WHAT IS ANNUAL GIVING?
|Annual giving is the basis of a comprehensive advancement program in any school. It helps sustain programs, activities, and investments that are not covered by tuition. Simply, annual giving is the best way possible for school constituencies to help make a financial difference in the future of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School and its students. Your investment on an annual basis, at a level that you are comfortable with, helps raise necessary funds for important school objectives.|
|WHY IS ANNUAL GIVING NECESSARY?||The Fund for St. Anthony is necessary to sustain the life of the school through enriched academic and student programs, as well as faculty support. Tuition cannot cover all of the goals that we would like to achieve. Therefore, a charitable tax-deductible annual fund gift gives the best opportunity for all including other constituents to support our efforts at STAOPCS.|
|WHY NOT JUST RAISE TUITION RATHER THAN SOLICIT GIFTS?||Raising tuition to the actual cost of educating each student would place too large a burden on many families, making it impossible for their children to attend St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. By containing tuition costs through your support of the Fund for St. Anthony, we are able to fulfill its commitment to attracting talented as well as diverse students. Additionally, donations to Fund for St. Anthony are 100% tax deductible, and many donations qualify for additional contributions from corporate Matching Gift Programs.|
|ISN'T MY SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL'S OTHER FUNDRAISERS ENOUGH?||The monies generated through other fundraisers such as the Gala help to support the school, but do not offer enough support to meet what we are trying to accomplish for our children at STAOPCS. The $1,400 tuition gap cannot be covered through other fundraisers alone.|
|WHAT IS "THE GAP"?||
The gap is the difference between the cost to educate each student and the amount the parent pays for tuition. STAOPCS does not run in a deficit and the Archdiocese requires a balanced budget. As directed by the Archdiocese, the gap is calculated based on the total expenditures in the operating budget. This gap can fluctuate based on a change in enrollment.
|WHO IS BEING ASKED TO PARTICIPATE?||You are not in this alone. Beyond the assistance from the Parish investment and tuition assistance, parents, staff, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, parishioners, and friends are invited to contribute. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs.|
|WHAT IS THE GIVING LEVELS?||Giving levels are an approach to securing a number of gifts at all levels. Please refer to the donation form for a description of each level. If our Annual Fund is to be successful, it must reflect the balance between leadership gifts and broad participation. We want 100% participation, but we also need for those families that can afford to lead to do so. The Leadership Society has been formed to recognize all families who give $1,000 or more, but even small contributions make a difference.|
|HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO PAY MY PLEDGE?||The Fund for St. Anthony has been designed to afford donors an opportunity to pay their pledge any time before June 30. Our progress tracking will reflect only paid pledges.|
|WHAT IS A MATCHING GIFT?||Matching gifts are gifts that an employer will give to an educational institution or other non-profit as an employee benefit by matching the gift made by an employee. You can search for corporations that offer matching gift programs on our website: www.staopcs.org/matchinggifts|
|WILL I GET CREDIT FOR SECURING A MATCHING GIFT WITH MY PLEDGE?||In the Fund for St. Anthony, we will give full credit to the donor for any gift they make as well as any match their employer makes. In many cases, this can be a wonderful way to increase your gift to a higher gift level. For example, a gift of $250 from a donor, matched by their employer on a 1:1 basis for an additional $250, will credit the donor with a $500 gift to STAOPCS.|
|WHEN DOES THE CAMPAIGN BEGIN?||The 2016-2017 campaign kicks off the week of September 12th. Funds will be accepted for this school term until June 30, 2017.|
|CAN I PAY BY ONLINE?||Yes. You may donate through Donate Online via Credit/Debit. You will find the link on the front page of our website and on the Fund for St. Anthony page.|
|If you would like to make a recurring gift (monthly, weekly, etc.) you must set-up your donation through the Parish Paduan Portal.|
|CAN I PAY BY CHECK?||You may submit a check to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School / Advancement Office / 7901 Bay Branch Drive / The Woodlands, TX 77382. Each contribution plays a huge role in the life of STAOPCS students.|