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Annual Fund: Thank you to all those who supported the Annual Fund for the 2014-2015 school year. Highlights of the year included a grant from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund of $15,000 for financial assistance and a grant from the B.P. Lester and Regina John Foundation for $7,500. We also qualified for the Joseph Weston $12,500 matching grant for our Support a Student Tuition Assistance Fund and raised $15,000 in matching donations for our school's Endowment Fund. Your generosity is a true testament to the support and commitment of our wonderful Christ the King parish and school community.
As we continue our mission in the 2015-2016 school year of providing a quality Catholic education for all who seek one, we ask that you once again consider a gift to the Christ the King Catholic School Annual Fund.
We are pleased to announce that we have already been awarded $10,000 in a Challenge Grant from the B.P., Lester and Regina John Foundation and $2,000 from the St. Martin de Porres Trust for our Support a Student Tuition Assistance Program for the upcoming school year. In additional, the Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation has graciously agreed to match up to $12,500 towards our Support A Student Tuition Assistance Program and up to $15,000 for our Endowment for Education Fund.
Thank you for the grace that inspires you to be generous in support of our school.
Melanie McCaffrey, Development Director
1. Why does CTK need an Annual Fund Campaign?
Tuition and fees only cover 80% of the full cost to educate a child here; in order to keep tuition affordable, our school relies on parish subsidy, parent-led fundraising programs and our development campaigns such as the Annual Fund to broaden our base of support and ensure financial stability.
2. What is the goal of the Annual Fund Campaign, and how will the gifts be used?
Our budget goal is to raise unrestricted cash gifts from donors to meet
needs. All gifts received will be used for general operating expenses in the coming 12 months such as:
Who participates in the Annual Fund Campaign?
- Increasing Support-A-Student Tuition Assistance
- Updating Textbooks & Curriculum
- Adding Multimedia Library Materials
- Expanding Teacher Training
- Upgrading Computer Hardware/Software
- Enhancing Art & Music Programs
- Meeting Rising Utility & Insurance Costs
- Maintaining Buildings, Grounds, & Equipment benefiting all Ministries
Donors include parishioners, school families, friends, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff. As well, corporate and foundation matching grants comprise several of our campaign gifts, and there is once again a $12,500 matching grant opportunity from the Joseph Weston Foundation for gifts given by non-school family donors.
4. What is the timeline for this Campaign?
The Annual Appeal is run through out the entire school calendar year starting with our first mailing in September, our Annual Report in the December, additional mailings during Catholic Schools Week and our Lead Gift solicitation in early March, followed by the Annual Fund Parent Pledge Program during tuition contract time. The last phase is a pulpit appeal and a targeted phone-a-thon to past donors. The campaign concludes June 30th.
5. Can my Annual Fund gift be matched by my employer and/or United Way?
Depending on your employer, most charitable gifts to an elementary school can be matched. For information regarding your employer's matching gifts policy, please contact your company’s Human Relations office. United Way contributions can also be directed to Christ the King Catholic School.
6. Can I charge my gift, or have donations automatically deducted from my checking or savings account?
Yes to both! Donors can charge their Annual Fund gift to their VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit cards. Gifts can be charged using the link above, or or via a campaign pledge card. As well, donor can request gifts be deducted via electronically funds transfer (EFT) from a checking or savings account following completion of an authorization form which must be signed and returned to the Development Office with a canceled check attached. Or you can
7. What is the school doing to control tuition increases?
The decision was made a few years ago by our School Advisory Council to keep tuition below a 4% increase each year if possible. We are proud to say that due to our fundraising efforts and a sound and fiscally responsible budgeting process, we have been able to keep that promise. Last year, our school's tuition increase was only 2%.
How do the students and school give back to our parish and local community?
Last year, CTK middle school students logged in over 5410 service hours and our K-8th grade students collected $2,500 cash, plus over 3,000 lbs. of food and clothing to various service organizations. Within our parish, students supported the Altar Society Holiday Cookie Faire and Madonna House Baby Shower, St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Drive, Penny Power Campaign for the Downtown Chapel, plus gave over 300 hours annually in service as altar servers for liturgies. Other worthy organizations that our students donated service hours to were Blanchett House and Camp Exceptional. Our Parish Religious Education Program which teaches the Catholic faith to over 200 children and adults uses the school building and equipment weekly and in the summer; the playground serves as a neighborhood recreational area on evenings and weekends to local residents.