2018 Giving Challenge
presented by the Sarasota Community Foundation
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Bridging the Gap -
It Just Makes $ense to Give
The value of a Sarasota Christian School education is immeasurable. As a private institution, Sarasota Christian counts on parents, grandparents, alumni and the local community for funding in order to provide every resource possible to our students.
There is a gap of approximately $1,500 per student between what tuition covers and what it actually costs us to educate each student. Thank you for considering a 100% tax deductible gift to make a difference in the lives of our students.
There are many ways to support our school.
Donations are needed to offset the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of running the school. SCS depends on fundraising because tuition alone does not cover the cost of educating our students, as it is with most private schools. These funds are raised primarily through the Annual Fund campaign and the Annual Auction.
- The Annual Fund raises unrestricted gifts of cash or stock annually to support the current year operating budget.
- The Annual Auction & Festival held each winter includes games, silent and live auctions, and delicious foods. Revenues also support the current year operating budget.
Endowment giving ensures the school's future by investing donations and requiring that the principal remain intact. This allows the school to invest the interest income into additional programs and opportunities for students. Endowments function as a permanent financial resource from which only part of the income is spent on an annual basis.
Sarasota Christian currently has four endowment funds.
General endowment funds help support needs not met by one of the endowment funds established by our founding families, which are listed below.
Charles and Ruth Shue Endowment:
This endowment provides tuition assistance to families who desire a Christian education and have significant financial need.
Clayton and Omar Mayer Endowment:
This endowment supports our tradition of athletic excellence by funding improvements to our athletic offerings as well as maintaining our athletic facilities and keeping them up to date.
Izzy and Mary Yoder Endowment:
This endowment supports and enriches our elementary school programs.
Tony Colton Endowment:
This endowment helps provide financial tuition assistance. Tony Colton was an exemplary SCS student that embodied the ideals upon which Sarasota Christian School is based and fought a valiant battle against cancer.
Like most Christian schools, the majority of our revenue comes from tuition and annual fund giving. Yet, these funds alone cannot provide for many of the long-term resources essential to advancing the school. The Capital Fund supports projects that fall outside to the annual operating budget such as new construction or major renovations. The school has been blessed over the years with generous donors who have made the addition of each facility possible. Although buildings are only part of what makes a school outstanding, they are critical to a dynamic learning environment.