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.
In reflecting on the current environment and the role we can play through donating, Jasmine shared: “As the anti-racism movement sweeps across our country and globe, I feel it is more appropriate than ever to put our money towards continuing the work we know needs to be done. Bush is not innocent of racism, and knowing this, it would be irresponsible not to use our resources to leave a lasting legacy meant to create positive change.”
Donors who supported the Senior Fund in the spring had the option to keep their gift with the Senior Fund, or to re-allocate their gift to: a new fund for Upper School workshops on anti-racism training; financial aid; Connecting to Place for the New Upper School Building; or Black Lives Matter Seattle King County. Though seniors did not have an opportunity to pursue their passions through traditional Senior Projects, this gesture is an example of the thoughtful leadership and vision that defines Bush students—leveraging philanthropy to support our greater Seattle community.