Annual Fund

The Annual Fund touches every aspect of the Sage Hill experience in immediate and lasting ways.
The Annual Fund is essential to the excellence you see in our classrooms, on the playing fields, in our Studio, and through the programs unique to Sage Hill, like the Sage Hill Internship Program (SHIP), Spring at Sage, and Service Learning.
Why the Annual Fund? As a crucial annual fundraising priority, the Annual Fund provides immediate resources needed for the academic year that cannot be found elsewhere. The Annual Fund is one of the school’s primary sources of operating income and as such ensures the strength and success of our programs. By prioritizing Sage Hill in your philanthropic giving, you demonstrate your commitment to your child and the Sage Hill experience, as well as to the dedicated faculty and staff members who provide students with unparalleled guidance, instruction, and care. 
The Annual Fund benefits all of our students, and that is why Sage Hill requests 100% participation from our families each year. How much each family contributes is a personal decision. All contributions, no matter what size, make a difference.

Sage Hill School is a registered 501(c)(3) entity. Your contribution is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Federal Tax ID 33-0729698. All gifts received prior to June 30, 2024 will be recognized in the 2023-2024 Annual Report. If you have any questions regarding the Annual Fund, please contact Melissa Deckers at

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the Annual Fund and how is it used?

    The Annual Fund continues to be the foundation of all fundraising efforts at Sage Hill. A strong, unrestricted Annual Fund will allow us to pursue and achieve excellence in every aspect of what we do. It truly helps fill the gap in areas of needs, such as financial assistance, technology, campus enhancements, arts, athletics, faculty/staff opportunities, Sage Center programs, and more. Gifts can be made anytime during the current fiscal year, July 1 through June 30 and will be recognized in the school’s Annual Report.
  • Q. What does my Annual Fund gift support?

    The Annual Fund supports every area at Sage Hill School – the ones most important to you and your children, and those you may have not really thought about. Every aspect of our program is important to the development of the whole student – our annual fund is designed to support it all, so we can provide opportunities for all. There is a way online to designate a gift to a department or cause that is meaningful to you or to dedicate your gift to a teacher or coach who has been impactful.
  • Q. Should I still donate even if I can only give a small amount?

    Yes! Our goal is to have 100% parent participation and we encourage your gift at any level. If your gift is meaningful to you, it is meaningful to us. Every gift, regardless of size, matters and helps aid our school's mission to inspire in our students a love of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge creatively, compassionately and courageously throughout their lives. All gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible.
  • Q. Who gives to the Annual Fund?

    Generous support for Sage Hill's Annual Fund comes from everyone in the Sage Hill community: parents, alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, trustees, and parents of alumni. With everyone working together, Sage Hill School will continue to be a premier independent school. Donors who contribute $5,000 or more will be invited to a special reception in the following Fall.
  • Q. What is Spring Celebration and how is it different from the Annual Fund?

    Spring Celebration has evolved as the annual signature gala which focuses heavily on the vital support for the school’s financial assistance program, which is separate from your annual fund donation. This year it will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2024 on campus. If you have auction items to donate, please contact Melissa Deckers at
  • Q. Is the Annual Fund a part of the Capital Campaign?

    No. Donations to the Annual Fund are separate from gifts to the Capital Campaign. The Annual Fund occurs yearly, is unrestricted, and supports the operating budget of the school each year. For questions about the Capital Campaign or for any Major Gift questions please contact the Director of Advancement, Matt Sahlin at
  • Q. What is the best way to make a gift to the Annual Fund?

    There are many options for making your gift:
    • Checks made out to Sage Hill School can be mailed to the advancement office, Attention “Annual Fund,” at 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, CA 92657.
    • You can make a gift stock (please contact the advancement office or visit this form for information on the transfer of stock.)
    • Many companies also provide matching gift programs for employees who make charitable gifts. When you make a gift to the Annual Fund, check to see if there is a matching gift program at your workplace that can additionally benefit the school.
  • Q. Is my gift tax-deductible?

    Yes! Your gift to the Annual Fund is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You will receive a letter thanking you and acknowledging your gift, which can be used as a receipt for tax purposes.
    • Guide to Giving

Sage Hill School

Sage Hill School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and athletic and other School administered programs.