Your Generosity Makes a Difference
The Cathedral Fund is the centerpiece of the school’s annual fundraising efforts. It represents the second largest source of unrestricted operating funds after tuition. Your support will make a lasting impact for our students and their families.
Be Part of the Cathedral Fund
Providing more than ten percent of Cathedral’s annual operating budget, Cathedral Fund dollars allow the school to support programs that make Cathedral unique—the unrivaled academic program, the wide variety of creative arts, service learning, athletic and activity programs, teacher salaries, classroom enrichment, and financial aid to well-qualified students who otherwise would not be able to afford a Cathedral education.
Each and every gift makes a difference in the school’s ability to fulfill its mission and provide an excellent, Christ-centered education.
Why is the The Cathedral Fund so important?
The Cathedral Fund is essential to Cathedral’s continued fiscal health. Every year, the school must raise approximately ten percent of its annual operating budget from this annual drive, which represents the second largest source of unrestricted operating funds after tuition. Cathedral Fund dollars sustain the excellence of a Cathedral education and its unique programs and support teacher salaries, classroom enrichment, and financial aid to well-qualified students.
A successful Cathedral Fund campaign delivers a powerful message that the school community is voicing its commitment to an outstanding Cathedral experience. Strong Cathedral Fund participation demonstrates a healthy and vibrant school to potential applicants and their families, supporters of the school, prospective employees, and members of the community.
Why doesn’t tuition cover the full cost of school operations?
Revenue from tuition and fees covers only about 82 percent of the cost of running our extraordinary school and its outstanding programs. Cathedral raises revenue through annual giving to help cover operating expenses. Instead of increasing tuition to meet the full cost of operations, annual giving allows school constituencies to bridge this gap on a tax-deductible basis.
The Cathedral Fund is a critical component of Cathedral’s annual giving. The school’s annual fundraiser, the annual Celebration of Seasons, also plays an important role in raising money and building community, but is not a substitute for the Cathedral Fund.
How are Cathedral Fund dollars used?
Cathedral Fund giving touches every student and helps sustain everything that makes a Cathedral education extraordinary. Cathedral Fund dollars support the hiring and retention of outstanding faculty members, provide the resources to enhance academic and extracurricular programs, allow the school to properly maintain its facilities, and enable the school to offer aid to well-qualified students who otherwise would not be able to afford a Cathedral education.
I currently have a child/children attending Cathedral. How much should my family give?
That is a personal decision, but please keep in mind that tuition is currently set at $1,800 below the cost of educating a student. Achieving 100 percent parent participation is meaningful, so deciding the giving level that is right for your family and participating is most important. Ideally, a family’s giving reflects their commitment to Cathedral, their desire to support the school’s mission, and their individual circumstances.
When does The Cathedral Fund take place?
Cathedral gratefully accepts gifts throughout the year and records those gifts in the fiscal year in which they are received. Cathedral’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
What's YOUR Impact?
One Size Doesn’t Fit All.
“Setting the tuition level below the actual cost of educating a child is a common practice used by private schools to afford some tax relief that only a donation can provide. While parents often contribute to cover the cost of educating their children, others chip-in to help those families that find it too much of a stretch.”
~Chris Schellinger, Development Officer