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Ways to Give to the Education Foundation

Making a tax deductible donation to the Saint Thomas Education Foundation supports a quality Catholic education at Saint Thomas School. You can give in many ways:

  • Cash or check donations
  • Online donations
  • Automatic Payroll Deductions (Double your gift through your employer’s matching gift program)
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)


Angel Tuition Fund

One of the cornerstones of both Saint Thomas the Apostle School and Parish is our Angel Tuition Fund, which provides full and partial scholarships to qualifying students admitted to Saint Thomas. Each year, approximately 10%-15% of our student population benefit from Angel Tuition Fund. The generosity and commitment of our school families, parishioners and greater Grand Rapids community is a reminder of God's love for each of us and the importance of our school mission. Our bi-annual fundraiser, currently referred to as "Auction," is a primary opportunity to contribute to the Angel Tuition Fund, however, we appreciate your generosity at any time.

To learn more about how to contribute your gifts and/or talents to our Angel Tuition Fund, please contact our School Office.

 

Tributes and Memorials

You can give a gift in honor or memory of a loved one. Gifts made to The Foundation are added to the endowment and carefully invested, rather than given away, they continue to provide financial assistance to Saint Thomas School in perpetuity. To give a gift in honor or memory of a loved one is actually to give a “Forever Gift” on behalf of that person.

Scholarships

You can direct donations to one or more of the Foundation's endowed scholarships. These established scholarships are being funded by family, friends, alumni, and other generous donors such as yourself.

Existing scholarships include:

  • Ed Carr Scholarship
  • Jeanine Serba Scholarship
  • Rosemary C. Cook Scholarship
  • Ralph J. Haas Scholarship

To establish a scholarship, contact us to discuss the process. We suggest a minimum gift of $5,000 to establish the fund. It will be considered fully endowed when the fund balance reaches $25,000, which can happen all at once, over time or even through a will or bequest. As with all donations to the Education Foundation, contributions to these funds are never spent. They are permanently invested and only the revenue generated is used to make financial disbursements to Saint Thomas School and students.

Legacy Gifts

Donors who have supported Catholic education over the years can continue that patronage through strategic estate planning. Appreciated stocks, real estate, life insurance policies, 401K funds, or tangible personal property such as antiques, art, coins and jewelry can all be donated or willed to the Education Foundation. In addition to the potential tax advantages of making a legacy gift, you will be ensuring that Saint Thomas School can continue to provide affordable, dynamic Catholic education for generations to come.