Support for the Annual Appeal is one of the most important ways families, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, alumni families and other friends can invest in The Friends School of Atlanta. Just as Quaker values infuse all aspects of the life of FSA, so too does the Annual Appeal touch on every part of the FSA experience that helps inspire and guide the hearts, minds and spirits of our students. Like all independent schools, FSA relies on a successful Annual Appeal each year to close the gap between the true cost of educating our students and the revenue provided by tuition and fees alone. In other words, FSA depends on making our Annual Appeal goal each year to fully fund the operating budget, ensuring that FSA can offer a competitive salary and benefits package to its faculty and staff, cover instructional expenses as well as staff development and maintain a safe, clean and secure campus. The Annual Appeal not only provides essential operating support, but also shows to outside funders the degree to which the FSA community is ivested in the success of The Friends School of Atlanta. The loyalty to FSA demonstrated by a gift to the Annual Appeal makes an impressive statement to foundations and corporations considering making a major gift for a capital project, the endowment fund or a special program at The Friends School of Atlanta. In that light, all gifts, no matter how small or large, make a positive impact on the ability of FSA to serve its students.