St. James Episcopal School has long enjoyed a thriving spirit of community and giving which has shaped
the School. Educating a child requires a great faculty and strong curriculum—but it also requires the
generous involvement of all of our loyal families and friends. Parents, alumni, grandparents, past
parents, and faculty and staff provide a partnership of financial support that enables the School to fulfill
its mission and provide success for our scholars.
Each year, our tuition only covers approximately 70% of the total cost to run St. James. Therefore, as a part of our overall financial operations, the Board of Trustees authorizes and supports three major fundraisers during the year designed to fill the gap. Each family at St. James is asked to participate in these three fundraisers at a level comfortable to them. The most important part of any fundraiser is the level of support and participation.
Here is what you can expect during the year:
- A scholar-supported sales drive – During this school year, the scholars will participate in a Walk-a-thon to help raise money for the School. The drive emphasizes the importance of setting and achieving goals, and allows parents and friends to support scholars and the School by raising funds for met goals. All proceeds from this fundraiser are directed towards technology in the classroom.
- Annual Giving Campaign – This is our largest fundraising event of the year, which kicks off in early October. The goal is set by the Board of Trustees in keeping with our operational budget needs. As a parent, you will receive an investment card, with an opportunity to give. Donations may be made as a one-time gift or by incremental payments throughout the year. Donations may also be made by credit card. Typically, we recognize all donors in our School publications by investment levels, unless a gift is given anonymously. Only investment levels are reported and actual amounts remain private. The Annual Giving Campaign is also generously supported by our Board members, faculty, alumni, and friends in the community. The Annual Giving Campaign usually generates about 6% of our operating budget.
- Fiesta in the Heart of St. James – The “Spring Fling” is an annual event in the late Spring where parents, faculty, alumni, and friends come together to support St. James while enjoying great food, cocktails, and music. Proceeds are raised through a live auction as well as a silent auction, where patrons can bid on trips, wonderful merchandise, and children’s art projects. It is always an exceptionally fun event for everyone. Admission tickets are free for new families.
Fundraising is an integral part of all private school operations and we strongly believe that every gift counts, no matter the size. Most importantly, your participation demonstrates support for our School and enables us to fulfill our mission.
Our scholars, this school, and our community are transformed by the generosity of caring friends, and we are deeply grateful for your support. We are confident that you will derive great satisfaction in your commitment and generosity and all that it can do for St. James Episcopal School.