Why is annual giving important?
Making an annual gift every year makes a statement that you believe in Jesuit’s mission and support the unique educational experience that it provides. Your annual gift provides vital support to the school and helps to ensure that our current students get the funds they need to provide an experience of the highest quality while maintaining a balanced budget. It would take an additional $15 million in endowment funds to provide what Jesuit receives through its Alumni Annual Fund campaign.
Why is alumni giving important?
Your time at Jesuit helped to provide you with a solid foundation in academics, character development and friendships. Your gift helps guarantee that young students today have the same opportunities and strong start Jesuit provided for you.
What is this year’s Alumni Annual Fund goal?
While we maintain a goal to reach a specific dollar figure, the most important goal of the Alumni Annual Fund is to reach 100% of our former students to ask for their support of Jesuit.
Why is 100% participation so important?
It is a vote of confidence in our school, our faculty, and our educational mission. Not everyone is able to contribute at the same level, so by achieving 100 percent participation, everyone shares in the effort.
High Annual Giving participation is a benchmark used by foundations and outside funders when deciding which of the many worthwhile schools will receive their financial support.
How much should I give?
The only gift too small - is no gift at all. We ask each person to participate at a level appropriate for their circumstances. All gifts are vital and appreciated.
Can I designate my gift to a specific part of Jesuit?
Although the school prefers to receive unrestricted gifts that can be applied to the most immediate budgetary needs, some donors prefer to specify the use of their gift. There are many endowments, programs, clubs, and teams to which you can designate your gift.
Will my gift count toward my Class?
All gifts made to Jesuit through the Alumni Annual Fund will count toward your class' charitable totals.
I give at the Celebration Auction and/or MAGIS. Why should I also give to the Alumni Annual Fund?
We recognize that there are opportunities to support Jesuit in addition to the Annual Fund, and we appreciate your participation in all of them. However, the School formally asks that you give to the Annual Fund first. It is the most critical funding need and allows the School to continue to achieve its mission and vision – the foundation for the Jesuit experience.
School fundraising events are important in providing supplemental funding for expenses outside of the operating budget - the “nice to haves.” The Annual Fund is the School’s only fundraising effort that covers the “need to haves” - faculty support, programs and technology, financial aid, and arts and athletics. Additionally, the Annual Fund is 100% tax-deductible. We hope that you participate in special events such as the Celebration Auction and/or the MAGIS, but we ask that you make giving to the Annual Fund your first priority.
Why not raise tuition instead of asking for support?
The School Board tries to keep tuition as low as possible so as many families as possible will be able to afford a Jesuit education. Raising tuition would restrict even further the number of families who could attend the school. At the same time, we must maintain the excellence of our academic programs. Charitable contributions help us achieve both goals.
What if I can’t give at this time?
There are ways we can help. You can pledge now and defer payment until later; you can also pay in installments, if that is more convenient for you. All pledge payments must be received by the close of the Fiscal Year, which is June 30.
Who else is asked to give?
Everyone in the Jesuit community. The Annual Fund seeks support from current and past parents, alumni, trustees, faculty and staff, past faculty and staff, grandparents and friends. Every gift matters.
What is the time period of the Alumni Annual Fund?
Each year, the Alumni Annual Fund runs from July 1st through June 30.
What more do I need to know?
A successful Annual Fund, supported by a large percentage of the Jesuit community, directly contributes to the experience students have at Jesuit. It also demonstrates pride in the school and reflects our belief in the education our institution provides. If you have any questions, please contact David Anderson, Director of Development, at (972) 387-8700 ext 277 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What kind of recognition do I get for giving?
Your gift will be acknowledged in the Annual Report, which is distributed each fall and lists all donors who contribute during that school year. You can make your gift anonymously, if you prefer, by directing the Development Office not to list your name.