Annual giving is the financial life-blood of any school. Simply put, the Annual Fund is the best way possible for parents, alumni, parishioners, grandparents, parents of alumni and friends to help make a financial difference in the future of St. Cecilia School. The Annual Fund is the basis of a comprehensive Advancement Program. It helps to sustain operating expenses and enhances the programs and services offered to students and faculty. An annual gift to the operating budget is a tangible vote of confidence in your school’s total program. Annual Fund gifts can be made online.
Why is the Annual Fund necessary?
Our Annual Fund is necessary to sustain the life of the school through enriched academic programs, faculty development and enhancements to technology. Tuition cannot cover all the goals we strive to achieve. Therefore, a charitable tax deductible Annual Fund gift gives the best opportunity for everyone to support our efforts at St. Cecilia School. Truly, an Annual Fund gift is a vote of confidence for the faculty, staff, board, volunteers and all who are continuing to work to better St. Cecilia Catholic School.
Why not just raise tuition, rather than solicit gifts?
Although raising tuition is necessary each year, we know it will not solve the ongoing needs the school faces. In reality, to generate the total support necessary to meet our cost to educate each child, we would have to increase our tuition in excess of $1,200 to cover the overall operating costs. To avoid this, most private schools rely on an annual giving model to sustain their programs. This affords an opportunity for all constituencies: parents, alumni, parishioners, grandparents, parents of alumni and friends to support the mission and vision of the school at a level that is comfortable to them on an annual basis. It also provides a tax deductible charitable gift opportunity for each donor.
Who is being asked to participate?
All constituencies are asked to make an annual gift: board members, faculty, staff, parents, parishioners, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni and friends.
What are the Giving Clubs?
The various Giving Clubs are a method or approach to securing a number of gifts at all levels. If our Annual Fund is to be successful, it must reflect the balance between leadership gifts and broad spectrum participation. Giving Clubs provide an opportunity for all donors to be recognized and acknowledged at the level of their generosity to St. Cecilia School.
How long do I have to pay my commitment?
The Annual Fund has been designed to afford donors an opportunity to pay their commitment on an annual basis any time before June 30 of the current school year. Installment giving provides a vehicle for each donor to maximize their gift by scheduling their contribution in smaller and more convenient increments.
What are Matching Gifts and will I get credit for them with my commitment to the school?
Matching Gifts are gifts an employer will give to an educational institution or other non-profits as an employee benefit. They match the gift given by an employee on a 1:1, 2:1 or 3:1 basis. In the Annual Fund, we will give full credit to the donor for any gift they make, as well as any match their employer makes. Now you can now search an online database of companies that match gifts to make submitting your matching gift much easier. Your spouse may qualify for a matching gift as well. Also, some companies such as ExxonMobil, will give the school a grant for volunteer hours worked at the school. The best thing to do is ask your Human Resources deparment for information on qualifying gifts.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. Gifts to St. Cecilia School are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law and may be made in the form of cash, check, credit card or stock transfer.