Giving at


Westside Neighborhood School is grateful for the longstanding generosity and philanthropy within our community.  Meaningful giving and engagement is what makes WNS the unique and special place that it is for our students and families.  When you support WNS, you’re not just supporting a school- you’re helping to drive what comes next in the very best of education.

Nikea Johnson

Director of Development

Giving at WNS

Since our school’s founding in 1980, WNS families have played an integral role in building the school’s unparalleled success. At WNS, we strive to create a culture of meaningful engagement, where each member contributes to their own personal capacity. Tuition covers only a portion of the cost of the outstanding education our students receive at WNS. Financial support makes up that difference and has a direct impact on WNS students and programs.

The WNS Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is WNS’ most vital fundraising campaign of the year and is essential to the school’s sustainability and success. Gifts to the WNS Annual Fund bridge the gap between what tuition covers and the necessary operating costs of a WNS education. It supports the year’s greatest needs, such as financial assistance for families, educational and athletic programs, maintenance and improvement of the campus and facilities, as well as professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff. Like all private-independent schools, the Annual Fund kicks off at the beginning of the school year to help fund these essential programs.  

We ask that all WNS  families participate in the campaign, and give at a level that is right for them. A gift to the WNS Annual Fund is tax-deductible.

The WNS Four Pillars Legacy Endowment

This is a school we love. Let’s ensure its future.

The WNS FOUR PILLARS LEGACY ENDOWMENT FUND was created by the Board of Trustees to assure the long term financial sustainability and preservation of the core values of WNS for generations to come. A robust endowment is an essential component for schools in a landscape of rising tuition costs and financial assistance requests.

To read more about this critical initiative, please click below.

Annual Gala & Auction

The Gala is WNS’s largest fundraising event of the year. 

The 2023 FUTURE BY DESIGN Gala was a huge success and we have our entire community to thank for that! Together, with ticket purchases, incredible sponsorships, one-of-a-kind auction donations/bidding, as well as our Raise the Paddle, we raised crucial dollars for WNS!

On April 29, 2023, WNS greeted nearly 500 guests in the world renowned Pacific Design Center, with a hosted bar,  incredible cirque entertainment and an 8-piece live band, and a sumptuous meal. Most importantly we hit some big fundraising goals which go in their entirety back to constantly striving to make our school a better place for our students. 

Other Fundraising Opportunities

WNS is immensely grateful for the support that comes through grants, company matching gifts, and corporate sponsorships to targeted areas of need. Many of these donations support initiatives like Financial Assistance, DEIJ, technology, campus enhancements, specific programs like athletics and global studies, as well as our Endowment.

WNS also launches specific campaigns as vital needs arise. Campaigns fund specific initiatives and are focused on long-term strategic goals. Campaign gifts are usually larger in size than an Annual Fund contribution and may be pledged over multiple years. During a campaign, donors are asked to support both the WNS Annual Fund as well as the campaign effort. This commitment ensures that WNS’s operations are sustained, as the school embarks on a major fundraising initiative.

WNS deeply appreciates the consideration and support from our families, alumni, alumni families, foundations, friends of the school, and grandparents

Ways To Give

We strive to make the process of giving back to the WNS community as straightforward as possible. Gifts made to WNS (501C3 Nonprofit Organization) are tax-deductible.

make a pledge
Pledges may be made to any fund or campaign. Installment plans for pledges are available.
give a cash gift
Give using cash, check, or credit card. Gifts can be made in person, over the phone, or online.
give a stock gift
We accept gifts in the form of stock donations. Contact the Development Office for details.
give a matching gift
Double the impact of your gift with a matching gift from your employer.

Gift & Donor Acknowledgement

Donors to all annual giving funds and campaigns at WNS are acknowledged with gratitude in our Philanthropy Report. Donors are listed by giving levels based on total donations to the school throughout the year. If you wish to not be listed in the report you may request your gifts to be anonymous.