Parents Annual Fund

The 2015-2016 Parents Annual Fund Leadership

                      Steve and Daphne                                                     Steve and Daphne Suh,Parents Annual Fund Co-Chairs


“When we think of St. Charles, we always think of __________ (Fill in the blank).”

We are sure the answers are as varied as the current parents receiving this letter. St. Charles holds a special place in the hearts and minds of those who now have a son walking its campus and studying in its historic building. Whether the memories your son is creating this year will consist of a favorite class, a mentoring teacher, a special sport or activity, or the lifelong friends he is making, the common thread among the St. Charles family has always been the life-changing experience that helps shape the success of its current students and alumni.


Every year, thousands of current and past parents, alumni, and friends of the school, support St. Charles through annual gifts with a combination of ability, generosity, and selflessness. Our Annual Fund campaign is always seeking to help St. Charles maintain its position as one of the strongest academic high schools in the nation. The school hopes to attract promising and deserving students who accept the challenge of hard work, provide them with sufficient levels of support, prepare them for success in college and beyond, and connect them on a campus marked by profound beauty.


In the school’s ongoing quest to preserve and further beautify spaces that impact all of our students, the critical project that will be funded by this year’s Parents Annual Fund will be the preservation and refurbishment of the 78 year-old Mother of Mercy Chapel. This includes the restoration of the 52 historically significant and inspiring stained glass windows; attention to cleaning and repairing the limestone columns, floors and plastered walls; and the re-finishing of the Chapel’s wooden pews.


Your gift, large or small, ensures that this centerpiece of faith and spirituality on our campus will continue to remain the heart of worship for generations to come. Thank you for your consideration of generous support this year.



James R. Lower, Principal

Steve and Daphne Suh, Parents Annual Fund Co-Chairs



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 91 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 647 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 compelling 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 2016
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, 2016.


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.

For more information regarding the 2015-2016 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 at


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 Parents 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:

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 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

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