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Giving FAQ's


Why does the school ask us for contributions in addition to what we already send to the school in tuition and fees?
Tuition does not cover the total cost to educate a student. Charitable gifts raised in support of the Annual Giving Fund and Beau Geste Auction are designed to bridge the financial gap between tuition income and actual operating costs of the school.

Why doesn't the school charge enough to cover operating costs?
St. Mary’s School strives to maintain tuition at a level that enables families of every socio-economic level the ability to provide a Christian education for their child while continuing to provide academic excellence.

What are the St. Mary's School yearly giving opportunities?
There are many opportunities to support SMES, however the Annual Giving Fund is the major fundraising opportunity of the year and is vital to the annual operating budget. The Annual Giving Fund drive is held during the Fall months of either September or October. Gifts to the Annual Giving Fund are tax deductible. Another important giving opportunity is through support of the Beau Geste auction held in early spring. Funds contributed to the auction are tax deductible over fair market value, or fully tax deductible for gifts which underwrite the event.

Can we make a gift to a specific purpose?
While the Annual Fund seeks unrestricted gifts, if there is a project you are interested in supporting, please let us know.

Does St. Mary's approach foundations and local businesses to support the school?
Yes, SMES development efforts include approaching area foundations and local businesses. Many foundations are interested in the initial support received from family, friends, Board of Directors, faculty, and staff. SMES challenges our family and friends to prayerfully consider support of the Annual Fund. It is our desire to have the largest percentage of family and friends participation when foundations are approached.

May we make a contribution of something other than cash?
Yes, there are many ways to support SMES. Please view the “Ways to Give SMES” page located on the Development website for a listing of the many ways you can support SMES.

Can we make a gift anonymously?
Yes, when you make your contribution, please note that you would like to be anonymous and we will be happy to honor your request.

My company offers a matching gift program. Would the school be interested in this program?
Yes, matching gifts are an easy way to double your contribution to the school. Please let us know if your company offers this program.

How much have others given?
The only gift too small is no gift at all. Previous donors have provided for our current student population and current donors will provide for future generations.

Is our gift tax-deductible?
All contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Upon receipt of a gift, a tax receipt is issued for each individual gift.