-TST ADVANTAGE FUND-
100% Participation Fall Challenge
Working together this Fall to give our children the ultimate "ADVANTAGE."
We are asking that 100% of TST Parents, Faculty & Staff, Board Members,
and Alumni give to this vital fund between September 1 - December 20.
This fund is our TOP school priority and every gift matters!
Gifts to this fund close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Trinity education. The Trinity Advantage Fund (TAF) helps the school live up to its commitment to providing the VERY best education for your children and goes above and beyond the opportunities offered by the operational budget to continually enhance the TST educational experience.
Tuition alone cannot fund both the entire cost of a Trinity education and additional enhancements as is the case with most independent schools. Tuition only covers 85% of our school's annual operating budget, so TST relies on gifts to The Trinity Advantage Fund to raise the additional revenue needed to sustain the school's commitment to providing each student with the highest quality education possible.
The Trinity School of Texas Advantage Fund serves to build and sustain the Trinity Advantage:
faith based mission, character development, excellent academics, faculty and staff professional development, smaller class sizes, safe and nurturing environment, strong athletics, vibrant visual and performing arts and more.
Why does the TAF campaign last only one semester?
Having a condensed fundraising campaign (fall semester only) provides our families the opportunity to make a gift early. This will eliminate repeated appeals and the need for ongoing solicitations that end up costing the school more money.
How will it work?
Make your pledge as early as possible this year and your name will be added to our Annual Report's Participation List and your child's grade level will get special recognition when 100% of the families are showing as participants. Each individual grade is trying to achieve 100% to show how much they care about TST! You will have until June 30, 2014 to make full payment on your pledge…so pledge now and pay later if you'd like!
How much should I pledge?
Give as generously as possible, making TST one of your top three philanthropies. Remember, pledges can be paid out monthly with your payment fulfilled by the end of the school's fiscal year, June 30, 2014.
EX: If each TST family gave $25 a month, we would reach $90,000 without including our Leadership Gifts.
How do I become a Leadership Donor?
All gifts to TST are greatly appreciated. To fully fund our school, we also need our Lead Donors. All gifts of $1,000+ are considered Leadership Donations. Lead Donors are invited to the annual Lead Donor Reception with the Headmaster each September and are included in the Lead Donor Section of the Annual Report.
Where do my dollars go?
Our "TST Family of Funds," allow families to designate where their gift will go: Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics, Spirituality, Technology, or Area of Greatest Need. Choose your passion and you will see the difference you are making! The Trinity Advantage Fund is the school's most important fundraising effort. We encourage everyone to participate in the TAF this fall.
Why not raise tuition to cover all costs?
Through tax-deductible donations to The Trinity Advantage Fund, the school can keep tuition low. Large tuition increases may prohibit the opportunity of a Trinity education to many families in our East Texas area, therefore changing the diverse culture and unique learning environment each student currently enjoys.
Are my gifts tax deductible?
Yes! Your gift is 100% tax deductible. Gifts can be made by cash, check, online by credit card, and via phone by credit card. TST offers both monthly giving options and one time gift options in order to fit each donor's individual needs best.
Why is 100% participation SO important?
The school's financial strength relies on the participation of all members of the school family. Furthermore, when we ask foundations and corporations for their support, the participation rate from within our own community, is an indicator to them that the school is strong and worthy of their support. Your involvement generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting Trinity!
Help us achieve our goal of 100% Participation by December 20 by doing YOUR PART today! Every gift matters, no matter the size.