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What is the John Hay Foundation?
What is the Annual Fund?
Don't you also have a fundraising auction?
Where does the money go?
I am the parent of a 5th grader. Why should I donate?
How much should I give?
I'm ready to donate...how do I do it?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
How do I get a company match?
What if I can't afford to give right now?
What's this about a weekly drawing?
What's this about a classroom participation prize? 

What is the John Hay Foundation? The John Hay Foundation is the non-profit organization that manages the funds raised by the John Hay Partners, your parent teacher organization. This group has committed to raising approximately $300,000 annually to cover the additional programs that make our school one of best elementary schools in Seattle. This year, due to the hardships of the pandemic, we have reduced our annual funding target to $250,000.  

What is the Annual Fund? Contributions to the Annual Fund help to close the gap that exists between district funding and the actual cost of a John Hay quality education. The caliber of the John Hay experience greatly depends on the resources available to the school. The Annual Fund helps ensure there are adequate resources every year to enhance and sustain John Hay's distinctive margin of excellence.   

Don't you also have a fundraising auction?
Yes. But frankly, there's nothing easier and with less overhead than a direct appeal campaign. Auctions are wonderful fundraising and community building events, and John Hay has an amazing auction which will take place in the spring and will be online, where we will raise the remainder of our goal for the year. The Annual Fund is really the ultimate no-bake bake-sale. You write a check and the entirety of your donation goes straight towards the support of our programs. In addition, it's 100% tax-deductible!  

Where does this money go?

Contributions to the John Hay Foundation directly support things like: extra teachers for student support and extension, reading, math, and early reading specialists, classroom supplies, community events (Field Day, Science Fair, Monster Mash), continuing education for teachers, and so much more! 

I am the parent of a 5th grader. Why should I donate? 
Simply put – Pay it forward! When your child joined Hay as an incoming Kindergarten student, they benefited from funds raised the previous year. Now, as an active part of the Hay community, it's your turn to pay it forward and help ensure the strength of this award winning school that has benefited your child and your family.  

How much should I give?
Our fundraising goal for all the events this year is $250,000, which comes to approximately $670 per child. Obviously some families are able to give more and some less, but ALL amounts are welcome and truly appreciated.  

I'm ready to donate...how do I do it?
The easiest way is to click the Donate button at the top of this page and make a one-time or monthly contribution
with PayPal funds or credit card. Alternatively, you can fill out the form that you receive in the mail and return it along with a check made out to John Hay Foundation. 

Mail to: 
John Hay Elementary, Attn: Annual Fund Drive,
201 Garfield Street, Seattle, WA 98109

If you need a new donation form, you can download it here. Or you can stop by the volunteer office to get one. If you have any trouble or questions, please contact us at info@johnhaypartners.org.  

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. John Hay Partners is a 503(c)(3) non-profit. Our tax ID number is 91-1699359  

How do I get a company match?
Company Matches are a HUGE deal for the Annual Fund. Microsoft, the Gates Foundation, Starbucks, and Boeing are just a few of the many generous employers that offer matching funds. Here is a link to our current list of matching companies. This list is not complete, so be sure to ask your company if they match.

If your employer offers a company match, please help us make your donation go farther by taking the time to apply for your company match. If you have coworkers who are also parents at John Hay, please encourage them to make the effort to secure the match. 

If you have questions or need help, email us at info@johnhaypartners.org and we'll help you complete your match. Be sure to specify that you are requesting a match for the John Hay Annual Fund.  

What if I can't afford to give right now?
We completely understand that this is a reality for many Hay families. Any amount you can give, no matter how small, is welcome. If you simply cannot give this year, that is truly okay. We would love it if you would simply fill out the participation form to give your student's class credit towards their classroom participation goal and to enter your students in our weekly drawing. And please consider signing up to volunteer, if you don't already, i.e. help with food delivery, host a Game Time club after school, assist with the spring auction planning, or join the PTO. We need all the help we can get!  


What's this about a weekly drawing?
Whether you make a donation or simply fill out the participation form, we'll enter your student(s) in the weekly drawing. Prizes include spirit wear and other goodies. Each week the forms will be updated with a joke of the week so your student can vote for their favorite punchline. The winners of the weekly drawing will be announced in Jaguar Tracks every Friday starting November 6th and then on November 13th and 20th. If you've already donated you can use the participation form to enter for the remaining weeks.  

What's this about a classroom participation prize?
The three classrooms with the highest number of participating families (meaning families that either made a donation or filled out the participation form, online or by mail), will win the prize. In past years the prize has been throwing water balloons at the assistant principal or duct taping the AP to the wall. This year we have to be more creative, due to social distancing, so be assured your student will LOVE it! We'll be officially announcing what the prize will be on November 6th. All participation from October 26th - November 20th counts towards your students classroom goal. 


If you have questions, please contact info@johnhaypartners.org. Thank you!
John Hay Partners