Annual Fund FAQs

What is Annual Fundfirst, and why do we need it?

Annual Fundfirst is the name of the St. Thomas School Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is an opportunity for our school community to support current operations. Nearly all aspects of teaching and learning depend on gifts to the Annual Fund, which is why our Annual Fund was given the name Annual Fundfirst. Like most independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of educating our students. Gifts to Annual Fundfirst, which are tax-deductible, go directly to school programs, faculty professional development, financial aid, salaries, and other day-to-day expenses, helping to close the gap between tuition and the true cost of a St. Thomas School education. Annual Fundfirst supports every child, every teacher, every day. It is our goal that Annual Fundfirst be the top philanthropic priority for every St. Thomas School family.

How much should I give?

Giving is a personal decision—some donors consider their gift an additional investment in their child's education, while others feel that giving expresses their gratitude for the role St. Thomas School has played in their own lives. Gifts to the Annual Fund range in size, from one dollar to many thousands, and our only request is that your gift be commensurate with your capacity to give. For those who are able, we encourage participating with a leadership gift of $2,500 or more.

How big does my gift need to be in order to help?

Every gift is appreciated, and every gift counts. A high level of participation demonstrates that the entire community supports the mission and vision of the school. The only donation that is "too small" is none at all. Meaningful gifts come in all sizes, depending on the ability of the donor to give.

I want to contribute, but I can’t pay for it all right away. Can I pledge or pay in installments?

You can make a one-time gift, pledge now for later payment, or make smaller payments over time. You may pay by cash, check, credit card, appreciated stock, or through workplace giving programs. Select the terms and method that work best for you, and indicate your intentions on your pledge form.

I've heard about matching funds—how does that work?

Many employers will honor their employees' personal donations with a matching gift. Please check with your employer's Human Resources department to see if they offer a matching gift program. If so, be sure to forward your employer's matching gift form with your contribution.

How will I be recognized for my gift? Can my gift be anonymous?

Your name will be listed in St. Thomas School’s Annual Report. For the Annual Fund, names are listed alphabetically by giving level. You have the option to remain anonymous and to not have your name listed at all by indicating so when you make your gift.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Director of Development, Leila Thomas, for more information.