You may find the Annual Fund Frequently Asked Questions helpful. Please take a few moments to review them. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Ansley Murphey, Director of Development by email or by phone in the school office.
Annual Fund FAQs
Q: What is the Saint Thomas More School Annual Fund Campaign?
A: The Annual Fund campaign is kicked off in the fall of each school year. Both financial gifts and gifts of prayer are requested for Saint Thomas More School from current parents, faculty and staff, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends. 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.
Q: What happens to the money raised through the Annual Fund?
A: Saint Thomas More School is responsible for $80,000 per year on the construction debt service for the multi-purpose building and remodeled school entrance and offices. The money raised through the Annual Fund is traditionally applied towards this annual payment. If we reach or exceed our goal each year, the additional money raised goes directly back to the school for special projects that are not budgeted for.
Q: What is our goal?
A: Our ultimate goal is to raise enough money through the Annual Fund to cover the $80,000 annual payment that the School is responsible for on the debt service of the multi-purpose building and renovated school entrance and offices. Our participation goal is 100% from our parents and our faculty and staff.
Q: How much should I contribute?
A: 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.
Q: What is the difference between the Annual Fund and the PTO fundraisers?
A: The funds raised through the Annual Fund and the PTO Fundraisers help us keep our tuition level at a minimum. The Annual Fund helps the school make our annual payment on the note for the multi-purpose building and renovated front entrance and offices. The PTO fundraisers help to pay for such items as classroom supplies, our annual artist-in-residence, faculty and staff professional development, technology, and curriculum enhancement. The PTO also contributes $30,000 each year from its income to help the school pay for the debt service. Without the Annual Fund and the PTO 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 Saint Thomas More School.
Q: What are matching gifts?
A: 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.
Q: How can I give?
A: If you would like to make a gift to our Annual Fund, please download the pledge card and mail it with your check to Saint Thomas More School, 630 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.
Each and every gift is truly appreciated, is 100% tax deductible, and will be acknowledged in the Saint Thomas More School Annual Report, unless anonymity is desired.
More Questions? Contact:
Director of Development