Annual Giving Campaign
The Annual Giving campaign is an annual investment opportunity in the school’s mission. For a school to maintain and expand its qualities of excellence, it depends on the financial support and commitments of each member of its community. It is the largest fundraising event of the year, and intended for every family.
The monetary goal for 2020-2021 is $110,000.
The other goal we aim to reach every year is 100% parent participation. This is especially important as we continue to seek grants from foundations that measure the health of our school by the percentage of parent participation in our Annual Giving Campaign. We ask that EVERY St. James family donate at a level comfortable for them. Your gift shows you believe in St. James.
The Annual Giving Campaign is one of three intentional fundraisers St. James holds each School Year. As a non-profit organization, we rely solely on fundraising, grants, investments, and tuition to keep St. James open.
In the past, tuition has covered approximately 70% of our operation costs. Unfortunately, tuition is only covering 54% this year. Annual Giving gets us one step closer to closing the gap by covering an additional 5-6% of our budget. This enables us to provide the resources necessary to maintain an outstanding educational experience for our scholars.
Only the individual donor can determine what amount is appropriate. The expectation level is that every family will participate at a level comfortable to them. The only investment that is too small is no investment at all! If you gave last year (thank you!), please consider increasing your gift this year. Your generosity will help to enhance and provide the extras that equate to an excellent and well-rounded educational experience.
The Annual Fund participation measures how strongly our parents support the School. When we participate, regardless of the size of the gift, we demonstrate confidence in our School’s mission and education. A high participation rate will open opportunities for St. James to acquire additional funding from corporations and foundations. Parental support enables us to keep tuition costs affordable while maintaining quality. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.
You can pay by cash or check in one payment or installments, by credit card here, on the Venmo app (@StJamesCC), by electronic funds transfer, or even by transfer of appreciated stock.
You may make a pledge now by completing our online pledge form and pay it before May 31st. Did you know that through a St. James education, whole families are enriched, God is served, and children’s destinies are engraved? Your Annual Giving investment is just one more way to pay it forward.
Other FAQ's regarding Annual Giving
- OWL Curriculum for the Primary School
- Spalding Phonics Training for Faculty
- Depth and Complexity Training for Faculty
- Building a strong Math Curriculum for all grades
- High-Level Athletics Programs
- Enrichment Programs to fulfill the School’s Mission Statement
Participating at the “Spring Fling” fundraiser (or other fundraising activities) is very important, but it is different from making an investment to the SJES Annual Giving Campaign. Buying an auction item or purchasing a ticket to the Fundraiser is a “quid pro quo” transaction and it is not 100% tax deductible.
Annual Giving gifts are typically undesignated gifts that give the Head of School and Trustees the flexibility to meet urgent priorities. Supporting the Annual Giving campaign is a statement about your belief in St. James and its programs and our collective belief in educating servant leaders.