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Annual Report

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Letter from the President 
Karen Marcotte Solimano Honorary
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Letter from the Head of School
Percy Abram, Ph.D.

Stories of Philanthropy and Community
  • Celebrating at Bush and Beyond
  • Keeping Our Community Together
  • Reimagining the Senior Fund
  • Connecting to Place and Community
  • Sharing Bush's Technology

Spotlights...
  • Continuing a tradition: The Daisy Chain
  • We are in this together

Letter from the President

Gratitude is something that we have all felt over these past eight months. In small moments as we listen to our children log into a class over Zoom and hear the voice of a caring adult on the other end. And in bigger moments as the Class of 2020 celebrated their high school graduation in spite of the pandemic, including when our beloved faculty delivered graduates’ caps and gowns and well wishes to students’ front porches.

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Letter from the Head of School

We opened the 2019-2020 school year with an invitation for the community to imagine the infinite possibilities that lay before them, and for each member to challenge themselves to commit to doing their part to making Bush a better school. Well, even under trying circumstances, we did just that. Last year’s journey was unique—interrupted by a campus closure on March 11 and a transition to remote schooling for the remainder of the year—but we adjusted and emerged stronger, having learned the importance of steadfast community support during uncertain times. 

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Thank You to Our Donors

Each year, we are so proud of the number of people that give their time, their financial support, and their talents to build an incredible community. Thank you to everyone for their efforts. We could not do this without you! 

Great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of this report. If we have omitted or misspelled your name, or if you have any name, address or family information changes, please contact The Bush School’s Development Office at development@bush.edu.

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2019-2020 Donor List

Members of The Bush School community received an email with the password to this section.  If you are a member of the Bush community and would like access, please email us at development@bush.edu to request the password.


Stories of Philanthropy and Community

List of 5 news stories.

  • Celebrating at Bush and Beyond

    In a short period of time, The Bush School pivoted to remote schooling on Wednesday, March 11 and was poised to host Celebrate Bush, the school’s annual fundraiser and auction, in person on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Three days later, Director of Development Sharon Hurt and Community and Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer became experts in shifting in-person to virtual events.
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  • Keeping Our Community Together

    Relationships are at the heart of the Bush admissions and financial aid program. This spring, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Adam Choice kept this core value central to his work, focusing on ways to partner with families through the financial impact of COVID-19. Adam shared, “We believe that leading for social change means placing our values first. At Bush, this means prioritizing people and relationships.”
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  • Reimagining the Senior Fund

    The Senior Gift Fund was created by the Bush Class of 2012 to help fund Senior Projects. Each year juniors and seniors raise money to support their classmates’ passions. This year Senior Projects were cancelled due to COVID-19 and the Senior Fund Leadership Team, comprised of Casey F. ’21, Lucian F. ’21, Donaji T-M. ’21, and recent graduates Elise Gautier ’20 and Jasmine Young ’20 offered donors an opportunity.
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  • Connecting to Place and Community

    Under the leadership of Campaign Co-Chairs Mike Galgon and Allison Harr, Bush’s Connecting to Place capital campaign raised $16.7 million to support the construction of a new 22,000 square foot building on the Upper School campus.
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  • Sharing Bush’s Technology

    Powell Clark ’18 started an internship on March 19 at MakerMask, just days before Governor Jay Inslee issued the stay-at-home order. MakerMask is a non-profit based in Seattle, with a platform that allows any person to download directions to 3D print protective face masks. The company wanted to print more masks than they had equipment for when global supply chains were interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. So, Powell reached out to Director of Technology Ethan Delavan to see if The Bush School had 3D printers they could share.
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Spotlights

List of 2 news stories.

  • Continuing a Tradition: The Daisy Chain

    This year, as a result of the campus closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the junior Class of 2021 wrote and produced a virtual daisy chain video to celebrate the graduating Class of 2020, ensuring a tradition continued.
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  • We Are In This Together


    As we reflect on the past year and express our gratitude for all we accomplished as a learning community, individually and collectively, we acknowledge that we are living in a world that has changed.
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Fiscal Year Performance

This year with your support, The Bush School raised a total of $6,125,636 in philanthropic support. This included $1,619,615 in support of annual operations (through the Annual Fund and Celebrate Bush), $132,859 in support of the endowment, and $4,373,162 of gifts and pledges in support of the New Upper School Building and Education Master Plan (EMP).

Total revenue for the year was $31,495,525 and came from tuition and fees, philanthropic support (including the campaign), auxiliary programs, and investment income.

Total expenses for the year were $24,971,347 and included compensation, financial aid, programs and materials, maintenance and utilities, and debt service.
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The Bush Endowment

The endowment is an important part of the school’s overall fiscal year performance. Assistant Head for Finance and Operations Robin Bentley underscored this sharing: “Endowments are considered a hallmark of financial sustainability.” Our donors’ commitment to the endowment supports the school’s vitality and solidifies their legacy with the school. The value of Bush’s endowment as of June 30, 2020 was $21,558,277.

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View Previous Annual Reports

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