Philanthropy at St. Pius X
There are countless ways to give at St. Pius X and as a school, we rely on each of these to continue to provide the highest quality education possible for our students.
Each year, the Office of Advancement reaches out and requests the support of our entire school community for the Annual Fund, the largest and most important fundraising project of the year. In this campaign, participation is key and the unrestricted dollars are used to fund the school's basic operations, including faculty salaries and benefits. Funds raised are used to bridge the gap between the actual cost to educate students and the cost of tuition, an averaged difference of $1,546 per student. To learn more, please click here.
This year, we are also raising funds for the Ring the Bells Capital Campaign. Capital campaigns occur on an as-needed basis and are used to fund campus additions and large improvements; things not covered by the school's annual budget or tuition. The last time Pius conducted a capital campaign was in 2008. This campaign looks to raise $12 million for the benefit of current students and generations to come in various areas of campus life. To learn more, please click here.
In addition to the Annual Fund and capital campaign, donors can also support the school through the Endowment Fund, which serves as a long-term "savings account" for need-based scholarships, faculty and student enrichment, and unrestricted funds for the growing needs of St. Pius X. The Endowment is an invested pool of money that provides a reliable source of income, providing annual distributions to continue the work of St. Pius X. All contributions are held in perpetuity and St. Pius X uses only annual earnings from these funds, leaving the principal intact. There are three general types of funds within the larger St. Pius X Endowment - scholarships, faculty and student enrichment, and unrestricted support. Currently the Endowment is made up of over 80 individual funds including the school's general fund, which provides unrestricted support for the school. To learn more, give to a scholarship, or find out more on creating your own endowment fund for St. Pius X, please click here.
Restricted giving is another generous way to support St. Pius X, in which donors may specify a specific need in any area of the school. Restricted gifts also fund specific items and programs not covered by the school budget. A real life equivalent of a restricted gift would be wish list items you could not otherwise afford. Click here to learn more.
Finally, planned giving through the Chi-Rho Society is a once in a lifetime gift in which you can help ensure the financial future of the school. It provides an opportunity for you to help shape and sustain the future of St. Pius X Catholic High School and make a lasting contribution. The Chi-Rho Society recognizes donors who have made provisions for St. Pius X in their financial and estate planning. Each August we honor Chi Rho Society members at the annual Deo Gratias Society Luncheon presented by the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia. Contact Director of Advancement Jenn Sedlack for more information.
Redirecting Your Taxes for Tuition Assistance
The GRACE Scholars program allows taxpayers to redirect their state taxes to St. Pius X to be used for student scholarships. This easy and beneficial program makes an incredible diference to families in need of financial aid. To learn more, visit the GRACE website by clicking here.
In addition to these, so many of our families also give time and talent through their volunteer work and by purchasing memberships to our parent organizations. Each of these ways to give is SO important and we would not be the St. Pius X you know and love without them! Thank you to all who have and who continue to support us in all of our endeavors.