The Annual Fund campaign is kicked off in the fall of each school year. Both financial gifts and gifts of prayer are requested for St. Mary’s School from current parents, faculty/staff, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, friends, and local businesses. The purpose of the Annual Fund is to bridge the gap between the actual cost of educating our students and the income we receive from tuition. Without the Annual Fund we would not be able to keep the annual increase in tuition to a minimum.
SMS is responsible for 40% of the necessary budget. The money raised through the Annual Fund is traditionally applied towards this budget. If we reach or exceed our goal each year, then the money raised goes directly back to the school.
Our ultimate goal is to raise enough money through the Annual Fund to keep our tuition at an affordable rate.
We are truly grateful for each and every gift made to the Annual Fund. Please keep in mind that no gift is too big or too small; it is your demonstration of support that really makes a difference! A high percentage of participation favorably influences outside sources of support (e.g. charitable foundations) when the school applies for grants.
The funds raised through the Annual Fund help us keep our tuition level at a minimum. The Annual Fund helps the School make renovations and operating expenses. The PFO fundraisers help to pay for such items as classroom supplies, faculty/staff professional development, technology, and curriculum enhancement. Without the Annual Fund and the PFO Fundraisers, two very important sources of income, we would be forced to significantly increase our level of tuition. Both of these efforts are important to the success of SMS.
Matching gift programs are offered through many corporations. Companies assist nonprofit organizations by matching an employee’s gift (often dollar for dollar). Please check with your Human Resources Department to see if your company has a Matching Gifts Program.