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15 Days of Giving


15 Days of Giving: Thank You!

In honor of the amazing faculty and staff of Siena! —Siena Parents

In true Siena fashion, our first-ever 15 Days of Giving was very much a community effort: 115 donors helped raise over $34,000 to fund students’ futures. 

Parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff, community members, new donors, matching donors, and more showed great generosity during 15 Days of Giving. Please remember that your support will have a permanent ripple effect: the child, their family, and everyone they’ll interact with in their lives.

Thank you.

Thank you for all you do. Our son is where he is today because of Siena. We're so indebted to you! —Siena Parents

15 Days of Giving

Help us continue celebrating The Siena School’s 15th anniversary

This year, we’re excited to launch a 15 Days of Giving campaign for the first time. Beginning on March 1, we’re spreading out this year’s fundraising event from 1 fun-filled, memorable evening to 15 days of exciting challenges, Siena memories, and more as we reach our goal for this campaign: $50,000 for The Siena School Scholarship Fund. 

When you help fund a future from March 1–15, you will change a child’s life through the opportunity of a Siena education. We thank you in advance for your generosity and support.


*The Siena School Scholarship Fund is a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation. Click here to learn more about them.

See All the Giving Challenges Here!

It gives me great pleasure to be able to donate to The Siena School Scholarship Fund today. Having been the beneficiary of this Fund, I hope to be able to donate this (and more) every year. Siena gave my son a great education, and I'm in awe of the school, The Head of the School, teachers and staff, and everyone involved in the organization.      —Siena Alumni Parent

Thank You, Donors

It’s been a wonderful and supportive last 2 weeks. 

Thanks to the generous support of over 110 donors, we raised more than $33,000 for The Siena School Scholarship Fund. 

We’re especially grateful for your continued generosity in helping us finish the campaign strong: yesterday alone we raised $7,120 from 24 donors (including a successful $2,500 match from an anonymous donor), further showing the Siena community’s strength and growth over the past 15 days. 

We did it—families, faculty, staff, alumni and their families, loyalty donors, new donors...all of us enabled The Siena School Scholarship Fund to support more scholars’ futures. 

Thank you. 

Day 15

Can we get 15 donations on the last day?

In the past 14 days, we’ve made great progress toward our goal for The Siena School Scholarship Fund. We’re past the halfway point toward our goal, helped along by at least 20 new donors and 28 donations from our dedicated faculty and staff. 

In total, 94 donors have supported The Siena School Scholarship Fund so far.

After 15 days of various challenges and successes, we have 1 more for you: we challenge you to help us end strong by boosting the number of donors to this campaign. That means that today we’d like to see 15 donors give and support for The Siena School Scholarship Fund.

Good news! We have a last-minute match: For this last day of giving, an anonymous donor has agreed to match donations today up to $2,500. Let’s double the impact of today’s giving and fund even more Siena futures.

Can you help us complete the challenge today, the final day? 

Day 15

Unlocked: $25,000 Video

Are you gonna go our way? Mr. Sellars and the rest of Authentic Assessment sure hope so.

(Filmed before COVID-19.)

Day 14

Our 15 Days of Giving ends tomorrow. We've made great progress toward our scholarship goal for the past two weeks to fund more Siena futures.

We’ve already seen Wiley’s extraordinary dance moves. We’ve seen Ms. D. do the ice bucket challenge. And, we’ve seen the faculty’s own version of Full House, among other great Siena memories. (Scroll down for all the memories and videos from the past two weeks.)

We're now 93% of the way to unlocking our next fun Siena memory video: Siena's faculty/staff band Authentic Assessment performing. Only $1,698 more lets us relive Mr. Sellars and the band singing Lenny Kravtiz's classic, "Are You Gonna Go My Way."

As always, remember that every one, every year, and every donation matters. Help fund a future today.

Siena Impact Story: Patricia and Luis

How has Siena's impact been transformational already? Listen to these new Siena parents reflect on their child's experiences so far.

Day 13

Can you share 15 Days of Giving with 15 people?

