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There are a number of ways to donate. Click on Give Online to make your donation now, or click on the tabs to find out more about the other ways to give.

Give with a Red Envelope

Use the special SAS Red Envelope to drop off RMB cash or USD check to the special locked boxes in each divisional office on either campus. Either you or your child may drop off the envelope.

Give at a Campus Cashier

Use a Visa, MasterCard, UnionPay credit card, or RMB cash. Complete a donation card and bring it to the cashier’s window on either campus.

Give with a Wire Transfer

U.S. citizens may choose to write a bank check or arrange a wire transfer to the “Friends of Shanghai American School Foundation,” a non profit organization and registered 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts to the Foundation are deductible for U.S. income-tax purposes. For wiring instructions, please contact Crickett Kasper at

SAS students in one of the new garden spaces funded by Edge For Excellence dollars.

Our Edge for Excellence

for our community, by our community

Our Edge for Excellence is Shanghai American School’s annual campaign to raise funding for important initiatives that enhance the experience and education of our students. These initiatives go above and beyond the financial resources of tuition and fees to ensure that our students have the edge to succeed in everything they do, now and in their futures.

Our Edge for Excellence is a school-wide program that touches our full community, on Puxi and Pudong campuses. Some of the special programs and initiatives that have been made possible by Our Edge for Excellence campaigns in recent years include the establishment of the Excellence in Education Speaker Series, Mission Award: For Life Long Learners, and SAS TV; the enhancement of signature programs like the Artists in Residence Program, the Lushan Experience, and Microcampus; and the creation of learning spaces that support our DREAMS like the Teaching Kitchen, DREAMS Hub and DREAMS Lab, the Center for Inquiry and Design, the Design Studio, and Recording Studio.

Many other enhancements to our school have been made possible for our community, by our community through Our Edge for Excellence. Gifts from parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of SAS have left their mark on our school and continue to be an important source of inspiration and support for SAS.

Our Edge for Excellence campaign for the 2017-2018 school year will begin in November.

Our Edge for Excellence FAQ

Why do we have Our Edge for Excellence?

Our Edge for Excellence is SAS’s annual appeal to raise money for our students for special opportunities that are not covered by tuition and school fees. These enhancements give our students the edge as they prepare for university and beyond.

What is the goal for our Edge for Excellence this year?

Our goal for Our Edge for Excellence 2017 is to raise 3,000,000 RMB in support of two important, school-wide initiatives: 2,000,000 RMB for SAS TV and 1,000,000 RMB for the Artists in Residence program.

Why don’t we just raise the tuition?

Giving to the Edge for Excellence Campaign is more than just "paying a bill.” It is about making a conscious choice to invest in our community. By supporting the school through voluntary contributions, each family can give according to their financial ability. In addition, Edge for Excellence gifts are tax deductible in America. If you make a gift on-line though our giving page it goes to our Friends of Shanghai American School Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the IRS recognizes your donation as a charitable gift.

How much should I give?

Over the past several years, Our Edge for Excellence gifts from the community have ranged from US$15 to US$100,000, with the average gift being about US $200. We ask every SAS family to participate each year at a level that is personally comfortable for them.

Who should I speak to about making a gift to SAS? What if I have more questions?

Our Development staff is happy to speak with you about supporting SAS. If you would like to make a gift or if you have any questions about Our Edge for Excellence, please contact Crickett Kasper at
or +86-21-6221-1445 extension 2256.

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