MAKE: the Major Gifts Campaign for Sawtooth

Sawtooth has kicked off the next phase of MAKE, the school’s Major Gifts Campaign.  Starting on May 2, members of Sawtooth’s Board of Directors will spend a few weeks visiting classrooms to update students and instructors on the campaign’s progress to date, and asking them to consider contributing to the effort.

The campaign started last fall with goal of raising $500,000 in major gifts by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.  Sawtooth has raised over $360,000 to date from local community leaders and philanthropists. This is the first time in a number of years that the school has mounted a major campaign over and above its annual appeal for support. According to Sawtooth Executive Director JoAnne Vernon, the school’s leadership is pleased with the progress so far. “The generous donors who have helped us make significant progress toward our goal exemplify the deep appreciation this community has for visual art and the role Sawtooth plays in providing high quality art instruction,” Vernon said.

The funds raised through the campaign will be used to expand Sawtooth’s innovative programming, invest in equipment and faculty, provide greater access to classes through need-based scholarships, and broaden the school’s reach into the community. “We don’t typically go into the classroom to do fundraising, but we really wanted our students and our faculty to understand how important the MAKE campaign is for Sawtooth,” Vernon said. “The investments we make will have a direct impact on them, so we hope they will help support us and give us the steam we need to reach our goal over the next 2 months.”

Pledge cards will be distributed in the classrooms at Sawtooth. Online contributions can be made at

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