The CWA Annual Fund

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Philanthropy makes the exceptional student experience possible. The Annual Fund, or “ALL IN” campaign, provides critical resources for Charles Wright – a steady stream that keeps the school moving. Your philanthropic supports makes up most the difference between the actual cost of educating each child and what is covered by tuition. Annual Fund gifts supplement funding for technology and instructional materials; provide faculty with the best resources available; bolster financial assistance for qualified students; and ensures that Tarriers can explore the visual and performing arts, athletics, world languages, music, the great outdoors, scientific research, and experiential education.

Thank you to the following current CWA families for their support of the 2018-19 Annual Fund.

Anonymous (36)

Anonymous, in honor of Ashlyn Podbilski ’29

Anonymous, in memory of Corine Harrell

David Adams and Kelley Thomas-Adams

James and Holly Albers

Gavan and Shoshona Albright

Guillermo Alfaro Magaña and Kelly Alfaro Haugen

Charles Allen ’66 and Karen Parmett

Michael and Aimee Allen

Justin and Robyn Anderson

Haroon Anwar and Shannon Mandel

Iain Asplin and Vanessa Honn

Alan and Jill Ater

Deborah and Donald Baldwin

Greg Bamford and Shannon Armitage

Gabrielle and Alex Bates

Andre Bautista and Blair Irwin

Sedia and Nick Bayard

Rebecca Beatte

Amelia Becker

Chad and Trisha Bender

Heather Bledsoe

Peter Bortel and Christiane Robinson-Bortel

Adam Boyce and Trina Greenbury

Kevin and Patricia Bozich

The Brink Family

The Brooks Family

The Buettner

The Carrera Family

Matthew and Rae Charlton

Ronald and Myngoc Chase

Pascal Chevalier

Celine and Robert Chevrette

William and Stephanie Chissoe

Sang Ho and MiYoung Choi

Darrell and Wendy Cochran

Dr. Colby Cockrell and Dr. Lori Noga

Mary and John Cole

Diana Comfort

The Conrad Family

Nathan and Jessica Conway

Timothy and Jessica Corddry

Stephani and Justin Crozier

Abelardo and Natacia Cruz

Mazen Dahan and Khaloud Adham

Gina and Paul Dean

Stephan and Erica Derout

John and Katina Dispenza

Kathy Dobler ’79 and Dave Dearth

Charles and Michelle Donner

Alisha Bright Doucette ’95 and John Doucette

Stephen Dunk and Debbie Barenborg

Aaron and Michelle Dykstra

Sean and Michelle Eagan

Charles and Samantha Einarson

Sancar and Pelin Eke

Ned and Michelle Evans

The Failla Family

David and Alice Fairley

Yuan Fan and Qiang Ren

Dana and Jeffrey Flaskerud

Jennifer Flint-Nelson

John Forier and Heidi Huckins

The Fournier Family

Travis and Christy Gagnier

Jeffrey and Wendy Gerbing

Blake Goldberg ’82

George and Barbie Gonzalez

Kristine Grace

Mark Grace

Judson Gray ’77 and Gayle Gilpin Gray

Thomas and Mayumi Griffin

Robert and Kyoung-Mi Gutierrez

Kelly and Cheryl Hall

Mark and Mary Hallman

Carrie Halvorson

Jae and Seunghee Han

Thomas and Jennifer Hanly

Marc and Kimberly Harrington

Maeve Harris

Wayne and Wendy Harsha

James Hatch and Amy Baron Hatch

Mark and Pamela Hayes

Brian and Jody Hickey

Brent and Jessica Hill

Mark Hood and Linda Lee

The Horn Family

Gregory Howell ’89

Wenyong Hu and Helen Sun

Sunghyun Hwang and Hee Kyung Choi

Juan and Sarah Iregui

Manuel and Chiarina Iregui

Thomas and Laurie Jackson

Jack and Michele Jacobsen

April Jeong-Callies

Christine Jones and Nolan Rinehart

The Jorgenson Family

Brooke Brakke Judge ’97 and Robert Judge

James and Wendy Kelly

Youngho and Heejung Kim

Michael and Jessica Kuluz

Ravi Kumar and Hetal Kothari

Manuel and Silvia La Rosa

