At St. Bernard Academy, the Annual Fund is critical to our fiscal health as the money raised flows directly into our operating budget.
Virtually all independent schools need to raise revenue through an annual fund to cover operating expenses. Tuition only covers 87% of the cost of educating each student. Raising tuition to a level that completely covers the operating budget asks only current parents to contribute, but SBA is a community that extends beyond the parents of our current students.
The Annual Fund gives all of our supporters including alumni, grandparents, past parents, and friends the opportunity to contribute with a tax-deductible donation, offsetting the rising cost of tuition. Your donation also helps us make an SBA education accessible to more families.
The Annual Fund provides immediate funding for student and faculty needs. It allows us to take advantage of new opportunities and add value to our school. This means it helps to fund items like the salary of your favorite teacher, technology and software, literacy programs, fine arts, student support services, student activities, athletics, campus security, and much more.
- I already contribute significantly with my tuition payment. Why should I give more?
- I can’t give enough to make a difference. Why should I give at all?
- How much should I give?
- When is the best time to give?
- Is my donation tax deductible?
Tuition cost is the most difficult decision our Board and Administration makes each year. Significant effort is made to provide the opportunity of an independent Catholic education to all of our families. As a result, tuition dollars covers 87% of the school’s operating budget. The Annual Fund is one of the ways we make up the difference and pay for the “extras” like field trips, special guests, and professional development for our faculty. The Annual Fund is about our entire community joining together to preserve the St. Bernard Academy tradition for both today’s and tomorrow’s students.
We hope that every parent, board member, faculty, staff, alumni, parent of alumni and friend will give as generously as possible. Gifts large and small are meaningful, and everyone must determine what appropriate gift fits their family. We ask that every family participate and be part of the common goal of showing full community support for the school.
You may give any time before the campaign deadline each year. Annual Fund runs from July 1st to June 30th each year. Some like to give toward the end of the calendar year to ensure a tax-deduction for that year. Whenever you choose to give is the best time and will be greatly appreciated. Right now, while you are thinking about it, is a great time.
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SBA does a fantastic job of keeping each student engaged and learning regardless of their ability; and, they work very hard to put the best interests of our children first. I give to the Annual Fund each year because my gift provides financial flexibility to the SBA administration to create and try new learning experiences for all its students.
FATHER of Kemper '22
and campbell '26