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Tara Arras

Assistant Head of School for Advancement

In a world of worthy, urgent causes—where so much work needs to be done—Sidwell Friends School is committed to preparing a new generation of students with the knowledge, the courage, the conviction, and the relationships necessary to create the change we all need.

We are launching a comprehensive campaign to transform our Washington, DC, campus, boost our financial aid resources, and invest in initiatives to deepen our students’ ethical engagement with the world. This is our moment to shape the School we love and magnify the impact it has on students today and for decades to come—our moment to shape the impact they will have on the world.

Together We Shine

Through this campaign, we will:

Reimagine the
Future of Learning

Together, we can transform how, what, and where our students learn.

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Welcome a Wider Community

Together, we can transform access to a Sidwell Friends education.

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Ethically Engage
the World

Together, we can transform the role we play in our city and the way we steward our planet.

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I’m truly moved by the generosity of our donors and their confidence in Sidwell Friends. They recognize that we have an unprecedented opportunity to improve the educational experience of our students and to strengthen the School for generations to come.

Bryan Garman Head of School

Our Progress




To Goal


Raised to Date

Since July 1, 2015:

total gifts to the campaign


first-time donors


campaign gifts of less than $1,000


gifts of more than $1 million

Last fiscal year:
20 %

alumni participation

60 %

parent participation

21 %

past parent participation

10 %

grandparent participation

47 %

faculty and staff participation

Our Stories

Celebrating Three Fully Endowed Faculty Chairs

Sidwell Friends donors have advanced the School’s Equity, Justice, and Community (EJC) Strategic Action Plan in a major way.

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Engaging Alumni Makes a Vital Difference

The more alumni engage with each other and with today’s School community, the greater the philanthropic impact and good we can do together.

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Sprint for the Future

With 90 percent of our ambitious $152 million goal raised, we are making a last sprint and starting to glimpse the future.

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Volunteers Lighting the Way

As we near the campaign’s finish line, we could never have reached our current success without the tireless support of more than 100 active volunteers.

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For Decades of Service

We Welcome Helen Austern Colson ’53, P ’82, ’84, ’87 as Honorary Leader of Together We Shine

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Demonstrating Leadership

Donors Fully Fund a New Faculty Chair in Asian American Studies

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The New Center for Ethical Leadership

Located in the new Upper School, the Center for Ethical Leadership will create opportunities for students to engage with and examine topics that shape their world.

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How One “Yes” Leads to Another

An interview with volunteers Melissa del Aguila ’01 and Dev Talvadkar ’01.

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