WHAT IS THE LION FUND?
The Lion Fund is a tax deductible appeal to support our school and help bridge the
between tuition and the true cost of a St. Mary Magdalene’s education.
Tuition revenues do not cover the entire operating budget of the school
. The Fund is the best way possible for parents, alumni, parishioners, grandparents, faculty, parents of alumni and friends to help make a financial difference in the future of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School.
WHY DOES OUR SCHOOL NEED THE LION FUND?
Annual giving is an essential part of all institutions. In order to continue the success of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School, The Lion Fund was created to enhance educational programs and resources not covered by tuition fees. Your gift is a vote of confidence for the faculty, staff, board, and volunteers.
WHY DOESN'T SMMCS JUST RAISE TUITION TO COVER THE ADDITIONAL EXPENSES?
SMMCS mission is to provide children with a good education and we cannot be compared to a business, whose primary mission is to make money. Excellent schools are labor-intensive and people-oriented. The costs of faculty salaries and benefits and building/maintenance, to a large degree, drive the cost of a SMMCS school education. In order to offer competitive salaries to faculty and staff and to provide desirable programs, SMMCS has to do the following:
- ask for donations
- raise tuition
- pursue corporate and foundation gifts and grants
want the expense of tuition to prohibit qualified students from attending our school. It is especially important that tuition remains as affordable as possible in order to serve all families choosing a Catholic education.
WHY IS PARENT PARTICIPATION SO IMPORTANT?
Every year we strive to achieve a goal of
100% participation from our families
with The Lion
Fund. For SMMCS to apply for grants, outside funding sources such as potential donors, corporations and foundations want to know that St. Mary Magdalene’s families support the school before they are willing to commit their dollars to us.
For that reason, EVERY GIFT COUNTS!
HOW ARE THESE FUNDS USED?
Gifts to the Annual Fund contribute to the school’s operating budget, this includes:
- Retaining and attracting experienced and devoted faculty
DOES MY GIFT MATTER?
Yes! Every gift, regardless of size, is important
- Keeping tuition lower in order for more families to give their children a Catholic education
- Providing resources and advanced curriculum for academic excellence
- Upgrading and Maintaining our facilities and equipment, including athletics, technology, and security
- Providing sibling discounts
because it shows support for SMMCS. Your gift is an expression of confidence in our school and assists in maintaining the quality and affordability of a St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School education.
Giving Levels are an approach to securing a number of gifts at all levels. Giving levels provide an opportunity for all donors to be recognized and acknowledged at the level of their generosity to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School.
Diamond Lion $5,000 & above
Platinum Lion $2,000-$4,999
Gold Lion $1,000-$1,999
Silver Lion $500-$999
Bronze Lion $499 & below
Does your employer match gifts? You may be able to double or triple the size of your gift to the Annual Fund if your employer has a charitable matching gift program. If your company has a matching gift policy, please send in the appropriate form with your contribution and we will take care of the rest.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
You can make a one-time donation or monthly payments. We accept check, MC,VISA,Discover. Pledge forms are also available in the front office or attached link.
WILL I RECEIVE A TAX BENEFIT FROM MY DONATION?
Yes. SMMCS is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under the laws of the United States. No goods or services will be received in exchange for your gift, so it will be tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Written recognition of your gift will be provided for tax purposes.
For more information regarding The Lion Fund, please contact :
Carol Poston,Director of Development,