Jon and Elizabeth Lamoreux

Larsen Property Group

Thomas and Deanna Latendresse

David and Cynthia Lauman

Koomin and Eojin Lee

Tefang Lee and Mingfen Chen

Tobias and Yukiko Lee

Kendall McGuire Leith ’90 and Joseph Leith

The Leone Family

Gang Li and Ying Zhu

Suyang Li and Vicki Chen-Li

Scott Limoli and Wendy Welch

Penghua Lou and Huihong Yang

Hayley Lovejoy

Ohad and Kate Lowy

Guibin Lu and Zhuozhuo Li

The Lundberg Family

Tiffany MacBain

Marcela MacNaughton

Todd MacNaughton

Chad and Joanna Manning

The Marley Family

William Martin and Soyoung Han

Richard and Sally Martinez

Joseph ’88 and Gloria Mayer

The McClendon Family

Drew and Christina McDougall

Jeffrey and Dawn McElvain

Mindy McGrath

The McKee Family

Rita Irvin and Sands McKinley

The Meador-Dering Family, in honor of Joe Schiffiler

The Mebust Family

Mark and Tammy Melsness

Richard and Ellen Middleton

The Mohit Family

Shannon Morris

Rajiv and Jamie Nagaich

Karen and Sven Nelson

Stacie Smith Nemetz ’89 and David Nemetz

Mark and Dulce Ngo

Arash Niazi and Rebecca Blaine-Niazi

The Nielsen Family

Kyung and Youjin Noh

Eirik and Jane O’Neal

Michael and Katharine Opitz

Laura Overton

John and Lynne Parrott

Rahul and Tanvi Patel

Eric and Shalimar Pedersen

Scott Peeler

Kris and Rosemary Peterson

Michael Peterson and Mimy Eng

Justin and Jill Piasecki

Charles and Tammy Piatok

Scheila Pikes

Philippe and Loubna Pla

Dwight and Bess Poehlmann

David Ulysses Portnow

Jordan and Melanie Potter

David and Cheryl Pratt

Stephen and Gala Ramos

Brendan and Kyna Raney

Rachel and D.J. Rippl

The Ritscher Family

Charles Roberts and Gail Momii Roberts

Steven and Nicole Rode

Rajnish Rohila

Laura and Jonathan Rose

John and Christine Rosenquist

Craig and Deliah Rouse

Jairboaz and Mary Ruiz

Chet and Bethlyn Sabotka

Bahman and Debra Saffari

Michael ’88 and Sandie Salema

Anthony Saletan and Jill Rosenthal, in memory of J. Robert Rosenthal and Gladys Rosenthal

Singha Samanmit and Esther Shi

Laurel and Lewis Sandbeck

Nancy and Roderic Schauer

Benjamin ’88 and Deb Sclair

Rachel Scott

Amy and Terran Senftleben

Rocklin Severson

Hakan and Susan Sezgin

Joseph Shvidler and Eve Cunningham

Arjan and Navroop Sidhu

John and Michelle Simmer

Suraj and Erica Singh

Matthew and Jennifer Smith

Michael and Cheryl Smith

Perry and Erin Smith

Eric and Samantha Sonju

Carol Springer

Katrin St.Clair and Craig Rine

Jeffrey and Nicole Stice

Emily Parker Stokes Broyles ’99 and Don Broyles

The Stone Family

Jafar and Sudi Taghavi

Christopher and Melissa Tebrock

Ian and Heather Toner, in honor of Callie ’20 and Horatio ’32

Alton Tran and Phuong Nguyen

Deanne and Dwaine Trummert

Craig and Kelley Turner

Ashley Turnipseed

Pernelle Turnipseed

Richard and Jennifer Unruh

Caesar and Karen Ursic

The Vails-Kuehnis Family

Robert and Melissa Van Gorkom

Jeffrey and Min-Fen Walker

Kelly and Amy Walker

Michael Wanjohi and Leah Mugathuri

Carie and Barry Ward

Scott and Marlene Warfield

Laurel and Thomas Webster

David and Gina Weigel

Jeffrey and Barbara Weist

Jolene Werden

Brian and Elsie Wescott

Erik White and Elizabeth Gray

Trevor ’93 and Cassandra Will

The Wilner Family

Greg Wissing

Shaofan and Xuemei Xu

Liang Yang and Liqun Li

Kyeong Yoon and Ran Hwang

Yongsheng Zhang and Yingchun Qi

Aaron Zima and Joanne Torres

Leadership Giving Circles
$15,000 +                      Founders’ Circle
$10,000 – $14,999       Peach Acres Circle
$5,000 – $9,999           Martlet Circle
$1,957 – $4,999            Sequoia Circle

