All Gifts Make a Difference!
The Annual Fund plays a vital role in the health and growth of independent schools around the world, including FASPS. As part of the school’s budget, the Annual Fund helps make up the difference between what tuition covers, and the actual cost of providing an exceptional bilingual education for all our students. Your participation in the 2023-2024 Annual Fund helps make our school more accessible by providing the quality and diversity of educational experiences that our children thrive on. This year, our goal is to raise $375,000 to support institutional costs like enhanced programming, staffing, an additional campus space, special guest speakers, professional development opportunities, and so much more! Along with that financial goal, we seek to reach 100% community participation in support of the Annual Fund, and we need your help to get there! We hope you will consider making a pledge or donation in support of our thriving FASPS community.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the Ways To Give?

    • You can make a donation or pledge by filling out our Giving Form. Pledges will be counted now towards our Annual Fund total but can be paid any time prior to June 30, 2024. 
    • To make a gift to the Annual Fund by check or cash, please make the check out to The French American School of Puget Sound and mail it to:
    The French American School of Puget Sound
    ATTN: Development Office
    3795 East Mercer Way
    Mercer Island, WA 98040
    • If you would like to make a stock gift, please reach out to Debbie Baxter at (206) 275-3533 ext. 281 or email debbieb@fasps.org
  • What are the details of the 2023–2024 Annual Fund campaign?

    In 28 years, thanks to the amazing efforts of a dedicated community, we have developed the most comprehensive, harmonized, and successful bilingual program in the area.
    The Annual Fund plays an essential role in ensuring we have the resources to provide our students with what they need to reach their full potential. At a time when our expenses have increased sharply with investments, revenue from the Annual Fund is critical to the financial health of our school.
    The Annual Fund goal is $375,000, and we strive to reach 100% participation from our FASPS community.
    The Annual Fund Giving Week is October 1–7. Please visit www.FASPS.org/GiveNow to make a gift or pledge today.
    Thank you for supporting FASPS! We are a great community thanks to the work, passion, resilience, and commitment of so many. Your gift, no matter the size, makes such a difference during this difficult time. Let us count you among those who support our Annual Fund this school year.
    Merci à tous!
  • Why not just charge more for tuition?

    Unlike tuition, gifts to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible. In addition, many companies provide matching funds, which can double the amount of their employee’s donations. We strive to keep our program accessible to a wide variety of families and community members, and your contributions to the Annual Fund help increase access to more families across the region.
  • Why do all the families need to give?

    Supporting the Annual Fund is the best way to ensure we can maintain the high-level quality of education FASPS provides and allows us to stay at the forefront of bilingual institutions in the region. Family participation in the Annual Fund helps us keep tuition increases to a minimum so that more community members can benefit from a FASPS education. Additionally, when seeking contributions from corporations and foundations, demonstrating a 100% family participation shows collective internal support and demonstrates the need for additional external community support to fund our robust and high-level programs.
  • How much should I give?

    Gifts of all sizes matter and positively impact FASPS and our programs. Donation levels vary from family to family, and we ask that you and your family contribute a gift that is meaningful to you! Every family’s donation counts, and collective contribution will get us to our financial goal. Since 8–10% of the budget is not covered by what tuition generates, your support and 100% family participation are what truly make the difference.
  • What does the Annual Fund actually support?

    Donations to the Annual Fund go towards the current fiscal year budget and supports everything from technology, programs and resources, special guest speakers, upgrades to classrooms, supplies, professional development, music and arts, and so much more. All funds are used during the school year in which the donation is made, meaning your gift has an immediate impact on the education of your child!
  • Any other reason I should give to the FASPS Annual Fund?

    Your gifts set a great example of philanthropy for your children!

Donor Recognition

FASPS publishes an Annual Report, which includes a listing of its generous supporters. The donor list is based on the giving levels described below and will total your combined gifts to the Annual Fund, the Gala and Auction, PBC Fund, FAN fund-a-need(s), and corporate matches within the fiscal year.
Your generous support enables us to give our students “Excellence Today, the World Tomorrow.” Our giving levels have evolved over the past few years, and we hope these giving groups will inspire you to donate this school this year.
Annual Fund Giving Levels:
  • Head’s Circle: $20,000 and Up
  • Visionaries: $10,000 – $19,999
  • Partners: $5,000 – $9,999
  • Investors: $2,500 – $4,999
  • Team 1995: $1,000 – $2,499
  • Supporters: $500 – $999
  • Friends: $1 – $499
Donors who contribute $3,000 or more throughout the school year will be invited to a donor thank-you event in the spring.

Donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund will be invited the following fall to an Annual Fund kickoff event.


Heidi Paige
Director of Development
(206) 275-3533
Emma Smith
Associate Director of Development 
(206) 275-3533, Ext. 
Debbie Baxter
Development Database Manager
(206) 275-3533, Ext. 281