Skagit Valley Hospital

Client Success Story

Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences

Seattle, Washington
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences

An independent secondary school, Seattle Academy “equips its students for the world they will both inherit and create.” To fulfill that promise, it needed exceptional, purpose-built facilities.

The Challenge

Seattle Academy’s vision requires it to complete one of the largest campaigns ever for an independent school in the Northwest. The plan calls for a new home for the Middle School and Foreign Language programs, increased purpose-built science facilities, and a community-strengthening learning commons for the Upper School.


The Approach

Through 35 personal interviews with current and alumni parents, meetings with key staff, three focus groups (one each with Board, faculty, and students), and an online survey of the parent community, Collins collected opinions from over 500 constituents regarding the overall vision, community benefit, and financial feasibility of the vision. Based on the findings of this campaign planning study, Collins concluded Seattle Academy could move forward with the campaign, and we were then engaged as campaign counsel.


The Results

Significant leadership gifts (over $12 million in the first six months) proved that the campaign would succeed, and by May of 2016 SAAS had raised $29.9 million of the $35 million goal. The new and upgraded facilities, including a STREAM (science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts, and math) building that opened in 2015, will add critical space for learning support, problem-solving, and collaboration.

Having Collins just a phone call away has been incredibly important as we've reached milestone decisions in our campaign. They offer fresh perspectives and insights on best practices, and they test our assumptions—our decisions are better with their guidance."

Erin Culbertson