The Annual Fund for St. George's

One of St. George’s Episcopal School’s enduring traditions is ushering in each new school year with the ringing of a brass hand bell at our opening assembly. This year the ringing of the bell was particularly special because it marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of our wonderful school. For 50 years, St. George’s has occupied a pioneering, innovative space in the independent school landscape of New Orleans. Our strength has been our recognition that no two children are alike and that each one possesses a fascinating combination of gifts and challenges. Here, each child grows academically, creatively, emotionally, and spiritually, while developing a sense of self-worth and moral responsibility. By maintaining small learning environments and a low student-to-teacher ratio, we provide an unmatched level of attention and personal interaction so that each student gains the confidence to achieve his or her fullest potential.

Our model is incredibly effective, but tuition revenue alone does not cover its costs. The difference between tuition revenue and St. George’s operating expenses (known as “the gap”) is valued this year at $1,500 per student. It is met through generous donations, including your gift to the Annual Fund.

Your gift will go to work this school year to provide an immediate benefit to our students.

It assists in compensating and training our faculty – the dedicated and talented professionals who carry out the mission of St. George’s every day. It assures that each student is supported through enhancements to classroom technology; experiential learning across divisions; opportunities for personal grown through athletics, character education, creative arts, talented and gifted programming, and service projects; and, of course, an exceptionally low student-to-teacher ratio.

We hope that you will “Ring in 50 Years” with us by making a contribution to this year’s Annual Fund!

 

Annual Fund for St. George's Goal: $225,000

Our primary goal, though, is 100% participation
from our parents, Board of Trustees, and faculty/staff!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Annual Fund

I already pay tuition. Why should I donate to the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund for St. George's is our top fundraising priority. Tuition alone does not allow us to hire our talented faculty and offer all of the amazing programming we're recognized and celebrated for having; the annual fund covers "the gap" (the difference between operating costs and tuition).

Do ALL independent schools have an annual fund ask?
Yes! Locally (and outside of New Orleans), independent schools fundraise annually to secure the difference between tuition and the year's full operating costs.

What does the operating budget cover?
Everything that keeps our school running! St. George's operating budget covers salaries and benefits for our faculty, staff and administrators; tuition assistance for faculty and qualified families; supplies; facilities maintenance and improvements; technology; utilities; advertising; costs of special events; insurance; postage and printing; professional fees; security; website costs and more.

Why is 100% participation so important?
100% participation is crucial because it shows our community's dedication to and confidence in St. George's. This percentage is referred to by foundations and other organizations interested in supporting our school.

How much am I expected to give?
We hope that St. George's will be our current families' top philanthropic priority. We recognize that each family is different and will pledge accordingly. Consider donating at the gap ($1,500.00) or above to cover your child's total educational cost. Our ideal situation is 100% participation for our families, though, so we ask that you give the amount that makes the most sense for your family.

Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes, your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Can I pledge now and pay later?
Yes! Click HERE and navigate from "make a single gift" to "pledge to give" to make your pledge today.

When are all payments due?
All payments (including on pledged gifts) should be submitted by May 31, 2020.