StM Annual Fund

Annual Fund FAQs

List of 15 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the StM Annual Fund?

    The StM Annual Fund is made up of gifts from parents, alumni, faculty and staff, parents of alumni, former faculty and staff, grandparents, and friends. The purpose of the Fund is to help pay for expenses not covered by tuition. All annual contributions have an immediate impact on the quality of the school and directly benefit St. Martin’s students.
  • Why does St. Martin's have an Annual Fund?

    Tuition alone does not cover the cost of an independent school education. Like other schools and colleges, St. Martin’s relies on gifts to help meet annual operating expenses. In fact, this year there is an approximate $3,800 gap per student between the tuition and the cost of a St. Martin’s education. Annual gifts help bridge this gap.
  • What does the Annual Fund Support?

    Everyone and everything at St. Martin's is in some way impacted by the gifts made to the St. Martin's Annual Fund. The dollars raised support the current year's operating expenses and provide unrestricted funding for costs such as teacher salaries and benefits, classroom resources, technology, and campus maintenance. It also supports programs like the Idea Lab, chapel services, technology, visual and performing arts, athletics, and much, much more!
  • Goals

    The Annual Fund monetary goal is $325,000. We are very excited about this goal, and the many opportunities these gifts will bring to our students and the community. Additionally, this year and every year our goal is to achieve 100% parent, Board, and faculty/staff participation.
  • How can we give?

    The school welcomes gifts of many kinds. Cash, checks, credit cards, matching gifts and gifts of stock are some of the most widely used forms of making an Annual Fund contribution. The easiest way to contribute is online with Visa/MasterCard/Amex at Monthly payments are an option; you may want to pledge in the fall and pay your pledge throughout the remainder of the school year. If you are employed by a company with a matching gifts program, you may be able to double or triple the amount of your gift. Visit to see if your company will match your gift.
  • Why not increase the tuition if it doesn't cover all the costs?

    The Board of Trustees tries to keep tuition as low as possible so as many families as possible will be able to afford a St. Martin’s education. Raising tuition would restrict even further the number of families who could attend the school. At the same time, we must maintain the excellence of our academic programs. Charitable contributions help us achieve both goals.
  • I pay tuition. Why am I being asked to give more?

    By helping to cover the gap between tuition and what it actually costs to educate each student at the school each year, your gift to the Annual Fund directly influences the educational experience students have at St. Martin’s. The availability of more resources equals access to more educational tools. Also, contributions to St. Martin’s are tax-deductible, whereas tuition payments are not. When you donate to the Annual Fund you help keep tuition payments lower and your gift entitles you to a tax benefit.
  • How much am I expected to give?

    We hope that everyone will be as generous as possible. In the past, donations have ranged from $10 to more than $25,000. Gifts of all sizes are needed and welcomed. Every dollar makes a difference, and every student benefits.
  • What is the Founders' Circle?

    Founders are those donors who contribute $1,500 or more to our Annual Fund Campaign, and their gifts make up the largest portion of our campaign goal. Last year, those who donated at or above the Founders’ Circle level made up approximately 80% of our campaign!
  • What if I can't make a gift at the Founders' Circle level?

    While we rely on the generosity of leadership gifts, please realize that every gift – no matter the size – is needed and important. We truly value participation. The percentage of parent and alumni support is important in the eyes of foundations and major donors. Broad-based giving is considered a sign of institutional strength.
  • What if I can't make a gift at this time?

    There are ways we can help. You can pledge now and defer payment until later; you can also pay in installments, if that is more convenient for you. All pledge payments must be received by the close of the Annual Fund, which is June 30.
  • Do matching gifts count?

    Yes. When you make a gift to St. Martin’s, you can double or triple its impact by checking to see whether your employer participates in a matching gift program. Many companies and foundations match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees. Click here to find out if your employer has a matching gift program:
  • Who else is asked to give?

    Everyone in the St. Martin’s community. The Annual Fund seeks support from current and past parents, alumni, trustees, current and past faculty and staff, grandparents, and friends. Every gift matters.
  • What is the time period for the Annual Fund?

    Each year, the StM Annual Fund runs from July 1 through June 30.
  • What else do I need to know?

    A successful Annual Fund, supported by a large percentage of the St. Martin’s community, directly contributes to the experience students have at St. Martin’s. It also demonstrates pride in the school and reflects our belief in the education our institution provides. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Davis, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 504.736.9960 or


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