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The Fund for St. Francis: Our Annual Fund

Together with our Annual Fund Chairs, Elizabeth and Jack Conway, we ask every family to give generously to St. Francis in order for us to retain the best faculty, provide unique classroom experiences, and have the most diverse student body of any Independent School in the region. We rely on the support of our current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends to raise $425,000 each year.

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We have made some changes to the Annual Fund for the 2017-18 year and we hope they will make giving even easier and more meaningful for you. We have started the SFS Sustainer program, which will allow you to select automatic monthly payments and make your gift go farther. In addition, you can direct your gifts to one of a family of funds. We hope this will allow you to support SFS in a way that is most impactful to you and your family.

These funds are:
• Greatest Need
• Scholarship & Financial Aid
• Athletics
• Faculty Support
• Performing & Fine Arts

*if any of the directed funds exceed their operating budget, the excess funds will be allocated to Greatest Need.

Together these five funds make up The Fund for St. Francis. Our goal this year is $425,000, and your gift will help us get there. There are many options and ways to give, so please return the enclosed envelope or give online now. Your support will make a real and lasting impact in the lives of our students. We simply can’t do it without you!


Capital Campaign

In 2013, we began a $15+ million Capital Campaign that addresses capital and programmatic needs decisively and creates an abundant future for St. Francis. Our Chairs, Nina Bonnie, Dace Brown Stubbs, and Ginny Frazier, are committed to the success of the campaign and bring the broad perspectives of alumni parent, current grandparent, and current parent, respectively, to the campaign.

The Capital Campaign is a phased comprehensive campaign that includes both bricks and mortar facility improvements and scholarship endowment. By phasing the campaign, we can raise funds for a project, complete it, and move on to the next project. This approach fits the School’s needs, as we have multiple needs on both campuses, rather than one big $15 million building. Our campaign has four (4) bricks and mortar projects, two (2) of which are complete: the Goshen Gym and the expansion of the High School.

Goshen Gym - Exterior - Final

Goshen Gym 2014

Goshen Gym 2014

Goshen Gym 2014

High School Expansion 2016

High School Expansion 2016

High School Expansion 2016

Our next project is the renovation of our Goshen main entrance and Main Amp, which will open up the heart of the Goshen Campus and allow our performing arts facilities to match the wonderful productions that take place there.

Goshen Theater Scheduled 2017-18

Goshen Theater Scheduled 2017-18

Goshen Theater Scheduled 2017-18

Goshen Theater Scheduled 2017-18

The final building project, the High School gym, will create on-campus athletic facilities to inspire our varsity athletes and add to the school climate.

High School Gym TBD

High School Gym TBD

High School Gym TBD

High School Gym TBD

Throughout the campaign, our endowment is growing from $2 million to $4 million, thus securing the long-term future of St. Francis for generations to come.

For any questions about the Capital Campaign, please contact Síofra Rucker, Director of Advancement.


Annual Gala

Each fall, with the help from a wonderful committee of volunteers, St. Francis hosts its Annual Gala. We have two galas that rotate annually — Our Good Earth and Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser. (Prior to 2017-18 we held two galas each year.) Our Good Earth, an outdoor farm-to-table dinner and auction, is set in the fields of our Goshen Campus. Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser is held in downtown Louisville. The art auction features local, regional, and national artists. They are not asked to donate their work, but rather receive half of whatever their pieces sell for and therefore benefit from the auction as well. Both galas support the students of St. Francis.

Here are some highlights from prior galas.

For questions or for more information, please contact Kim Hales, Director of Development.


Volunteering

Volunteer with the Parent Association (PA)

The PA is comprised of all members of the parent body, and its purpose is to help maintain a strong, cooperative, and friendly relationship between parents and the School and to support the School’s Mission. Each family is asked to pay $50 in dues to the PA to support the School. This alleviates the need for any sales-based fundraisers such as candy or wrapping paper.

The PA also hosts many of the community-building events that we have over the school year, including:

Book Sale (D)
Back-to-School Picnic
New Parent Reception (D)
Taste of St. Francis (D)
Grandparents’ Day (G)
Grandparents’ Day (D)
Holiday Wish Fund*
Parent – Child Dance (G)
Parent – Child Campout (G)
Pegasus Parade
Ice Cream Social (G)

Ongoing
Faculty/Staff Appreciation lunches/brunches
Classroom holiday parties (G)
Skating Parties (G)

*The Holiday Wish Fund was created by the PA to simplify the holiday gift giving process and make sure all teachers and staff members are thanked for their hard work. You may donate any amount of money you’d like and the PA then purchases gift cards for each faculty/staff member.

