Philanthropy at Bush

Giving and Gratitude

For close to 100 years, The Bush School has continued to thrive because of clear guiding principles, outstanding teaching, dedicated students and families, strong leadership, a commitment to philanthropy, and placing children at the center of all we do.
The role of philanthropy at The Bush School is to advance the mission—to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities. Philanthropy is integral to delivering on Bush’s promise to provide a meaningful and transformative education to students now and into the future.

At Bush, the culture of philanthropy is defined by gifts and care from many sources and in many forms—some are time, some are expertise, some are donations. They represent our collective belief that education is the greatest gift you can give.  We honor every volunteer, donor, partner, and community member. We are grateful for every gift of every form and every size. At Bush, philanthropy is a big umbrella and our goal is for everyone to know they are welcome and feel a sense of belonging.

Giving and gratitude are central to who we are. Every gift makes a difference.

List of 5 items.

  • Annual Fund

    The Annual Fund Family Campaign is the philanthropic priority of The Bush School and all gifts to it support the school’s annual operating budget.  The Annual Fund takes place for six weeks in the fall beginning in October. Every family is encouraged to make a contribution to the Annual Fund in an amount that is meaningful to them. The collective generosity of our entire community—alumni, parents, grandparents, parents/guardians of alumni, and friends—makes a difference in the life of each student and teacher.

    Annual Fund
  • Celebrate Bush

    Celebrate Bush is a K-12 community celebration in support of financial aid. The Bush School provides $4.5M in financial aid to students and families and Celebrate Bush is an important part of making that funding possible.
    Celebrate Bush
  • Endowment

    Endowments are assets invested by the school to support the education mission in perpetuity. They are charitable funds that offer a source of stability for schools. The Bush School receives returns on endowment investments each year to support specific uses outlined by the donor and agreed upon by the school, current teaching, learning, and operational needs; any remaining investment returns are generally reinvested into the existing endowment.

  • Planned Giving

    Planned giving allows donors to have a lasting impact on education at The Bush School and works to keep Helen Bush’s dream alive. By designating The Bush School in your will, living trust, or beneficiary designations, you help ensure that the legacy of experiential education nurtured by Helen Bush’s vision continues to grow for generations to come.

    Planned Giving
  • Capital Campaigns

    Capital campaigns are specific, one-time fundraising initiatives to support strategic priorities identified by the Board of Trustees such as campus improvements, new buildings, and endowment growth. Pledges to a campaign are often paid over three to five years, and the school endeavors to meet donors’ philanthropic goals and timelines.  Every Bush campaign has propelled our school forward, meeting the needs of current and future generations of students.



The Bush School is an independent, coeducational day school located in Seattle, WA enrolling 715 students in grades K–12. The mission of The Bush School is to spark in students of diverse backgrounds and talents a passion for learning, accomplishment, and contribution to their communities.

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