St. Francis Fund
The centerpiece of our school’s fundraising initiatives, the St. Francis Fund, provides for the operating resources critical for ongoing educational initiatives, competitive faculty salaries and benefits, and vital operating budget line items.
When the St. Francis Fund flourishes, so does student life in the classrooms and halls of St. Francis. We invite parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, and community members to share in our common goal to challenge and motivate students in the vibrant, robust, and academically and spiritually stimulating environment that is our beloved school.
Why should I give to the St. Francis Fund?
The very nature of an independent school is that it is "independent" of government funding. Therefore, to effectively run the school and balance our operating budget, we rely on tuition and the generosity of the larger St. Francis community.
Through this support, we are able to recruit and retain the finest faculty by offering competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and rich professional development opportunities. The St. Francis Fund also provides for materials, curriculum, and facilities maintenance.
Why does my participation matter?
Many of the individuals, corporations, and foundations that consider contributing to St. Francis want to know that our St. Francis Fund is strong and widely supported by our own alumni, parents, board, and faculty. Participation is also an important measure of our strength during our Independent Schools Association of the Southwest accreditation process.
What is the difference between annual giving and capital/endowment giving?
The St. Francis Fund is used to enhance the annual operations budget. Capital gifts are for buildings and special projects. Gifts to the endowment provide support not just for one year—or even for just one generation—but forever. The St. Francis Fund helps us live. Capital and endowment gifts help us grow.
How much should we give?
Every single gift, regardless of the size, is sincerely appreciated. Gifts to the St. Francis Fund last year ranged from $10 to $25,000. We sincerely hope that our donors—parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends—will give prayerful and thoughtful consideration to generous giving.