Our 15 Days of Giving campaign is ending in 2 days, and we've made great progress toward our scholarship fund goal. We're 92% of the way to our next video unlock: Mr. Sellars and the rest of Authentic Assessment singing Lenny Kravitz at Siena. 

Can you continue helping us commemorate Siena’s 15th anniversary by sharing this with 15 people to push us past our goal? You could either email this link to 15 people or share our Facebook page with your followers to keep amplifying the Siena community’s mission and impact.   

The more shares we get in the home stretch, the more futures you can help fund through a Siena education.

Every one, every year, and every donation matters.  

Siena Impact Story: Lisa

How has the Siena community impacted and supported this family? A Siena mom reflects on her child's first two years at the school.

Unlocked: 15 New Donors Video

It’s not every day that we see teachers dancing, eating spicy foods, or performing a memorization test, so let's see who took the dares from students. 

Day 12

Can you donate your Siena graduation year?

Today is our Alumni Challenge for 15 Days of Giving, and we’re looking for a 15% increase in alumni donations from last year. Alumni students and parents: please consider making a microdonation in the amount of your Siena graduation year: $20.10 for Siena’s first graduates, $20.20 for our most recent graduates, and so on. 

To further amplify the impact of alumni family giving, The Honn Family (Andrew, ’18) will match the first $100 (dollar for dollar) in donations from alumni and alumni families.

This means that only 4 donations of $25 get The Siena School Scholarship Fund an extra $100

How many students from each graduating class can help crowdfund their time at Siena into someone else’s future at Siena so they can access the same life-altering mission and teachers? 

Day 12

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We continue to be encouraged by the consistent generosity we’ve seen in the past 12 days, as well as by the new donors we’ve welcomed into the community. With only 3 days to go, we’re 42% of the way to our goal of $50,000 for The Siena School Scholarship Fund.

Siena Impact Story: Sara and Tom

Listen to long-time parents discuss Siena's lasting impact on their child and their family over the past 9 years.

Day 10: A Message from Our Head of School

With only 5 days to go in the 15 Days of Giving for The Siena School Scholarship Fund, let’s hear today’s giving update from

our Head of School, Jilly Darefsky: 


Day 9

Can you boost your annual giving by 15%?

We’re especially thankful to our donors who, year after year, have loyally and graciously funded countless Siena scholars' futures. As a loyal supporter of The Siena School Scholarship Fund, you understand the long-term impact of your multi-year giving. 

Last year, 29 families increased their giving, and 101 families continued their generous giving for at least the second year in a row. We’d like to keep the momentum going this year and help fund more Siena students’ futures during 15 Days of Giving. 

To further amplify your impact as loyalty donors, long-time Siena community member Amy Walker has offered to match the first $1,000 in donations today. 

Please consider donating 15% more than you did last year to help us reach our goal during 15 Days of Giving to keep celebrating Siena’s 15th anniversary. The more people who add 15% to their annual donation, the more Siena futures that can be funded. 

Siena Impact Story: Ligia

Hear from an alumni parent about Siena’s impact on her son’s education and sense of self, as well as about how important this community has been for them these past 7 years.


Unlocked: Faculty/Staff Challenge Video

Can Wiley outrun Ms. Pierce?

(Filmed before COVID-19.)

Day 8

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Just past the halfway point of these 15 Days of Giving, we’ve seen great generosity and community support for The Siena School Scholarship Fund. By the end of this week, we hope to be able to share more Siena memories as we fund more Siena futures.

We’re getting closer to seeing footage of Siena's faculty/staff band Authentic Assessment, but we can only get their with your help. We know that tomorrow’s challenge to Loyalty Donors will help us get even closer.

Siena Impact Story: Michelle and Jared

Listen to these elementary parents' reflections on their experiences with Siena as a place of understanding and celebration of differences.


Day 7

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Can we increase the faculty & staff donation amount by 15% this year?

Regardless of whether your time at Siena started in the early years in the church or recently in our own building, we each have a wealth of memories and experiences. 