Other Giving Circles
$1,000 – $1,956            Tarrier Circle
$500 – $999                  Chambers Creek Circle
$250 – $499                  Green and White Circle
$1 – $249                       Friend

Alumni Leadership Giving Society
$1,957 +                         Classes of 1964-1993
$1,000 – $1,956            Classes of 1994-1998
$500 – $999                  Classes of 1999-2003
$250 – $499                  Classes of 2004-2008
$100                               Classes of 2009-2018

CWA Annual Fund Frequently Asked Questions

The Annual Fund is our school’s number one fund-raising priority every year and Annual Fund donations directly impacts faculty and students and teaching and learning. Your gift helps cover the costs of the school’s educational programs, as well as faculty salaries, computer technology, financial aid, athletic equipment, cultural opportunities, music and art supplies, outdoor education gear and more.

Every year, all members of our community (parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, and friends) are asked to make a tax-deductible gift to CWA. Money raised through the Annual Fund ensures our school has all the necessary resources to provide each child with a challenging and rewarding educational experience.

Tuition covers only part of the actual cost of educating each Charles Wright Academy student. Virtually all independent schools raise revenue through an annual fund to help cover operating expenses.
The impact of your participation is valued beyond the dollars. Your participation demonstrates your commitment to CWA and its continued success. It is a vote of confidence in our school, our faculty, and our educational mission. 100 percent participation is evidence that everyone in our community shares in the effort. Foundations, grant-making institutions, and major donors all look at fund-raising participation as a key indicator of satisfaction. If the community stands behind the school, those organizations deem CWA more deserving of their support as well.
Yes. A gift or pledge made early in the school year is a great advantage to the school because it enables us to know how much money will be available to support the school’s budget. The goal is to have all Annual Fund commitments in by December 31. Pledges must be paid by June 30.
We ask that you contribute at a level that is personally meaningful to you. Every gift of any size is needed and important.
The Annual Fund, like our operating budget, primarily supports our faculty and our programs. 57 percent of CWA’s operating budget goes to salary and benefits. The Annual Fund supports all of the operations of the school, including the financial aid program. CWA has awarded aid in the amount of $3.2 million in 2017–2018. Approximately 27 percent of students are receiving financial aid this year.
There are two primary ways that the Advancement office asks for support from the community:

  • Annual Fund
  • Spirit Auction

The school relies on the Annual Fund to support the operating budget each and every year. We ask that all families participate in the Annual Fund and hope that each family will make CWA their top philanthropic priority.

The “gap” is the difference between tuition dollars received by the school and the actual costs of a CWA education. That amount is approximately $1,800 per student. The “gap” is funded, in part, by the Annual Fund.

“I’ve had the honor of attending Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Summer Institute for four years. TCRWP taught me how to use state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading and writing and how to use performance-based assessments and learning progressions to accelerate growth with my students. They also taught me how to have literacy-rich instruction in other areas of curriculum. TCRWP is always incorporating new brain science research strategies into the way the world teaches reading and writing, and it has been a continual source of professional development and renewal that has guided my teaching of the reading and writing process in the Lower School as I target students across the developmental age span of ages 4 through 12. I have particularly enjoyed being able to attend the summer institute with other Tarrier educators. Doing so allows us to plan how we want to implement our new learning into our classrooms and better support our students. Bringing those lessons back to campus, I’ve participated in rich conversations and discussions on the Curriculum Committee and in the English department as well as in our divisions. Guided by Rachel Rippl and Patti Crouch-Cook, we developed meaningful skills and benchmarks across our curriculum from junior kindergarten through 12th grade in both reading and writing. I will always be thankful for all of the support and resources that I need to be a successful teacher. I am also grateful to all of the exceptional teachers at CWA for helping me to grow as a reading and writing teacher into an educator of which I can be proud.”
Mary Cole, Lower School learning specialist
CWA, 2002-present

