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Giving Frequently Asked Questions

Fundraising is one example of philanthropy which means to love people, or give to people. By giving financially to St. Stephen's, you give back to the teachers, students and school that make a difference in your family's life. You help set an example for your children, other families, and send a message to the hundreds of families who have also given to St. Stephen's: We believe in our shared mission to educated, challenge, nurture and prepare our students for success in a diverse and changing world.

Gifts to the Annual Fund are funds for short­term projects, used during that school year. Resources for classrooms, upgrades for technology, added funds for professional development for teachers, etc. The Annual Fund renews each year when families are asked to participate once more. Gifts to the Capital Campaign are funds for long­term projects, to be used for special large scale initiatives. This may include facilities (the Main Highway Pavilion), endowment for Faculty Support and endowment for Financial Aid. Families are asked to make "pledges" to the Capital Campaign which may be paid over five years. Both kinds of giving are tax­deductible. Gifts to the Capital Campaign may INCLUDE Annual Fund gifts so that each annual payment may be allocated towards both funds.

Contributions made through the Annual Fund and the School & Home Association do not carry any restrictions, and give the Head of School and the Board of Trustees the greatest flexibility. These gifts are critical from year to year in filling additional resource needs from teachers, special programs, student activities and more.

Contributions made to either the General Endowment or the Financial Aid Endowment are restricted by their nature. Endowments are basically savings accounts, dedicated to preserve the principal amount and invest the interest in the school. Our Endowment funds are overseen by a committee of Board members and qualified volunteers.

Certain valuable tax benefits may be available because of your gifts to St. Stephen's, a 501(c)3 non­profit organization. Gifts of cash, appreciated securities including stocks, bequests made in your will, or other ways may allow you and your family major tax benefits. We are happy to help you find the best way of giving, and encourage you to explore different options with your tax advisor.

Major gift efforts are going towards the strategic reserve account to support areas of most immediate need identified by board of trustees. Long­range planning fulfils the goals of the strategic plan.

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