What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is by far the most important fundraising effort at St. Mark’s each year, and gifts at any level demonstrate our community’s commitment to our school’s mission. Each year, we ask you to support our school’s academic and learning environment by making a tax-deductible and discretionary contribution to the St. Mark’s Annual Fund. Donations provide the supplemental resources needed for the full support of our children and their educational development.
Tuition covers our basic operating budget, which includes salaries, benefits, utilities, and campus maintenance. The Annual Fund directly bolsters our budget for facility improvements, curriculum improvements, professional development, technology, and other areas that help us to provide the best environment possible for our children. The entirety of the St. Mark’s experience is made possible by this crucial initiative.
Why 100% Parent Participation?
Parent participation is a key metric when receiving support from outside organizations. Because each child is an important part of the St. Mark’s community, our goal is for every family to make a gift every year to the Annual Fund. With strength in numbers, parent gifts add up to a large sum each year, and every gift makes a difference no matter the amount. The cumulative effect of consistently high participation propels us even further and speaks to our shared commitment.
How and When to Give
Our Annual Fund campaign runs from September 1 - November 30. A pledge is a promise to give that can be paid later; pledge payments for this year's campaign are due by June 30, 2019. St. Mark's accepts cash, check, credit card, appreciated securities.
Online giving is available for a one-time gift or gifts on a payment schedule. Many employers offer matching gift programs that could double or triple your gift; we encourage you to check with your company’s Human Resources Department.
“Like many fellow parents, we have grown to appreciate what a truly special and unique environment St. Mark's has cultivated for our children to grow, develop and thrive. Likewise, we understand how the Annual Fund provides an important means for the St. Marks community to take an active role in the school’s continued growth and one in which returns on this investment manifest in real time. The incremental resources provided through the Annual Fund sponsor the technology, professional development, and assets that we immediately see in our classrooms, teachers and students. I hope you will all join us to continue the tradition of 'Every Family, Every Year' and support the 2018-2019 Annual Fund.”
— Annual Fund Chairs, Kourtney and Vijay D’Cruz