“I attended Charles Wright from kindergarten through 12th grade. Going through kindergarten and Lower School, and then moving through the growing pains of Middle School and Upper School, made many of my classmates best friends for life. The best part of Charles Wright athletics was getting to play the sports I love with my best friends. This combination melted away any stress and anxiety that can come with competitive sports. The sense of community and support of playing sports at Charles Wright will always have a special place in my athletic memories. Charles Wright personifies balance and the opportunity to expand horizons. From Ms. Herrington’s music class in Lower School to Ms. Webster’s math class in Upper School, Charles Wright allowed me to find out who I was and who I wanted to become. In Upper School my two fondest memories outside of athletics were Miles Struxness’ ceramics class and Ms. Webster’s math classes. I must have taken at least three math classes from Ms. Webster, and she prepared me for college and my future business major better than I could have ever imagined. I also took Miles’ ceramics class all four years, and ceramics grew into one of my biggest passions outside of sports. The combination of baseball, math, and pottery is one example of how Charles Wright allowed me to create diverse interests and excel academically, artistically, and athletically.”
Nate Mondou ’13; professional athlete; Stockton, Cal.

“We launched Give InKind ( as a place for individuals or organizations to better coordinate help, when and where it’s needed. We created the ability to manage meal and help calendars, fund-raise, create wish lists of needed items, and communicate with those that want to help—all in one place. We didn’t just draw from our own personal experiences with crisis to know what needed to be managed; I drew from further back than that. I thought about when Columbine happened, how as CWA juniors ourselves, we were so overwhelmed by the feelings of loss that struck us that we started a letter-writing campaign in our English class, a voice for the collective pain that students across the country were feeling. I thought about our annual adopt-a-family at Christmas, how it felt to know we were making a holiday possible for a family that might not otherwise have one, and why I always volunteered to do the shopping for the kids, because giving things I knew they would use just felt good. I thought about my senior internship, and the day spent with a perinatologist. How I left the room, awash in dizziness, when a mother began an emotionally devastating procedure, my own emotion teaching me as much of a lesson in that moment as witnessing the procedure might have. When crisis strikes, the worst thing you can do is panic. When you’re hit by a rogue wave, or pulled out by the tide, you are forced to think critically. What must I do, in this moment, to analyze the circumstances and apply the things that I know to resolve the situation? I knew the action that could be taken in the face of crisis, both from my own experiences and from those I experienced in my years at CWA. By presenting challenging situations, along with the safety and permission to fail, we begin to gather the skills and knowledge necessary to sail the open sea.”
Laura Malcolm ’00; entrepreneur; Tacoma, Wash.

“I’ve been the Lower School administrative assistant and registrar since 2012, and I adore it here! I give to the Annual Fund every year because this is a magical place—both to work at and just to be a part of the community. I look at my Annual Fund contribution as helping to fund the magic that is CWA. We are so blessed to be here, no matter who we are or what our role is here!”
– Mandy D. Marcellis, LS Administrative Assistant and Registrar
CWA, 2012-present

“I give to the Annual Fund because I believe that Charles Wright does a wonderful job of providing a well-rounded liberal arts education. All of our students receive a broad exposure to academics, the arts, and athletics. Those who have interests in particular areas of study can explore those disciplines in significant depth. For many, this broad exposure to the liberal arts also fosters the development of new interests. I am grateful that my children attended CWA, and I am happy to continue to support the academy.”
– Gil LeFrancois, Math Teacher
CWA, 1983-present

“I could say that I give for my health, and especially my happiness. I could say that I give because God said, “Test this and see.” And He is right. Am I wired that way? Is it an ingrained sense of duty? Is it training, understanding, a love of serving? Previously, I gave more spontaneously—and sometimes still do—but lately I’ve learned the discipline of planned, continuous, and increasing giving. Mostly I give because I’m quite certain that I can do nothing less than give. It’s because I have a passion for reciprocity. It’s an ever-present undercurrent. Not just to this amazing place known as Charles Wright Academy, but to all the layers of my life with all my resources, gifts, and talents. Yes, test this and see.”
JoAnn MacKay, Facilities Administrative Assistant
CWA, 2002-present

“Bruce and I have given to the Annual Fund regularly since it was established. We believe in the value of the education our children received while they were here and want to see it continue for many years to come. I love working at CWA and am willing to invest some of my pay back into my job because I feel it’s important to show my support for the school. Now that we both work here, we both contribute separately to the Annual Fund because we truly love being a part of this community! Sometimes I think we really do bleed green!”
– Judy Williams, Seventh Grade Team Leader, MS Spanish, 7th Grade Advisory
CWA, 1991-present
– Bruce Williams, Bus Driver
CWA, 2011-present

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