We ask each family to participate by making a gift at some level. Participation is important. How much you choose to give is a personal decision that each family makes. Not every family will be able to contribute at the level they’d like, but donations made through pledges can help by allowing you to make smaller monthly payments throughout the year to fit within your budget.
The Annual Fund supports the very things that most likely impacted your decision to send your child to Pisgah: small classes, exemplary teachers, resources that many public schools cannot offer, exceptional offerings in exploratory subjects, more personal attention, an unapologetically Christian environment, and so much more. While tuition gives your child access to all of these benefits, charitable gifts are necessary to help sustain and expand them. Every student at Mount Pisgah Christian School benefits from the Annual Fund.
Moreover, contributing to the Annual Fund can also help bring outside funding to Pisgah. When schools seek money from foundations and corporations or other major donors, they look closely at the percentage of parental participation in annual giving. Participation tells corporate and foundation donors that the families of the school believe a Pisgah education is important and worthy of support. We must demonstrate that our community is doing all that it can to meet needs.
We are sensitive to the high cost of private school tuition, especially in these challenging economic times. The model of underwriting the costs of a top quality education through both tuition and philanthropic support is one we believe in deeply. In addition to keeping our tuition costs competitive in the marketplace, this model offers our families the opportunity to make tax-deductible gifts that directly benefit their children and all Pisgah families.
Proceeds raised by our volunteer organizations are important but are not counted as a gift to the Annual Fund; rather, the proceeds from a membership drive or fundraising event fund the operations of that particular volunteer organization and are used to support specific initiatives.
While Pisgah recognizes the invaluable assistance provided by volunteer support organizations, the Annual Fund is necessary component of funding a strong school as it provides funding that will have the greatest impact in the classroom, music room, and on the field and on every student and faculty member. It bridges the gap between what it costs to educate a student and what is charged in tuition, a difference of $2,500 per child this school year.
"Advancement" means moving forward, and the Office of Advancement exists to assist the Head of School and the Board of Trustees in moving the school forward through building positive relationships with our families, friends, corporations, and foundations with the goal of securing charitable gifts. The Advancement team helps to educate our families on the importance of giving to the school above and beyond tuition, works with donors on the details of their gifts, maintains giving records, and acknowledges generosity.
Building and sustaining a successful educational program in an independent, Christian school setting requires support and commitment from all members of the school family, from the Head of School, Board of Directors, faculty and staff, to students, their families, alumni, and friends. It is the responsibility of the Office of Advancement to coordinate the charitable involvement from these different groups, following the philosophy of institutional fundraising set forth by the Mount Pisgah Christian School Board of Trustees. In addition, the Office of Advancement serves as the clearinghouse for the multiple fundraising efforts by school organizations and clubs that occur on a yearly basis.
The Office of Advancement is also responsible for:
-the school's adherence to management and reporting standards for educational fundraising, as set forth by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE);
-charitable gift management, donor acknowledgement and donor recognition;
We are happy to work with you on a giving plan that suits your needs. For example, some of our families choose to set-up monthly credit card gifts. In this way, they make smaller payments toward a larger gift than they could make at one time, and they can build points on their cards. We accept stock gifts too, and this offers advantages to our families. Giving long-term appreciated stock enables donors to give from a source of wealth other than cash, and by giving through a direct transfer, donors can save the capital gains tax that would be owed if they had simply sold the stock and given the cash.
Also, many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match their employees’ charitable contributions. Some companies also match retirees’ or spouses’ gifts. This is any easy way to double or even triple the impact of your gift. Check with your human resources department to see if your company participates in a matching gift program.