Fundraising » Annual Fund


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 $400,000 annually to cover the additional programs that make our school one of best elementary schools in Seattle.

What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund was new to John Hay last year and was a terrific success. Previously, we had several fundraisers attached to events throughout the year, but due to feedback from our families, we decided to simplify things.

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.

We have two goals: raising $100,000 and 100% parent participation, at any donation level. Even if you can't give, please return your form as every classroom with 100% of forms returned, at any level, will receive an extra recess.

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 on March 10, 2018, 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, school counselor, classroom supplies, community events (Field Day, Science Fair, Monster Mash), continuing education for teachers, safety, library books, art supplies, tech equipment, special education, P.E. equipment, planning for the new playground, 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 $400,000. That comes out to about $800 per child to be raised. With that in mind, we listed a suggested donation for the Annual Fund of $250 per student. 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 fill out and return the form that came home in your child's red folder. It came with a return envelope, so you can fill out your info, enclose a check, and put it right back in your child's folder. 

If you would rather use a credit card, you can simply click on the donation button at the top of this page. 

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 Lynn Baker at lybaker@seattleschools.org.

Once you donate, will you help us spread the word? 
Download this WE'RE ALL IN! sign and take a photo of you and/or your family holding it. Let us know why you supported our campaign and we'll share it on our Facebook page. Thank you so much for supporting John Hay!!   

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! Your donation is 100% tax-deductible. John Hay Partners is a 503(c) 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 Lynn Baker at lybaker@seattleschools.org  and she can 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. Please remember to simply return the form in your child's folder so we can still have 100% participation. And consider signing up to volunteer, if you don't already. We need all the help we can get! 


What's this about an extra recess?
As we've said, we are aiming for 100% participation. Each classroom that has 100% of their forms returned (or online gifts made) will receive an EXTRA RECESS. This is not tied to the amount given, or require that anything be given at all, just that we've heard from all families. Additionally, those classes will have the opportunity to throw water balloons at Assistant Principal Berkenwald during their extra recess. 



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