Making a tax deductible donation to the Saint Thomas Education Foundation supports a quality Catholic education at Saint Thomas School. Any donation to the Foundation goes directly to the 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)
  • Effortless Giving and Additional Support

Tuition Angel Fund

One of our cornerstones is our Tuition Angel 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, “CELEBRATE Auction 2022,” 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 the foundation.

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.

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.

Existing scholarships


Ed Carr Scholarship

Jeanine Serba

Rosemary C. Cook Scholarship

Ralph J. Haas Family Scholarship

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.

Effortless Fundraising

YOU can help raise funds in support of The Saint Thomas Education Foundation through the following programs. Click on the folders below for more information. Funds raised will support a variety of school activities, programming, and events.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price (0.5%) to the Saint Thomas Education Foundation. Click here and in the supporting box select the Saint Thomas Educational Foundation. Then start shopping!

Matching gifts

Ask your employer if they have a matching gift program! This will allow your contribution to any of the Education Foundation fundraising efforts to have a greater reach. If you need help filling out any matching gift paper work in order for your request to be processed, please contact betsyedgerton@stthomasgr.org.

Share the Saint Thomas Education Foundation on social media

One of the best ways to extend the reach of the Saint Thomas Education Foundation is to share our information with your network. Please feel free to share the Saint Thomas Education Foundation ways to give page on your social media to help connect us with your community and network as well.