Giving at SMSA
In a joyful Catholic atmosphere, we provide students with the ingredients for success: powerful minds, prayerful hearts and helpful hands.
Gifts to SMSA help us further our mission, and all are are gratefully received. All gifts, big or small - and especially your prayers for our continued success - provide an SMSA student receive the gift of a lifetime: A Catholic education.
We have several ways to make a financial gift. Please read below to see which one is right for you.
Those looking for ways to volunteer? Check the Calendar for a list of upcoming fundraising events and activities. Committee chairs of these events can assist you with your interest to help. You can learn more by calling our Business Office at Ext. 1007.
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THE GUARDIAN ANGEL FUND
This fund was created several years ago when a generous SMSA father offered to help pay the tuition of his child’s classmate whose family was struggling at the time. The Guardian Angel Fund blossomed from that point on as a source of assistance for other families in a similar situation. Families served by this fund are those who would not have been able to enroll, or afford to stay, without this financial helpful hand.
Alumni and supporters have allowed SMSA to offer thousands of dollars over the past 15+ years to these families to help with tuition expenses. So many children have benefitted from this support, support which permitted them to receive the gift of a lifetime -a Catholic education - that otherwise would not have been possible.
THE ANNUAL FUND
The Annual Fund is an annual solicitation to alumni, parents, friends and benefactors of St. Mary’s- St. Alphonsus for assistance with operating expenses.
Over many years, contributions to this fund, both large and small, has enabled us to bridge the gap between what we charge for tuition and what it actually costs us to educate each child at SMSA. Currently, the cost to educate one child is $8000. Tuition covers about ⅔ of that amount.
Your donation, at any time of the year, ensures that the lights stay on, the custodian has cleaning supplies, and the art teacher has enough paper. These types of practical budget considerations may seem small and relatively unimportant, but are a vital part of our efforts to provide our students and teachers with needed supplies and a clean and up-to-date environment to support learning. Every donation matters!
Once on our mailing list, around Christmastime you will receive a solicitation through the mail. The mailing will include a letter from the principal highlighting the year’s achievements, news, and plans for the new year and beyond. It always comes with our heartfelt thanks for your support.
THE CORNERSTONE FUND
The Cornerstone Fund was initiated to fund capital improvement projects and has raised over one million dollars since its inception.
Over the years, the Cornerstone Fund has enabled SMSA to create or make upgrades to our tech lab, cafeteria, classrooms, gymnasium, playground, and science and STREAM labs. New desks, rugs, and lockers are a few of the many items we have been able to purchase through fund donations.
Our goal is to be an excellent steward of our majestic and iconic building, allowing our beautiful facility to serve current students and students for decades to come.
The General Fund is used for unexpected expenses, for special one-time programming such as various enrichment opportunities for our students, and also for general operating expenses. A donation to the General fund is a good choice if you would like to leave it to us as to how your gift is used. Gifts to the General Fund can be a one-time donation at any time of the year, or can be set up as a monthly or yearly gift by contacting the Business Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-792-3178 Ext. 1007).
Legacy gifts to SMSA are another way to support the work we do at SMSA. As every estate plan is unique, we suggest you contact the Business Office at 518-792-3178 Ext. 1007 to set up a time to discuss Planned Giving through Charitable Trusts, Charitable Annuities, appreciated stock, or other tax advantaged gifting strategies that will work best for your situation.
Contributions made to SMSA to honor a loved one’s memory are a special blessing to us. We are privileged to receive these meaningful gifts that are used to support our mission. We appreciate and recognize the commitment to Catholic education, love, and hope for the future that each memorial donation represents.