The Annual Giving Program
Annual Giving is where YOU make the difference.
What is the Annual Giving Program?
The Annual Giving Program is a yearly fundraiser that provides unrestricted dollars that are needed for the current-year operating expenses. It makes up nearly 10% of this year's school operating budget, providing support for essential programs and people at St. Matthew’s Parish School. Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a St. Matthew's education.
Annual Giving contributions are high impact: every dollar goes to help every student and every teacher in this community this year. All gifts to The Annual Giving Program are fully tax-deductible. This is the most vital of several ways to support the School.
What does Annual Giving support?
Annual Giving supports everything that sustains the St. Matthew's Parish School experience, including:
- Professional enrichment programs and benefits to attract and retain outstanding faculty and staff.
- Cutting-edge, age-appropriate technology education at all grade levels.
- Athletic programs to build character and teach healthy competition and sportsmanship.
- Opportunities for students’ creative expression and personal growth in the visual and performing arts.
- Financial aid and tuition remission for talented and deserving students.
- Ongoing maintenance of our 28-acre campus including facilities, gardens, playing fields, and grounds.
Annual Giving supports this year's programs and people. Your generosity has an immediate impact!
Annual Giving FAQ
Who donates to The Annual Giving Program?
We ask every school family to make an annual giving contribution. St. Matthew's has a strong tradition of 100% participation in Annual Giving by faculty and staff, trustees, and parents. Alumni, Alumni Parents, Grandparents, Special Friends, and Foundations also give to the Annual Giving Fund. To view a list of donors during the campaign, please log in to the parent portal. All donors are listed in our Annual Report, distributed early Fall to donors and select members of our community.
We encourage everyone who has a special relationship with St. Matthew's to show their support with a gift to the school. Each year, we count on this generosity to make our Annual Giving Campaign a success.
Why is the Percentage of Parent Participation Important?
Our goal is 100% participation, and for the last twelve years, we've only missed that target once by less than a percent! We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment. 100% parent participation is a demonstration of the commitment, endorsement, and dedication to our School.
High participation levels from parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, and staff are an essential measure used to evaluate community-wide support when applying for foundation and corporate gifts. Your gift doubles its impact instantly!
How Much Should I Give?
A gift should be made in an amount that is meaningful and generous for your family! A gift —no matter the size—makes an immediate and lasting impact on the students. Contributions of every size are important and help us reach our goals. We ask all members of the community to support St. Matthew's Annual Giving Program to the best of their ability and we encourage parents to make St. Matthew's a top philanthropic priority.
Tuition is less than the true cost of a St. Matthew's education. As with most independent schools, we rely on Annual Giving contributions for a significant portion of the school's annual operating budget, making up the difference between tuition income and the cost of educating our students. Contributions are 100% tax-deductible. Tuition payments are not.
Please see below for our recognition giving levels.
1949 Society $50,000 and up *
Vanguard $25,000 - $49,999 *
Head of School $15,000 - $24,999 *
Bienveneda $10,000 - $14,999 *
Friend $4,500 - $9,999 *
Falcon up to $4,499
* Donors who contribute at Friend Level or above are invited to an annual Friends reception.
How is my Gift Recognized?
Donors are recognized in our online Annual Giving Honor Roll on the parent portal (requires parent login), in the Annual Report on Philanthropy (published in Fall), as well as on the Honor Roll displayed at the Sprague Center throughout the year. The first Honor Roll is displayed in mid-December.
The School's fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30, and all gifts to Annual Giving are recognized in the Annual Report on Philanthropy for that year.
When should I make my Gift?
The school will invite all parents to make their gift or pledge in early November. We ask parents to pledge, as soon after they receive their request letter, as they are able. Please plan to make your gift or pledge by January 31, 2023, and payments are appreciated before May 31, 2023. Pledge statements are emailed at the end of April. Current School families yet to participate will receive reminders from the Advancement Office and Board of Trustees.
Faculty, Staff, Administration and Trustees are asked to give to Annual Giving at the start of the academic year. We ask alumni, grandparents, and friends of the School to join us throughout the year.
Many employers match gifts! Check with your employer if they do too. Donors are recognized at the combined amount of your gift and the matching gift. All matching gift companies are recognized.
St. Matthew's Capital Campaigns and Endowment Giving
Most independent schools conduct capital campaigns once or twice per decade for facility improvements or renovations that tuition does not cover. Thanks to the 2014 Pool Renovation Campaign, the School benefits from the new pool and deck area, which opened in summer 2018.
The School relies on its Endowment fund for an annual draw contribution to the budget. We welcome gifts to the Endowment fund to ensure ongoing support of faculty, facilities, and our special program long into the future.