Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the school ask for contributions in addition to tuition?
Charitable gifts raised in support of the Excellence Fund and Auction are needed to bridge the gap between actual tuition income and actual operating costs of the school. Tuition alone does not cover the total cost of educating our students.
Why doesn't the school charge enough to cover operating costs?
Southwest Christian School strives to maintain tuition at a level that enables families of every socio-economic level the opportunity to provide a Christian education for their child while continuing to provide academic excellence.
What are the different giving opportunities that are available each year?
There are many opportunities to support SCS, however, our Excellence Fund is one of our most major fundraising events. Money donated to SCS through Excellence Fund is vital to the school's annual operating budget. Three percent of the operating budget is raised through Excellence Fund contributions, which helps the SCS Board of Trustees in their effort to keep tuition at a reasonable level. Gifts pledged to the Excellence Fund are tax deductible. Another important giving opportunity is through support of the auction held in April. Funds contributed to the auction are tax deductible over fair market value.
What is the difference between the Excellence Fund and a Capital Campaign?
The Excellence Fund helps offset annual operating expenses. Gifts pledged to the Excellence Fund are generally payable no later than the end of the academic year. Capital campaigns are conducted to provide significant funds for construction, renovations, or extensive equipment purchases. Contributions made to a capital campaign are generally pledged over three to five years.
Can I designate my gift?
While the Excellence Fund seeks unrestricted gifts, if there is a project or program at SCS that you are interested in supporting with a gift, please let us know.
Does SCS approach foundations and local businesses to support the school?
Yes, SCS development efforts include approaching area foundations and local businesses. Many of these entities base their assistance on the support an organization receives from its families, friends, Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff members. For this reason, it is our desire to have a large percentage of our families and friends participating when we approach foundations and businesses.
Can I contribute something other than cash?
Yes, there are many ways to support SCS. Volunteer. Give an in-kind gift. The options for giving are unlimited, we are delighted to work with you in any capacity.
Can we make a gift anonymously?
Yes, when you make your contribution, please note that you would like to be anonymous and we will be happy to honor your request.
My company offers a matching gift program. Would the school be interested in this program?
Yes, matching gifts are an easy way to increase your contribution to the school. Please let us know if your company offers this program.
I can't afford to give much. Should I bother?
The only gift too small is no gift at all. Previous donors have provided for our current student population and current donors will provide for future generations.
Is our gift tax-deductible?
All contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Southwest Christian School is a not-for-profit 501 (c)3 educational organization.