Individual Giving

Why Give?

Class and program tuition only cover about 65% of the cost of running our programs. Contributions made to SANCA’s Annual Fund help to underwrite the organization’s day-to-day operations – from the van that enables community outreach to our enrollment registrars and more. These contributions help ensure SANCA’s educational and artistic excellence and financial stability.

You can also choose to designate your support to specific programming at SANCA:

Youth Scholarships

Many of the youth who need SANCA the most cannot afford to pay, and receive tuition assistance to attend classes. No student will be turned away due to lack of funds. Twenty percent of SANCA’s students receive tuition assistance. In 2015, SANCA gave $155,789 in aid to 594 students. In the past 12 years, 3,268 students have received $862,645 in tuition support.

Eloise H. Mathews believed in people following their dreams. Each of her seven children have had different hobbies and goals and she supported each of them in all they chose to do. Three of her children have been heavily involved in the circus community and specifically SANCA. Her daughter Crystal is the founding director of SANCA’s Cirrus Circus (formerly the Youth Performance Company).  Her son Steven was a member of the original Youth Performance Company. He began his circus training when he was 5 years old. He stayed in the performance company until he graduated in 2015. Daughter Katie has been a backstage volunteer at many of her siblings’ shows, and started working at SANCA as a facilities assistant in 2016. Throughout all of her children’s circus careers, beginning 19 years ago, Eloise supported and cheered them on. She attended every performance and many practices. She was a dedicated and tireless volunteer for the Youth Company shows, and even produced two circus benefit shows, which were in actuality SANCA’s first two performances, giving some well-known circus performers their first professional performance gigs. Eloise believed that people could accomplish anything if they tried hard enough and she showed that through her constant support of the circus community in Seattle.

The Eloise H Mathews Youth Performance Scholarship Fund makes it possible for youth to participate in SANCA’s youth performance programs regardless of ability to pay, and is dedicated to her memory.

Social Circus - Every Body's Circus

Every Body’s Circus offers therapeutic circus classes and specialized instruction for youth with trauma- or mood-related disorders, and disabilities ranging from Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism, to cerebral palsy, hemiparesis, spina bifida, blindness, and deafness. In 2013 SANCA began running summer camps and ongoing classes for youth with hemiparesis. In 2015 SANCA added summer camps for youth with autism.

Social Circus Outreach

SANCA’s outreach program partners on a sliding-scale/pro-bono basis with schools and organizations that work with youth who are marginalized, underserved, homeless or otherwise at-risk. This program works to empower youth, promote trust and cooperation, and encourage a fit and healthy lifestyle. Students and teachers report increased confidence, health, and physical ability; and improved academics and interpersonal relationships.

Youth Performance Program

SANCA’s youth performance program is an immersive, multi-year program that gives youth ages 5 to 18 a unique arts experience and a progressive track to develop performance skills based on traditional and modern circus arts. They create and perform original acts at major festivals in Seattle, and they produce their own show each year.

“Samantha is having the time of her life. Finally in a setting of comfort and care without judgment. I have found a light in my daughter’s eyes. Please know that your personal interest in the children does wonders for their self-esteem. She wakes up every day asking if she can go to circus class.” —Sam’s Mom

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Ways to Give

Gifts to SANCA can be made by cash, check, credit card, stock, or through donor-advised funds. Monthly giving plans of any size can be arranged. Please make checks payable to SANCA. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted. To make a gift to SANCA, call the Development Department at 206-257-4106, or make an online contribution. We’re happy to answer all your questions!

Matching Gifts

Many companies match charitable contributions and your employer might be one of them. Your contribution to SANCA can be doubled with a matching gift from your workplace. Contact your company’s human resources department and complete a matching gift form. Most companies now use online systems. You may occasionally need to mail a form to SANCA. If you have questions, contact SANCA’s Development Officer at 206-257-4106.

SANCA thanks the following companies that have matched their employees’ contributions:

Adobe;  Ameriprise Financial; Amgen; Bank of America; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Boeing Company; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Cambia Health Foundation; Expedia; Getty Images, Inc; Google; McKesson Foundation; Merck; Microsoft; MSNCB; Pop Agency;  Salesforce; Starbucks Coffee Company

This list is not all-inclusive.

tumbletrak_fullday6-9_070813_0532Please check with your human resources department to see if your gift can be matched.


Donor-Advised Funds

SANCA accepts gifts made through donor-advised funds. Donor-advised fund distributions apply toward your annual giving level and offer tax advantages but often follow specific guidelines. Please contact the organization holding your fund for more information on making charitable contributions. Fund holders at The Seattle Foundation can visit SANCA’s Profile on The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG website.

Stock Gifts

SANCA welcomes your gift of stock. There are often considerable tax advantages when making a contribution via a stock gift. For more information, consult your tax specialist for details. Please SANCA’s Development Officer at 206-257-4106 for more information about how to make a gift of stock.

Giving via Online Shopping

Some online merchants will donate a percentage of their sales to SANCA. It’s a great way to shop and support SANCA at the same time. When you shop online at AmazonSmile, a percentage of the price of your eligible purchases will be donated to SANCA.

 Legacy Gifts

Legacy gifts are an investment in SANCA’s future or a means to honor someone. Gifts in perpetuity include bequests, charitable remainder and lead trusts, charitable gift annuities, beneficiary designations, retirement plan gifts and life insurance designations. These planned gifts may provide significant tax savings and are a way to leave a permanent legacy. Planned gifts can be designated to Annual Operating Expenses, the Youth Scholarship Fund, Every Body’s Circus, the Circus Outreach program, and the Youth Performance Program.

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Honorary and Memorial Gifts

Making a gift to SANCA is a wonderful way to honor or memorialize a friend or family member passionate about circus and SANCA’s role in bringing circus arts and education to everyone in our community. All honorary and memorial gifts are directed to SANCA’s Endowment, unless otherwise instructed. To learn more or explore additional planned giving possibilities, please contact SANCA’s Development Officer at 206-257-4106.