As the name implies, the Annual Fund is a campaign undertaken every year to support current operations. Almost all aspects of teaching and learning depend on gifts to the Annual Fund, including faculty and staff salaries, professional development, student financial aid, the educational program, classroom materials, library books, and facilities maintenance.
The Annual Fund Committee spearheads the campaign. It is comprised of Co-chairs (usually current parents) and parent classroom representatives; it may also have an Alumni Chair, Grandparents’ Chair, and Chair for Parents of Alumni. The Annual Fund kickoff takes place in the fall and appeals are sent to the entire St. Thomas School family: current and former parents, grandparents, trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, parents of alumni, and friends. Pledges are due by December 31st each year. Gifts and pledge payments are due by June 30th. Gifts of securities are gratefully accepted, as are corporate matching gifts. Please contact the Development Office for detailed information regarding transfer of securities to the school.
A high rate of participation from the Board of Trustees, staff, and families is a primary goal of the Annual Fund. Foundations and corporations look closely to Annual Fund participation as an indicator of loyalty and dedication within a school community. Because grant-makers favor schools that demonstrate strong support from their constituents, the participation level is fundamental to the success of St. Thomas School’s fundraising efforts.
|$50,000 and above||Order of the Acorn|
|$25,000 - $49,999||1951 Founders Society|
|$15,000 - $24,999||Head of School’s Circle|
|$10,000 - $14,999||Esteemed Patrons|
|$5,000 - $ 9,999||Grand Benefactors|
|$2,500 - $4,999||Steadfast Supporters|
|Up to $2,500||Friends|
Timing Year-End Gifts
A gift’s delivery date determines the year of deduction for income tax purposes. In order for your annual giving to live up to its name, make sure you have enough time to complete the gift. If you are mailing your gift, it must be post-marked by midnight on December 31st. To be sure your gifts are processed timely, contact a professional tax advisor to discuss the full range of year-end giving options.
If you are interested in making a year-end gift, please contact the Development Office or call 425.454.5880.
Gifts of Stock
If you make a gift of stock, the date of the gift (when you lose ownership of the asset) is typically the date we receive the stock electronically in our account or the mailing date if stocks are mailed. When making an end-of-year gift of stock, be careful to allow ample time for your instructions to be fulfilled. If the gift is not fully completed on or before December 31, the IRS won’t be forgiving. Only gifts made within a calendar year are deductible for that tax year.