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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Annual Fund?

Our Annual Fund is a unrestricted endowment that supports 4% of our operating budget and therefore makes a significant impact in all areas of school life, most notably in the areas of academic and athletic programs, scholarships, faculty professional development, and physical plant. Annual Fund campaigns help make up the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of our school's operation.

What are the giving levels of the Annual Fund?

21st Century Circle $25,000 and above
Foundation Circle $10,000 - $24,999
Head's Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Latane Society $2,500 - $4,999
Woolfolk Society $1,000 - $2,499
River Club $500 - $999
Blue Grey Club $250 - $499
Thistle Club $249 and below

What is the difference in an unrestricted gift and a restricted gift?

An unrestricted gift to St. Margaret's will go toward the Annual Fund to support the school's operating budget. A restricted gift is designated to a particular fund to be used for specific project like the purchase of flowers for our Chapel.

Who gives to the Annual Fund?

Why give to the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund helps to support the operating expenses of St. Margaret's School and makes a significant impact in all areas of school life, most notably in the areas of academic and athletic programs, scholarships, faculty professional development, and physical plant. Your contribution ensures that St. Margaret's evolves into an even better place for our girls to live and learn.

Do teachers support the Annual Fund?

The answer is yes! This year, 100% of faculty and staff participated in the annual fund.

Can donations be made to the Annual Fund at any time during the year? I am expecting a tax refund and would like to use a portion of that as a donation. How flexible can my payments be on an Annual Fund pledge?

Yes! Pledge payments aren't due until June 30. But we need to secure pledges now, as they represent money that we count on to fund operations in this year's budget. Pledges may be paid by check, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, through gifts of stock, or in cash. Payments can be made in person, through the mail or online through the secure giving site at www.sms.org/giving

Are donors of the Annual Fund recognized in the Annual Report?

All donations, regardless of size, are recognized in the school's Annual Report, unless the donor wishes to remain anonymous.

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