The Knight Fund
St. Joseph Catholic School Annual Giving Campaign
The Knight Fund
Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Knight Fund?
The Knight Fund is our annual fundraising initiative that supports the operating budget and upgrades to key areas benefiting student learning. The Knight Fund typically accounts for more than 75% of St. Joseph Catholic School’s annual overall fundraising goal.
How is The Knight Fund used, and how do the funds benefit my child?
The Knight Fund is an integral part of SJCS’ operating budget. Tuition covers a large proportion of our students’ core education. However, if tuition was equal to the full cost of operating our school, SJCS would become less accessible to families. By offering an opportunity for tax-deductible donations, The Knight Fund helps keep tuition affordable for more families while also providing funding for enhanced learning opportunities for students in line with the Long Range Strategic Plan of our school. Note: a gift to The Knight Fund is 100% tax-deductible; tuition is not.
How much do we need to raise?
Our 2019-2020 goal is $140,000. $100,000 is needed to meet our operational budget, thus maintaining a more affordable tuition for our families, and $40,000, as well as any additional funds raised, are allocated for educational enhancements.
Who is supporting this campaign?
100% of School Advisory Committee members and school faculty and staff support to The Knight Fund each year. Full participation from school families ensures The Knight Fund’s success and reaffirms our commitment to the students and community of SJCS. Additional support will come from companies with matching gift programs, partnerships with area businesses, alumni and fellow parishioners. Included in this packet is a second pledge form for any extended family members or friends who wish to make a gift to our school.
How do funds raised by SJSPA, Athletic Committee and The Knight Fund differ?
Please visit www.sjscatholic.org/supportsjcs to learn more about every fundraising effort at SJCS. A Fundraising Overview and infographic can be found there.
How much should I give?
To achieve this year’s goal, we do ask families to consider a minimum donation of $375 or more; however, no matter the size, your gift will have a large impact toward our goal. Participation at any level encourages others to give and sends a message of your support to our school and parish community. Every gift counts; every gift matters!
How will the funds be used this year?
Gifts to The Knight Fund allow SJCS to provide the resources necessary to sustain our educational excellence. In addition to supporting the operations of the school and maintaining a more affordable tuition rate, The Knight Fund facilitates improvements identified by the administration in correlation with SJCS’ Long Range Strategic Plan. This year’s improvements are included in Mrs. Phoenix’s letter enclosed your packet.
What is a “Matching Gift” and how do I know if we are eligible?
Your gift can be doubled or tripled if you and/or your significant other works for a company with a matching gift program. Go to www1.matchinggifts.com/sjcslibertyville to see if your company, or its parent company, has a matching program. New companies are added each year. It pays to take a look! During the last four years, matching gifts contributed over $190,000 to The Knight Fund!
How can I give?
SJCS operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Acknowledgements will be issued via Give Central.
I can’t give now but would like to later. Can I do that?
Absolutely! Pledges are accepted now through October 15, 2019. All campaign pledge payments are due by May 1, 2020.
Can I break my pledge into several payments?
Yes. You can set up a payment schedule through Give Central or through FACTS either with your credit card or electronic checking. Please remember that all pledge payments need to be received by May 1, 2020.