Frequently Asked Questions
While the true value of a St. Luke’s School education is hard to quantify, the cost of educating each student exceeds tuition every year. We supplement funding for our programs with money generated from annual fundraising activities, special gifts to the school and, from time to time, capital campaigns. The generosity of St. Luke’s supporters enables us not only to maintain but also to enhance the quality of our students’ educational experience each and every day.
The sole purpose of Friends of St. Luke’s School (FOSLS) is to support and raise funds for St. Luke’s School. The Board of FOSLS is composed of parents of children currently enrolled in the school.
Every member of the school community – current and past parents, alumni, grandparents, current and former faculty and staff, and friends – is asked each year. Last year, gifts to the Annual Fund ranged from $25 to $25,000. Every gift – no matter the size – is needed and greatly appreciated.
Because all current students benefit from gifts to the Annual Fund, every current family is asked to contribute to the best of its ability. Every dollar given to the Annual Fund is used to provide for the outstanding faculty and programs that directly benefit our students every day. The Annual Fund supports everything from the latest technology and hardware, to the best teaching tools and classroom equipment, athletic and arts programs, safety and security for our campus, maintenance and upkeep, financial assistance, as well as faculty salaries and compensation – all aspects of the school from the nitty-gritty to the inspiring.
I already give my time volunteering, attending events, and donating auction items. Do I have to write a check too?
The Annual Fund provides the foundation each year for our fundraising efforts. We ask each family to make this gift a priority when deciding how to contribute to St. Luke’s School. We strive for 100% parent participation because high participation builds community and inspires others to give.
High participation rates among members of the St. Luke’s community are a vote of confidence – a sign that our parents and others invest in our students’ future and support the school’s mission. While donating is strictly voluntary, for the past three years every current family has chosen to make a contribution to the Annual Fund. 100% of our faculty and staff have given to the Annual Fund for the past five years!
Everyone is encouraged to give to the best of their ability, and we understand that means different things at different times. We simply ask you to make a gift that is meaningful to your family. Achieving 100% participation is crucial, so deciding the giving level that is right for your family and participating during the campaign is most important. Ideally, a family’s giving reflects their commitment to St. Luke’s School, their desire to support the school’s mission, and their individual circumstances.
The Annual Fund drive launches in the fall and runs for five weeks. Your family will be contacted by mail and by parent volunteers during that time. We ask that you make a pledge to participate during the five-week period. Any pledge made can be paid by May 31 to count toward this year’s Annual Fund.