FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the annual fund?
Like many other academic and religious organizations, St. John Vianney Catholic School’s Annual Fund finances strategic projects and ensures a positive financial future for the school.
What is the goal?
The Annual Fund goal is to raise $40,000 by June 30th.
Where is the money going?
Proceeds from the Annual Fund will help finance strategic projects that have been identified in the school’s strategic plan including the school’s tuition assistance programs. These include the STEAM initiative and certification process as well as dual language programs.
Who is being asked for money?
We are asking all members of the community to support St. John Vianney School. Including our parents, faculty, staff, grandparents, alumni, friends and corporate partners to consider supporting the school through a financial donation.
How may I donate?
Gifts may be made via the school website at www.sjvs.org and by “clicking” on our secure e-Giving link. Of course, donations may also be sent in via students, dropped off, or mailed directly to the school:
St. John Vianney Catholic School
6200 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32809
Can someone who is not a school family, grandparent or alum donate to the fund?
Yes, by all means, if someone wishes to support the campaign they can do so. Please contact Laura Grant in the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does this replace other fundraisers?
St. John Vianney Catholic School’s fundraisers have always been very successful. It is our hope to provide fundraisers which are also social events which provide a sense of community for the school. Fundraisers are an integral part of our school and we will continue to count on them to raise funds to be used for annual operating expenses.
The Annual Fund is designed to raise funds above and beyond school fundraisers.
Why don’t we just raise tuition to cover costs?
St. John Vianney Catholic School has always provided high-quality, affordable, Catholic education for over 50 years in Orlando. Our diverse culture represents people from all backgrounds and locations. It is our goal to keep the tuition affordable and comparable in cost to other Catholic schools in the Orlando metropolitan area.
Does this replace my donation to the church?
No. Our school population is comprised of active, supportive members of the Catholic Church. Our school is a ministry of the parish. St. John Vianney Catholic Church introduced tithing to the parish with great success. A standard amount for charitable donations is 10% of annual income. We realize that many families tithe (typically 5%) and then make decisions as to where they will make additional charitable donations (perhaps a university, local charity, health research, etc.). We would hope that donors would consider St. John Vianney Catholic School when considering where to make a donation after they have tithed to the church.
Is my contribution to the Annual Fund tax-deductible?
Yes. St. John Vianney Catholic School is a 501c(3) charitable organization.
May I make my gift in honor of someone?
Yes. Donations can be made in honor of any person. Please note that on the form or envelope when making your donation. Please contact Laura Grant in the Development Office at email@example.com.
Can I earmark my donation for a certain cause?
We would prefer that funds be donated to the general fund so that prioritized, strategic projects can be funded. However, we will honor requests for specific, earmarked items.
Can my donation be anonymous?
Yes, donors wishing to remain anonymous can request that on the donation envelope.
How much am I expected to give?
Every gift, no matter the amount, is appreciated. Appropriate gift amounts can only be determined by the individual family. The goal is that every family will participate at a level that is comfortable for them as they prayerfully consider the value that they place on their child’s education and confident in the knowledge that every dollar enhances the excellent educational experience for all students at St. John Vianney Catholic School.
Are we the only Catholic school in Orlando with an annual fund campaign?
Other schools in the Diocese have Annual Fund campaigns as well as endowments.
Please direct any additional questions to Laura Grant in the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.