2019 - 2020 SJMS Annual Fund Campaign
Our goal is to raise $80,000 by June 30, 2020 with 100% community participation from parents, board, faculty and staff.
Help us reach our goal today! Donate online below or bring your pledge card and payment to the SJMS office.
Can you give $10-$20 every month? Monthly payment options are available through Smart Tuition or Paypal.
Your support of the SJMS Annual Fund has the power to make an immediate impact on the daily lives of SJMS students – from programming enrichment to faculty support to facilities improvement.
Annual Fund FAQs
What is the annual fund?
SJMS, along with most private schools and non-profit organizations solicit gifts on an annual basis to support yearly budget and general operations. Meeting annual fund goals each year allows SJMS to keep tuition lower and to provide exceptional programming for our students. Donors to our 2019-20 Annual Fund will have the option of giving to curriculum and professional development, facilities improvements, tuition assistance, or area of greatest need.
Why should I give to The Annual Fund?
Making a meaningful gift to the Annual Fund is one of the most important ways you can express your support for our school and your belief in our mission. “Meaningful gift” is defined as what your family can afford; for some families this is $5, while for others it may be $50, $1,000, or $10,000. The only gift that is too small is no gift at all!
What is the Gap?
St. Joseph Montessori School, as at most private schools, our tuition revenue covers between 75% and 80% of the cost of operating the school. We make up the difference — “the gap” as we call it — through a combination of grants, auxiliary program revenue, reimbursement for administrative services from the State of Ohio, investment income from our modest endowment, and most importantly, fundraising. Achieving our annual fund goals is what takes SJMS from being a great school to an exceptional school.
Why is participation so important?
High participation signals institutional strength and school pride. It also means that more individuals are sharing the financial responsibility to support the school. No matter what you give, we always strive for 100% participation from our faculty and staff, board of trustees, and parents because it shows that all families support the school.
What does The Annual Fund support?
Your Annual Fund gift is helping us to achieve our mission — a commitment to a “learning environment that respects the uniqueness of each child in reaching his or her full potential.” Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon school in 1994 and 2004, St. Joseph Montessori School consistently demonstrates a commitment to excellence in learning. Your annual fund gift directly supports the attributes that make SJMS one of the greatest educational assets in central Ohio:
Low student-to-teacher ratio
Specialized instructors in Montessori education, foreign language, music, art and physical education
Need-based financial aid which enables us to remain an economically diverse community
Professional development for staff
How can I make a gift?
Gifts of cash and check are the most common and efficient way to donate and can be sent to St. Joseph Montessori School at 933 Hamlet Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201. Gifts using credit or debit cards can be made directly on our website. All donations to SJMS are tax-deductible based on the school’s 501(c)(3) designation.