition will conclude with an Art Auction to be hosted at the Studio Works Gallery. All proceeds from the Art Auction will go to support the Friends School Annual Fund.
The Annual fund at Friends School supports the development of new programs, purchasing of new curriculum, and professional development. The Annual Fund is a critical component of the school’s fiscal health.
The commitment of our faculty and staff, generous donors, and volunteers ensures that these principles remain at the core of what we do at Friends School. Our students will inherit a lifelong love of learning, compassion for others, and a commitment to fairness and equality.
Gifts to the Annual Fund support the following opportunities
- financial aid, which promotes access and affordability
- the daily cost of teaching and learning- costs which, as at independent schools across the country- exceed the amount covered by tuition
- Faculty professional development, which helps our exceptional teachers continue to bring fresh skills and knowledge to the classroom
- Improvements to the physical plant.
We thank all of our annual fund supporters. Your generosity allows FSL to provide a progressive education to our students, while affirming your commitment to FSL’s mission.
Capital Campaign Planning
At FSL, we recognize the increasing demands and expectations of modern society, and are committed to meeting the needs of our students in order to prepare them for the challenges ahead. In the last several years, FSL has crafted our long- range vision and master plan. The school is in the leadership phase of capital campaign planning for the funding objectives identified through strategic planning. Gifts for the Annual Fund, Student Scholarship Program, and the endowment are our current priorities.
Alumni, parents, and friends who are interested in learning more about how they can have an impact on achieving the school’s strategic goals should contact the Advancement Office.
planned or deferred gifts
With a planned or deferred gift, you can support FSL’s efforts to provide student financial aid, hiring and training of the highest quality faculty and staff, research and development of innovative educational opportunities, and improvements to the physical plant.
Donors can enjoy significant tax and income benefits through planned and deferred giving. If you would like to learn more about including FSL in your estate plans, or discuss options for planned and deferred giving, please contact the Advancement Office.
Independent Schools are faced with an ongoing challenge of filling the gap between the actual cost of educating a student and the cost of tuition. At FSL, tuition covers only 75% of the cost to educate a child-- the remaining 25% must be raised through donations or covered by the school’s operating budget. Friends School has developed an initiative aimed at closing this critical gap through an online giving campaign and a series of specialized programs and events.
For more information on this initiative or for a list of events to support Fund-A- Scholar please contact the Advancement Office.
Endowments are the lifeblood of a non-profit organization, ensuring fiscal sustainability of the program in perpetuity. Gifts of all kinds may be designated as a long-term investment through an endowment. Endowed gifts create a permanent legacy for scholarships, helping generations of students attend FSL, or providing an endowed faculty position to attract the best educators. Endowed programs assure the availability of resources for the most current and effective programs to promote academic success. Endowments represent the legacy of benevolent donors who invest for long-term growth, sustaining in a personal way their values and ideals about the importance of education.
If you have an idea for a gift that will live for generations to come, please contact the Advancement Office.
Share your time and talent by becoming a volunteer—the perspective you can offer provides students special access and insight to your life experiences. Active participation takes many different forms. We encourage and welcome you to volunteer in the classrooms, to serve on the Board of Directors, work special events, lead afterschool activities, or assist the Parent Volunteer Organization
Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO)
As a family cooperative, all parents are members of the school's Parent Volunteer Organization, and we strongly encourage parental participation in the PVO program. PVO helps strengthen the feeling of community we nurture at Friends School, and gives parents an opportunity to take ownership in the success and wellbeing of the school’s program.
PVO plays a critical role in fundraising and friend making for the school. Events led by the PVO raise needed resources for the school’s annual fund, which supports daily operations, scholarship programs, purchasing of new curriculums and classroom supplies, as well as professional development for the faculty and staff. PVO members are also ambassadors for the school’s mission, and occasionally will be asked to go out into the community on behalf of Friends School to work information booths at local festivals, conferences, and community gatherings.
PVO Events & Volunteer Opportunities
Next 2 New Sale (School wide rummage sale)
Trunk or Treat
Annual Gala & Auction (Class Baskets)
Great Thanksgiving Day Feast
Cash Back Programs
Student Art Show & Auction
Special Person’s Day
Currently we are in need of volunteers to full these positions. The PVO meets the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings take place at Friends School from 7:30am-9:30am. Agendas for each meeting will be posted to the PVO section of the website one week prior to the meeting date. PVO officers are responsible for the planning and execution of school events in cooperation with administrators. Please be advised that as a PVO officer you may be required to attend additional committee meetings before or after school hours. Serving as a PVO officer is an excellent way to get to know Friends School better, and help support your child’s school community.