SCM Annual Fund

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Gifts to the SCM Annual Fund are the first gifts we ask of our community each year. Every gift to the Annual Fund helps to complete our operating budget, providing resources for the very best faculty, classroom materials, and environments for the academic, emotional, and spiritual needs of St. Catherine's students.
SCM Annual Fund gifts are tax-deductible, and pledge payments can be made through May of the giving year.
Reaching our Annual Fund goal is vital to funding the full cost of a comprehensive St. Catherine's education. We ask that 100% of our parents, board members, faculty and staff participate by making a gift. We rely on each of us to make a meaningful gift and fulfill pledged commitments. 
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SCM Annual Fund FAQs
A yearly request for support that provides crucial funding for St. Catherine’s Montessori. Gifts to the annual fund are tax-deductible and allow us to complete the school’s operating budget and fully fund the cost of educating every St. Catherine’s student. Like tuition, annual fund contributions are unrestricted revenue that directly funds: 
•    Salaries, benefits and professional development for guides and staff
•    Classroom materials
•    Extracurricular activities
•    Tuition assistance 
•    Campus utilities and maintenance
•    Continued COVID-related expenses
We ask that 100% of our parents make a gift or pledge before December 1, 2021. Completing the annual fund by December gives St. Catherine’s solid financial footing for the remainder of the school year and also allows us to shift focus to other priorities in the spring. 
Although the campaign ends December 1st, we absolutely accept annual fund contributions through the end of the school year. We ask that all gifts and pledge payments be fulfilled by May 31, 2022.
The SCM Annual Fund goal for 2021-2022 is $175,000 and 100% parent participation. We ask that every family make a gift that is commensurate with their financial capacity and desire to have an impact. Last year, the average family gift to the annual fund was $961, and we received contributions ranging from $25 to $10,000.
Reaching 100% parent participation is as important as reaching our $175,000 goal. Every gift makes a difference.
St. Catherine’s accepts gifts via check, credit card, cash, and securities. Some families give through donor advised funds and family foundations. Online gifts and pledges can be made at Donors may make a one-time gift or set up an automatic recurring donation via the giving portal. Checks can be dropped off at the Front Desk or mailed to St. Catherine’s – please note “Annual Fund” on the memo line.
We also encourage donors to use their employers’ matching gift programs to maximize philanthropic contributions to the school. These programs provide a great opportunity for donors to match, double, or even triple the amount of their gift. Consult with your company’s human resources or charitable giving department to find out how to submit gifts made to St. Catherine's for company matching. Click here to view a list of matching gift companies that have supported St. Catherine’s and other schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in recent years.
At St. Catherine's, as at most independent schools, tuition and fees only cover a portion of the cost to educate every student. Gifts to the annual fund bridge the difference. 
Maintaining affordable tuition for families who wish to send their children to St. Catherine's is a fundamental principle in which our foundresses, Sister Edna Ann Hebert, O.P. and Sister Shirley Owens, O.P., firmly believed when they opened the school in 1966. It is a value that holds true today. If we did not raise funds each year to support the school's daily operations, the only other method to fully fund operating expenses would be to increase tuition. St. Catherine's has been able to grow because of our history of generous community giving.
For more information about giving to St. Catherine's Montessori, contact Advancement Director Lyndsey Ray at or (713) 665-2195.
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SCM Annual Fund Representatives 2021-2022
Amber McCarthy and
 Adolph Trudeau
Nazia and Thaha Mirza
Grecia and Diego Parra 
Ana Treviño-Godfrey and
Jonathan Godfrey
Mary and Chan Tysor