Alumni &Friends Annual Fund
The 2014-2015 Alumni & Friends Annual Fund Leadership
James R. Lower, Principal
Richard V. Ey ’94, Dean of Students
Alex K. Loehrer ’94, Annual Fund Chair
Dear St. Charles Alumni and Friends,
As St. Charles marks its 91st anniversary of service to the Diocese, we are deeply conscious of God’s many blessings, particularly our continued strong enrollment of 625 young men. Campus is bursting with the vibrant life of our community – with the academic pursuits, drama, artistic and athletic endeavors, and service and social activities that make St. Charles an exceptional place in which to learn and grow. We are fortunate to have faculty and staff who are dedicated to providing opportunities for exploration and achievement that help our students prepare for an ever-changing world. And, the campus has never looked better, with the most recent completion of the Jack Ryan Locker Room, including five coaches offices and two conference rooms in the newly constructed mezzanine. Additionally, we now have a new observation and timing deck in the Rose and Dedger Jones Natatorium.
The enduring story of St. Charles has been co-authored by countless parents, friends, and alumni like you. A common element is woven throughout this tale of success – the unfailing allegiance of benefactors, who, from the start have been vital to the very existence of the school. Your witness, your prayers, and your generosity – shown unfailingly year after year – has enabled the school to provide a high quality Catholic college-preparatory education to 5,800 alumni, equipping these men for lives of service, scholarship, and leadership. Quite simply, we could not do what we do without you.
The gifts you make to the St. Charles Annual Fund are used in various ways to strengthen and enhance academic programs. You provide scholarship assistance to students with financial need, funding for faculty development, increase resources in the library, necessary upgrades to our technology, and help to renovate our buildings and other facilities on campus. You provide the necessary resources to promote excellence in everything that St. Charles has to offer.
We encourage you to make your gift today. Please return the enclosed card or visit www.stcharlesprep.org/make-a-gift. Gifts of $1,250 or greater will earn you membership in the 2014 Cardinal Society and bring great impact to our students. You provide the opportunities and experiences that change lives. Thank you for your continued investment in St. Charles and in our students.
James R. Lower, Principal
Alex K. Loehrer ’94, Alumni Annual Fund Chair
Annual Fund FAQ and Fact Sheet
Question: Why does St. Charles have an Annual Fund?
Answer: An Annual Fund, a part of the landscape at most parochial and private schools all over the country and certainly Central Ohio, raises funds to help maintain the school’s founding promise 85 years ago that “No qualified student who could benefit from a St. Charles education would ever be turned away because of a family’s inability to pay tuition,” as well as maintaining our buildings and grounds, supporting the faculty, and helping meet operating expenses. Annual Fund contributions are applied directly to meeting all of these expenses of running the school during the fiscal year July 1- June 30.
Question: Where can I see my contribution at work?
Answer: Everywhere our 640 young men and their teachers are at work! Some other areas that are supported include technology upgrades and faculty professional development opportunities for recruitment and retention.
Question: Why is a gift of ANY size important?
Answer: Support for the Annual Fund represents your belief in the St. Charles mission. Your gift of any amount combines with others to provide a ompelling case to other constituencies, including alumni, foundations and corporations, that those who benefit the most directly from a St. Charles education – you, our current parents – are committed to what the school is doing.
Question: I know what I want to give, but I can’t until 2013
Answer: Make a pledge! Pledging a gift and making payments according to a schedule that you determine enables St. Charles to plan for your gift and to take your planned participation into account. Our Development Office will send you reminders according to the schedule that you request. Simply fill out the Annual Fund reply envelope accordingly and make your final payment by June 30, 2013.
Question: Who is asked to contribute to the Annual Fund?
Answer: Parents of current students, alumni, and parents of alumni are invited to ensure the day-to-day excellence of the school they know, that is educating their boys today. Other donors include grandparents, neighbors, and some local businesses. This group takes advantage of the giving opportunity given to them annually to keep St. Charles fiscally strong and healthy.
To make a gift, simply click on this link:www.stcharlesprep.org/support/gift_online
For more information regarding the Annual Fund contact the school’s Development Office and ask to speak with Michael Duffy, the St. Charles Development Director. He can be reached at (614) 252-9288 extension #20 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Making Your Tax-Deductible Gift
Annual Fund Pledge & Gift Levels
Leadership gifts of $50,000 to $100,000. Making gifts of appreciated stock are especially tax-wise, so consult your professional advisor to learn the full benefits.
Major gifts between $10,000 and $50,000.
Investor gifts between $5,000 and $10,000.
Special gifts between $1,000 and $5,000. Don’t forget to request a corporate matching gift!
One-time gifts between $100 and $1,000 are greatly appreciated.
Tax deductibility of gifts: All gifts to the Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible. The school encourages you to utilize your corporate matching gift benefit, which matches cash gifts at face value.
Gift of stock/appreciated securities: For a stock-transfer instruction sheet, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider Joining The Cardinal Society
The parents and alumni of St. Charles have a long and proud history of helping maintain many of our school’s most cherished traditions through charitable giving.
Charitable gifts of $1,250 or more to the Annual Fund will qualify a donor for membership in The Cardinal Society. Renewed annually, members will receive a one-of-a-kind St. Charles keepsake and an invitation to attend a year-end Annual Fund celebration.
For additional information, please contact the Alumni & Development Office by phone at 614-252-9288 or Development Director, Mike Duffy, by e-mail at email@example.com