Annual Fund FAQs
- What is Annual Fundfirst, and why do we need it?
- How much should I give?
- How big does my gift need to be in order to help?
- I want to contribute, but I can’t pay for it all right away. Can I pledge or pay in installments?
- I've heard about matching funds—how does that work?
- How will I be recognized for my gift? Can my gift be anonymous?
- Who do I contact for more information?
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.
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.
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.