Tuition revenues alone do not cover the full cost of educating our students. Therefore, the school depends on annual contributions from our school families and other supporters to our annual fund to off-set this difference. Tax-deductible gifts to the annual fund are accepted year-round.
The Annual Gift Campaign is our yearly push for school families to make a tax-deductible gift to the annual fund with some friendly competition involved. The Annual Gift Campaign, sponsored by the St. Rita Advisory Council, will kick-off on August 13 and it will end on September 27. We need all school families to make their pledge during that time knowing there is an option to pay later. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $200,000 and have 100% participation from our school families.
“Participation” is defined as: (1) making a financial pledge online with payment or future payment(s) scheduled; (2) making a financial pledge using our online form to give via other means like DAF, company giving program, check, cash, NTX Giving Day; or, (3) making an online pledge agreeing to pray for our school each day. Since this campaign’s mission is to raise funds for our school, prayerful consideration and commitment of a monetary pledge is preferred. As added motivation for our families, an anonymous donor will contribute an additional $20,000 if we reach at least 98% participation and $200,000 by the end of our campaign on September 27.
The offsetting of the difference in tuition and the actual cost of educating a St. Rita student is called “Bridging the Gap” so you will also hear this campaign referred to as the GAP Campaign. The actual cost to educate a St. Rita student is $10,955. If you are able to completely "Bridge your Gap", please do so. If not, a suggested minimum donation is $350 per student. Those contributing $1500 or more will also be invited to the Donor Appreciation Dinner in the fall of 2020. Please help us reach our goal. Thank you for participating!
For additional information, contact Amy Mentgen, Communications Assistant, at 972-239-3203 x6508 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I have to pay now to have my participation counted?
A: No. Your pledge is considered participation. Your pledge needs to be paid in full by June 30, 2020. That can be a one-time gift now or in the future. It can be scheduled payments over time. It can be a pledge to make a payment with a different method. Or it can be your pledge to pray.
Q: I have already given to the church this year. Does this count as my participation in the Annual Gift Campaign?
A: No. Your annual church tithe is completely separate from the school’s Annual Gift Campaign. The Annual Gift Campaign is a gift directly to the school in order to offset the difference in tuition and cost to educate. We need 100% participation from school families in order to help keep tuition increases as low as possible for all families. A financial gift of any size is preferred, but you can also pledge to pray online which will still help us reach our participation goal and receipt of extra funds.
Q. Why am I getting reminders if I plan to pledge by September 27 or pay later?
A: Sometimes people forget. We will also send reminders to get your pledge in when classes are approaching the 100% mark. The kids want to know if they have earned the pizza party—and the sooner the better. We want to know if we can count on your pledge so we can reach our participation and financial goal in order to secure an extra $20,000 for the school. Remember there is friendly competition associated with this campaign in order to help us reach both goals. Don’t take the reminders personally.
Q: Which payment methods are accepted?
A: Contributions from checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are all accepted.
Q: Do donors receive receipts for their donations?
A: Yes, you will receive receipts via e-mail when a donation is made online through WeShare. Please keep this receipt for your tax records. If you pay by check or cash, a receipt will be mailed to you.
Q: Is "WeShare" (the online giving platform) safe?
A: Yes. WeShare implements the safest security standards for online transactions and your privacy is protected at all times. WeShare is certified with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) as a Level 1 Service Provider.
EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM!!! The grade level with the most participation by August 22 at midnight will win a popsicle party! (one grade level winner in PreK-4th and one grade level winner in 5th-8th).
Back by popular demand--All homeroom classes that reach 100% participation by September 27 will receive a pizza party! Remember:The sooner your class gets to 100% participation, the less "friendly" reminders you get--all the kids want the pizza party so act fast (this doesn't mean you have to pay now)!
Those contributing $1,500 or more will also be invited to the Donor Appreciation Dinner in the fall of 2020.