St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
2016-2017 Annual Fund, Helping Eagles Soar
What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is the most important fundraiser at SJE. Tuition covers roughly 77% of what it costs to educate each student and the Annual Fund helps close that gap. A strong Annual Fund helps us keep tuition costs down making Catholic education a reality for more people.
What does the Annual Fund pay for?
Think of it this way. Your household income pays for mortgage/rent, utilities, groceries and other basic household expenses. Tuition and the Annual Fund are SJE's household income. Home and School fundraisers like the spring event and Race for Education help pay for the extra things on our wish lists. The capital campaign is a separate fund that goes toward campus expansion. Think of those last two fundraisers as supplemental income that you use to save for a new flat screen TV, a renovated kitchen or adding a room to your house when your family has outgrown your current space.
Your gifts of prayer and monies help cover operating expenses like salaries and benefits of highly qualified faculty/staff members, general office supplies and equipment (postage, printing, etc.), student services (supplies, Archdiocesan taxes/assessments, insurance, clinic, etc.) and facilities (utilities, vending, property insurance, grounds, maintenance.
Why should I contribute to the Annual Fund?
We always aim for 100% parent, faculty/staff, and student participation. High participation is an example of the stakeholders supporting the mission of SJE. It also greatly influences outside income sources when we apply for grants.
How much should I contribute to the Annual Fund?
All gifts, great and small, make a difference. SJE truly appreciates every gift received, no matter the size.
How can I make the most of my Annual Fund gift?
Does your employer have a matching gift program? If so, that is an easy way to potentially double the size of your gift. Please contact your company’s HR department or our office to see if a matching gift is a possibility.
Is the Annual Fund different from the other fundraisers at SJE?
Yes. We are very lucky to have an active school community, including our Home and School Committee. The funds raised by Home and School events provide extra programs, services, and events not covered by the Annual Fund. Our biennial Golf Tournament and 5K Run provide scholarship money. Only Annual Fund gifts go towards operating expenses.
Why are there so many fundraisers?
Home and School does a great job of selecting various fundraisers to appeal to our community. Some people prefer events and some prefer items to purchase. We strive to offer our SJE family fundraisers in which they enjoy participating. Home and School fundraisers focus on FUN-raising and community-building while still raising money and the Annual Fund raises money to keep our school operational.
What fundraisers should I participate in?
As many or as few as you would like! Remember, the Annual Fund pays for things that have already been budgeted for and we would love to have 100% participation! Our Home and School organizes fantastic events and fundraisers and would love your support in any way you can provide it.
Questions? Please contact Alex Azzarello, Development Director, at (404)767-4312 or AAzzarello@sjecs.net