Midway through these 15 Days of Giving, we’d like you to consider commemorating your time at Siena with a donation to the scholarship fund—say, $5 for every year you’ve been at the school. It all adds up to help students get access to Siena's mission and learning environment.

To further amplify the impact for this challenge, a donor has agreed to match

the first $50 donated by Siena faculty and staff.  

We’ve already helped fund more Siena futures in the past week. Once we reach our goal for faculty and staff giving, we’ll reveal a fun video of Ms. Pierce chasing a pesky critter all over Siena to help celebrate.

Thank you all for giving back to the place where you already give so much. 

Day 6

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Can we welcome 15 new donors?

Last year we had 23 first-time donors give to The Siena School Scholarship Fund. To help us reach our scholarship goal of $50,000, today we’d like to see 15 new donors during these 15 Days of Giving. (You could even consider inviting a grandparent or other family member to give.) The more new donors we welcome into the Siena community today, the more Siena futures you can help fund. 

Can we keep growing our donor community today to unlock the Teacher Dare Videos? It’s not every day that we see teachers dancing, eating spicy foods, or performing a memorization test. 

Day 5

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Can you donate your child's graduation year today?

So far during our 15 Days of Giving for The Siena School Scholarship Fund, we’ve seen great generosity from our community. In only 5 days, we're over 25% of the way to our scholarship goal of $50,000.

Parents, today is your challenge day: You can help us reach our scholarship goal by honoring your child’s graduation with a donation that matches their graduating class ($20.21, $20.22, and so on)! 

To make your donations even more impactful, Jilly and David Darefsky have agreed to

match the first $500 in donations made today. 

As always, every one, every year, and every donation matters. Help us continue funding more Siena students’ futures by donating today. 

Day 5

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Day 4

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Will you accept the challenge of helping us get 15 new recurring donors for the scholarship fund?

Setting up a monthly donation for $15, $150, or $1,500 allows you to support The Siena School Scholarship fund regularly, easily, and with lasting impact. 

The math is simple but long-lasting and effective: Donating $15/month becomes $180/year. The next levels are $150/month (which becomes $1,800/year) and $1,500/month (which becomes $18,000/year). 

Spend only a few minutes setting up your recurring donation to help fund Siena students’ futures.

Unlocked: $10,000 Video

Everywhere you'll see Ms. Wendell, Ms. Fabijanic, and more in Siena's Full House video.

Unlocked: $5,000 Video

Bundle up and watch our Head of School Jilly Darefsky do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Siena Impact Story: Amy and Jeffrey

Listen to these middle-school parents discuss how Siena has impacted their family.

Day 3

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We’re incredibly grateful. 

After only 2 days, we’ve made great progress toward our goal of $50,000 for The Siena School Scholarship Fund. We’ve already seen Wiley’s dance moves, and just this morning we unlocked our next 2 videos. Now we get to see Ms. D. do the Ice Bucket Challenge and (later today) the faculty's Full House video!

Whether you make a one-time or recurring donation to the scholarship fund between now and March 15, you’ll still be making a measurable difference in students’ lives. For the next 12 days and beyond, every one, every year, and every donation matters. 

Unlocked: $1,500 Video

Great work starting the celebration strong! Now let's watch Wiley dancing up a storm!

Day 2

We’ve established giving benchmarks of $1,500, $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000 on our way to $50,000 in the next 2 weeks. Once we reach each benchmark, we’ll share videos and other memories from Siena’s past—such as our Head of School doing the Ice Bucket Challenge ($5,000), the faculty’s Full House video ($10,000), and more.

Join us as we share some fun memories from Siena’s past and, along the way, fund more Siena futures.

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At Siena our granddaughter found a school where she was seen, heard, understood, and honored as a learner and as a person. [...] At Siena, our granddaughter found a school where she found—and could be—herself. —Siena Family 

If you would like to make a donation via check, please do so by mailing the check to:

Greater Washington Community Foundation
PO Box 49010
Baltimore, MD 21297-4910

Please address your checks to: The Siena School Scholarship Fund/Greater Washington Community Foundation.

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