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As we prepare to enter the Lenten season, the Development Office invites you to join us for our spring Annual Fund campaign. This year, in an effort to focus on our faith-based foundation, the campaign coincides with Lent. Starting Ash Wednesday, we will share three newsletters centered around the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and generous giving. We encourage you to follow our journey as we share stories of community members who make a difference. It is our hope that this campaign offers an opportunity to reflect and focus on our faith and be called to act.
Be sure to look out for the first email, which will arrive in your inbox this Wednesday!
St. Pius X relies on Annual Fund contributions to support the current year’s budget. The 2015-2016 Annual Fund will be used in its entirety to help cover the difference between the tuition per student and the actual cost to educate each student. Our 2015-2016 Annual Fund goal is to raise $750,000 and to increase participation in all of our constituent groups.
The Annual Fund was established in 1988 to encourage and recognize the loyalty and support of alumni, parents, parents of alumni, grandparents and friends of St. Pius X. Annual Fund gifts, which are unrestricted (allowing the school to determine their use), relieve the burden on tuition and assist with the daily needs of St. Pius X.
Why does St. Pius X have an Annual Fund?
Tuition does not cover the cost of most private schools’ program needs. Therefore, these schools must raise funds over and above tuition to bridge the funding gap. At St. Pius X, tuition covers about 85 percent of the cost of educating a student, estimated to be about $1,200 per child. The Annual Fund, the largest and most important fund raising project of the year, is the primary means by which the cost to operate St. Pius X is funded. Without the Annual Fund, St. Pius X would have to dramatically raise tuition or undertake steep budget cuts.
Who is asked to participate in the Annual Fund?
The entire St. Pius X community—alumni and alumnae, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents of current students and alumni, and friends—are invited to participate in the Annual Fund. Solicitation letters and pledge envelopes are sent to all constituents in the fall.
Another way to give is through your company’s matching gift program. Last year, we received nearly $50,000 in matching gifts. More information regarding this program is available here.
How are Annual Fund dollars used?
Annual Fund revenues are a part of the budgeted general operating revenues of St. Pius X. They are not “bonus dollars.” St. Pius X must have these monies to keep from operating at a deficit. To the extent Annual Fund donations exceed the budgeted amount; they will be used to address other fiscal needs of the school as determined by the principal.
When are Annual Fund gifts due?
To ensure that you are properly recognized in the school's Annual Report published in the fall, please make your gift by May 31. Pledges and final payments for Annual Fund contributions are due no later than June 30.