Frequently Asked Questions

What is Saints’ Fund and why do we need it?

While the name has changed from Annual Fund to Saints’ Fund, the purpose has not. Saints’ Fund continues to sustain St. Paul’s commitment to provide a quality education. At any given moment across the St. Paul’s campus, our students are utilizing equipment and programs purchased through Saints’ Fund giving. Saints’ Fund allows us to reach out not only to current parents, but also alumni, grandparents, past parents, friends, corporations and foundations for support of our children.

Why not increase tuition to cover all expenses?

St. Paul’s recognizes the sacrifices families make to offer their children a high-quality education. Your contribution to Saints’ Fund provides financial consistency. A high-quality St. Paul’s education is the direct result of gifts from parents, grandparents, alumni, trustees, faculty and friends who believe in and financially support excellence in education. Through tax-deductible donations to the Saints’ Fund, we can keep tuition costs more affordable for everyone.

How is the goal determined?

The process is a balancing act of tuition tolerance, maximizing Saints’ Fund potential and an acknowledgement of the importance of the health and strength of our school. This year’s goal is again $400,000.

How are the Saints’ Fund dollars spent and who decides?

The Board of Trustees, faculty and staff are responsible for identifying institutional needs. In the spring the administration submits budget requests to the Finance Committee for the following year. The gifts from Saints’ Fund campaign are spent on budgeted items throughout the school year. Our tuition helps us educate. The St. Paul’s Saints’ Fund helps us innovate. Our tuition takes care of today, The Saints’ Fund takes care of tomorrow.

Like most independent schools, St. Paul’s relies on a tradition of philanthropy to offset expenses. Tuition is only one piece of the pie. Additional revenue from the Saints’ Fund directly supports the extraordinary experience that enables our students to become successful adults.

How can my small gift make a difference?

If you think your gift does not matter, think again. Our collective giving for 2013 exceeded $400,000, with gifts ranging from $25.00 to $10,000. EVERY GIFT COUNTS! Each Saints’ Fund gift is a part of our group effort to support St. Paul’s and its mission. The goal of Saints’ Fund is 100% participation from current parents, grandparents, faculty and staff. Your gift will play a significant role. Not only will it provide additional resources, it will serve as a stimulus and often inspire other gifts.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! St. Paul’s will send you reminder notices. You will have until March 30 to complete your pledge. You will receive recognition for the actual amount received when the books are closed on May 31.

Can I pay by credit card? St. Paul’s accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. When giving online you may pay with any major credit card.

What about matching gifts from my company?

Is your employer one of over 700 companies who will match your gift to St. Paul’s? Check with your employer for a matching gift form and we will be happy to handle the rest! Can I allocate my Saints’ Fund gift to a specific project? Saints’ Fund directly impacts the St. Paul’s Family every day in a multitude of ways. Once again you have the option to designate how you would like your gift to be used. You can choose to designate your gift in the following ways:

Where it is needed most, Academics, Arts, Spirituality, Athletics.

Unrestricted gifts afford the most flexibility; however, recognizing that many donors want the opportunity to match their personal philanthropic interests with St. Paul’s programs, we do accept restricted gifts. All gifts to St. Paul’s ensure that programs continue to grow and expand to meet the needs of our talented students.

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