We already pay tuition, why do we need to donate money to the school?
The Annual Fund helps keep tuitions as low as possible. Like almost all independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of an All Saints education. Funds raised through the Annual Fund bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the cost of running the school, and provides the added resources in order to take our school from good to great.
What does the money from the Annual Fund go toward?
Your investment in the Annual Fund supports all areas of the school: academic programs, teacher salaries, technology, facilities, etc. It also allows us to respond to our budgetary priorities and any unforeseen needs, developments or opportunities that may arise.
What is the difference between the Annual Fund and Spring Auction giving?
The Annual Fund goes immediately into the school’s operating budget to support the ongoing operations of the school. Spring Auction revenue is allocated towards specific initiatives and projects. In past years, auction revenues have gone towards the purchasing of iPads for classroom use, new playground equipment for our Saint Nicholas Center site, and other such initiatives.
Who is asked for gifts?
Everyone in the All Saints community parents, grandparents, alumni, parish, faculty and staff, and friends of the school.
How much should I give?
What you give is entirely up to you, but we hope that All Saints will be a philanthropic priority for every All Saints family and ask that you make a gift that is meaningful to your family. No gift is too small and every gift is important and appreciated. Last year, the average gift size was $1,200, with gifts ranging from $15 to $20,000.
How will my Annual Fund gift be acknowledged?
Your gift will be acknowledged in the Annual Report, which is distributed each fall and lists all donors to the school. If you prefer, you can make your gift anonymously by directing the Development Office to not list your name. If your gift is matched by your employer, the matched amount will be counted towards your total giving and acknowledged as such in the Annual Report.
What is a matching gift?
Many companies will match charitable contributions by their employees. The company helps to support worthy causes and the employee can maximize the amount donated to the charity. Many All Saints parents work for matching gift companies—please check with your human resources department or your employer to see if they will match your gift. If your gift is matched by your employer, the matched amount will be counted towards your total giving and acknowledged as such in the Annual Report.
Why not simply raise the tuition and eliminate the Annual Fund?
Like most other independent schools, All Saints relies on Annual Fund income to bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the expenses associated with operating the School. In addition, gifts to the Annual Fund are completely tax deductible while additional tuition would not be.
I can make only one gift to All Saints. Should I give to the Annual Fund or other school fundraising initiatives?
Although we hope that everyone will participate in other fundraising initiatives, if you have one gift to make, it should be to the Annual Fund. The need to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a student’s education is an ongoing yearly challenge; moreover, the philanthropic dollars donated to the Annual Fund also help All Saints continue to enrich and expand our offerings, allowing us to go from good to great.
What impact will my small gift have?
Every gift, regardless of size, is important and appreciated and brings us closer to reaching our fundraising goal. Gifts of any size inspire more people to give; they are a vote of confidence in our school and our community.