Giving Opportunities

The Campaign for SYA goes beyond the fulfillment of a dollar goal —it is a symbol of our collective commitment to “paying it forward” for future generations. All contributions, large and small, and all stretch gifts beyond the SYA Fund have never mattered more.

Whether in an SYA classroom or out in the community, these life-changing experiences would not be possible without the collective generosity of many. We invite you to consider how you can make an even greater impact this year as we near the end of The Campaign for SYA.

Campaign Countdown Match

A group of alumni will match every gift and pledge* to The Campaign for SYA, dollar-for-dollar, up to $500,000 given between April 1 and June 30, 2021.

*Gifts and pledges of $25,000 or more will be matched at $25,000. 

Learn more about the Campaign Countdown Match


Leadership Giving Opportunities

Alvarez Multiplier Match

Understanding that significant fundraising efforts require leadership-level support to be successful, former SYA trustee and SYA France parent Carlos Alvarez has offered $1,000,000 in matching funds to leadership-level campaign donors and prospects with a 25% multiplier match toward their campaign commitments.

Learn more about the Alvarez Multiplier Match


Women’s Giving Initiative

As we observe the 50th anniversary of welcoming young women as students to School Year Abroad, we will honor and celebrate the women of SYA during the 2020–2021 school year. It was a revolutionary move in 1970 for girls to be educated alongside boys, and especially in a foreign country. Many of the New England boarding schools, including SYA’s three original founding schools, had not yet become fully coeducational. But SYA has never been about maintaining the status quo.

Women have been historically generous to SYA. Two alumnae sisters (Natalia ES’86 and Veronica FR’81 Bulgari) and their family made the first million-dollar gift to SYA in 2011 to establish The Halsey Fund. Of the 26 donors currently committed at $100,000 or more to our first-ever comprehensive capital campaign, The Campaign for SYA, eleven of them are women. Those eleven women have given a collective total of more than $3,502,000.

As we enter the final year of fundraising for The Campaign for SYA, there is an opportunity for the women of SYA to showcase their deep commitment to SYA at new levels. And the need has never been greater.

Learn more about the Women’s Giving Initiative


Multiyear Giving Opportunities

While fundraising for the campaign will end on June 30, 2021, pledge payments can be made out as far as June 30, 2026 and payment structures are very flexible. Some donors make a lump sum gift, others have divided pledge payments equally over five years, and some give in increasing or decreasing increments depending on their personal financial plans. You control the terms of your pledge.

Make a pledge to The Campaign for SYA