Annual Fund FAQ’s
What is the TCMS Annual Fund?
The Trinity Catholic Middle School Annual Fund is a yearly appeal to our school community to give generously to support our students. In today’s environment with all the challenges facing Catholic schools, tuition alone does not cover the cost to educate a student. Support from the Annual Fund is necessary to close the “gap”.
Who is being asked to donate?
We are asking school parents, faculty, alumni, alumni families, friends, businesses and past donors to consider supporting the school through a financial donation.
What is the goal?
The goal for the 2015-2016 Annual Fund is $10,000, 100% parent participation, and increased support from the rest of our community.
Is 100% parent and community participation that important?
YES! 100% participation in the Annual Fund is as important as meeting our overall financial goal. Before outside funding sources, such as foundations, will consider donating their dollars to Trinity Catholic Middle School, they want to know that Trinity families, faculty, and staff are supporters as well. Your contribution to the TCMS 2015-2016 Annual Fund makes a powerful statement to foundations and outside donors who look for strong participation from the school community as they make giving decisions.
I have no idea how much to contribute – what is the suggested donation level?
Trinity Catholic Middle School has a limited donor base compared to a university or a large charity, or even a larger, well-established independent school. Each gift to TCMS counts more because the need is large but the number who will give is small. As a result, we hope that Trinity families will choose to make their children's school their philanthropic priority.
What are corporate matching gifts?
Many employers offer matching gift programs. In some cases, gifts from spouses, directors, and retired employees will be matched as well. Please take the time to determine whether your employer offers such a program – it could serve to double your donation! Do not hesitate to ask the school for whatever documentation you might need in order to facilitate a matching gift. Click here for our current list of matching gift companies.
Will I receive a tax benefit from my donation?
Yes. Trinity Catholic Middle School is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under the laws of the United States. No goods or services will be received in exchange for your gift, so it will be tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Written recognition of your gift will be provided for tax purposes. (Note that the amount donated is tax-deductible in the year in which it is deposited by TCMS.)
To donate please choose one of the following:
a. Send your check, a tax deductable gift, with a donation form to the school.
(click here for a donation form)
b. Click below to donate online via Paypal.
Credit Cards accepted are Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover. After clicking on the donate button below, you’ll be automatically connected to PayPal where you can pay via credit/debit card or PayPal.
You do not need to join PayPal to give to TCMS.
Your gift is very much appreciated!