“What is the Annual Fund?”
The Our Lady Star of the Sea Annual Fund was created in 2009 as a yearly appeal to our school community to give generously to support our students. As you may already know, the cost of tuition at OLSS does not fully cover the cost of educating our children. We depend on church support and fund raising to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of operating the school.
“How will OLSS use the monetary donations collected for the Annual Fund?”
Annual Fund donations support the school’s operating budget for the current year and vital functions including student services, and academic programming. Annual Fund gifts offset expenses that would otherwise be translated into tuition and therefore help keep tuition increases to a minimum.
“Why is 100% Annual Fund participation from the OLSS community so important?”
One hundred percent OLSS family and faculty participation in the Annual Fund demonstrates a tangible commitment to the school’s mission and sends a strong message of support to the community. High participation encourages the rest of our community to become dedicated Annual Fund donors who are essential to the long term health of the school.
“Is my/our contribution to the Our Lady Star of the Sea Annual Fund tax deductible?”
Yes, your contribution is 100% tax deductible.
“What is an appropriate contribution to the OLSS Annual Fund?”
Any contribution, regardless of the amount, will be greatly appreciated. Our Lady Star of the Sea School has been blessed to receive family contributions in amounts less than one-hundred dollars, while other families have contributed several thousands of dollars. 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 are confident in the knowledge that every dollar enhances the excellent educational experience for all students at Our Lady Star of the Sea School.
“Who else can contribute to the OLSS Annual Fund?”
Anyone can contribute to the OLSS Annual Fund. Our first priority is to look within Our Lady Star of the Sea and obtain 100% participation from our families, faculty and our School Advisory Board. OLSS alums and alumni families also make up a large portion of our donor base. However, there are many possible ways to receive contributions to the Annual Fund such as corporate matching programs, friends, parishioners and businesses.
“How do I contribute to the annual fund and whom do I contact for more information?”
There are 2 easy ways you can make a tax deductible contribution:
1. Send a check made payable to Our lady Star of the Sea School - click here for a donation form
2. Click the donate button below to donate securely online using your credit card: MasterCard, Visa or American Express.
“What are corporate matching funds?”
Many Companies match contributions that their employees make to non-profit institutions. Not all companies offer this program; however, many mid to large size employers match an employee’s charitable donation dollar for dollar. Upon making your own gift, you may request your company to match it. Matching gift forms are usually available in your company’s human resources office. Click here for our current list of matching gift companies.
Any questions or concerns can be sent directly to Mrs. Natalia Cruz, the Principal at 203-348-1155.