What is the Annual Fund? The Annual Fund is our primary fundraising program that helps bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. Unlike tuition, donations to the Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible. Contributions ensure our operating budget is met: teacher salaries, education materials, facility maintenance and tuition assistance are all supported by the Annual Fund. In addition, the Annual Fund supports St. John enrichment programs such as art, music, physical education, technology and science labs. It is critical we receive 100% community participation as grants and corporate matching programs are more receptive to schools with 100% parent participation.
How much should I donate? We encourage our parents to make St. John’s their highest philanthropic priority while their children are students here. While it is important to keep in mind there is a $1000 gap per child between tuition and the actual cost of education, a gift of any amount is encouraged and appreciated! Annual fund gifts range in size from under $10 to over $10,000. We ask each person or family to participate at a level appropriate for their circumstances—but it is crucial we achieve 100% participation.
Why is it so important to achieve 100% parent participation? Each donation represents benefits beyond the direct financial contribution. St. Johns values the inclusive nature of its community and participation in the Annual Fund is an important priority. In addition, many foundations we will apply to for grants will look more closely at participation figures. Such foundations are more likely to support schools demonstrating 100% participation. NO GIFT IS TOO SMALL TO ACHIEVE 100% PARTICIPATION.
This is what the Annual Fund has helped accomplished in the PAST: Computer lab updated with new computers, software and furniture Computer networked school and state-of-the-art technology program Designated Computer and Science Lab Teacher Designated Library and Resource Learning Center Creation of an Art Studio and student Art Program Maintenance of School Garden Part-time Math teacher Music instruction Science Lab New Science software to support Smartboards Sports equipment With your help, these are FUTURE DREAMS the Annual Fund can accomplish:Performing arts programs and stage improvements Ongoing promotion and expansion of student diversity within Catholic Education Continuing education for faculty and staff Continuous upgrades of curricular software and textbooks Continued expansion of Technology Program Expanded foreign language programming.