The goal of the Annual Fund is to advance the mission of the school.
Simply put, the Annual Fund is the best way possible for parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, parishioners, 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. Our Annual Fund is necessary to sustain the life of the school through enriched academic programs, faculty development and enhancements to technology.
There are multiple strengths of a strong Annual Fund;
All gifts count – no matter the size – a strong annual fund has at its core high participation from all groups – board members, faculty, staff, parents, parishioners, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni and friends – representing the school community’s commitment not only to Catholic education, but to continuing the mission of St. Cecilia’s.
Gifts made to the Annual Fund are unrestricted – which allows the school’s leadership teams and Board of Directors to allocate those funds to the areas of greatest need within the school.
Tuition covers 85% of the actual cost of a St. Cecilia education. Gifts made to the Annual Fund help to offset the cost difference of what is charged in tuition, and the actual cost of educating each student.
Listed below are some Annual Fund Resources and important updates and links for this year’s Annual Fund.
Gifts can be made as one-time gifts, or as recurring gifts.
With recurring gifts – when a donor enters the amount they would like to give in the amount field on the form, the donor is charged the same amount each month. Donors can set the end date for when they want their recurring gift to end so the donor is in control of the amount and length of time of their gift. The first monthly recurring gift amount is charged immediately, and the same amount will then be charged in the following months, until the donor’s end date is reached.
The ability to make a recurring gift online with your credit card is in essence the same thing as making a pledge, and also helps the school in reducing costs in that pledge reminders do not need to be printed and mailed saving both time and money for the school.
There is a new way to submit your Matching Gift through a searchable database managed by a third party company. The Matching Gifts link in the new online giving form will direct you to a page on the St. Cecilia website where you can search for your company, and your company’s Matching Gift website and information.
Instead of separate fundraisers for “Dress Up Days” – any family who contributes $50 or more to the Annual Fund – all of their children get to participate in the monthly “Dress Up Days”.
Gifts to the St. Cecilia Catholic School Annual Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.