Volunteer with Athletics

Parents can support the athletic program through volunteering and fundraising events throughout the year. Here are ways you can help:

• Serve on The Athletic Committee to plan the year’s activities for the committee
• Athletic Banner Sponsorship is a wonderful way to show your support of the athletic program while advertising your business ($250 – $500).
• Be a Team Parent on your child’s team and help with coordination and communication.
• Concessions worker – we need lots of concessions assistance!
• Gate worker – we need parents at every home game/meet to collect entrance fees.
• Purchase season athletic passes to all home games in a given sport.
• Additional Volunteer Opportunities are needed for scoring, announcing, photographing, team parties, and sports banquets.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Additional Volunteer opportunities are available in every area of the school.
• Be a lunchroom volunteer (Goshen Campus)
• Be a Library volunteer (Goshen Campus)
• Be a Book Sale volunteer (Downtown Campus)
• Be a volunteer sub for the front desk
• Be a PA classroom or grade-level rep
• Serve on the Our Good Earth or Imagine! committee


Scholarships

We are committed to making a St. Francis education accessible to all who are admitted, and as such, over 50% of the student population receives some form of aid to attend. This commitment to diversity and scholarships makes us truly unique among other local, as well as national, Independent Schools. In providing tuition assistance to students and their families, our financial aid helps cultivate a student body that more accurately reflects the diversity of the Louisville community. This allows our students to learn to appreciate and work with people from a variety of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which is critical to achieving our mission.

Talented Minority Youth Scholarships – awarded annually to at-risk minority youth. These scholarships may be awarded each year to two or more qualified students.

New American Scholarships – awarded to students who are immigrants themselves or who are the children of immigrants. These scholarships are normally awarded annually, but depend on the application of relevant students; there can be one or more New American Scholars per year.

Brown-Forman Scholarship – a need-based, four-year scholarship to be awarded to a deserving 8th grader from the West End of Louisville to attend St. Francis School. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Carnighan Scholarship – named in memory of St. Francis School alumnus Michael Carnighan G’84, ’88, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm and aptitude in science and/or mathematics. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Cawein Scholarships – named in honor of Madison Cawein, former artist-in-residence. This scholarship is awarded to who has talent and passion for art, and who demonstrates financial need. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship
– this scholarship is awarded to a passionate student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm for a new beginning at St. Francis. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader new to St. Francis School.


Planned Giving

St. Francis School recognizes and honors parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends who have included the school in their estate plans. SFS’s Planned Giving Program provides a variety of ways to make a planned gift that do not deplete lifetime assets and, in some cases, can furnish additional income and significant tax deductions.

Gifts of Stock
Stock is one of the best assets to use when making a charitable contribution. In most cases, an outright gift of appreciated securities entitles the donor to an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities.

Charitable Remainder Trust
This trust provides either a fixed or variable income for you or your family. Part of the trust qualifies for an income tax deduction, and at the death of the last beneficiary, the assets of the trust are distributed to St. Francis.

Charitable Lead Trust
This trust allows you to pass on assets to family members with significant estate and gift tax savings, while allowing St. Francis to benefit from the income for the duration of the trust.

Bequests/Planned Giving
A bequest or planned giving is a wonderful way to remember St. Francis School in your estate plans. A bequest may be for a specific amount, a percentage of the donor’s estate, or a residual portion.

Gifts of Real Estate
A gift of real estate to St. Francis School provides considerable tax benefits. You also have the option of retaining the right to occupy the property for life or even to receive the income it generates.

Gifts of Life Insurance or Pension Benefits
A gift of life insurance allows you to contribute a previously acquired policy that may no longer be needed for its initial purpose and realize tax benefits. St. Francis may also be named as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, company pension or profit-sharing plan, or of a private fund such as an IRA, Keogh or tax-sheltered annuity.

Gifts in Kind
If a donor gives a tangible asset that can be used by St. Francis in its educational programs, the donor receives a charitable deduction equal to the asset’s fair market value.

Matching Gifts
It may be possible to double your donation, doubling the impact of your gift to St. Francis. Many companies match employee donations, dollar for dollar, to nonprofit organizations like ours. Please consider checking with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program.

We appreciate your interest in and support of St. Francis School. Your attorney or financial planner can provide additional information on how these ways of giving apply to your specific situation. The school can also recommend an attorney who specializes in estate planning and charitable giving.

If you are interested in learning more about these gift opportunities for you and St. Francis School, please contact Kim Hales in the Development Office at 502-736-1008. If you have already designated the school as a beneficiary, please contact the Development Office so that we can recognize your generosity.


Walk of Honor Bricks – Goshen Campus Alumni

To commemorate your child(ren)’s years at St. Francis School, Goshen Campus, you may be interested in purchasing a brick in his/her/their name(s) for the St. Francis “Walk of Honor” located at the entrance of the school. This brick will be a lasting memory of your child(ren)’s experiences at St. Francis and will be seen on every return to the school for visits or other reunions.

Bricks are $250 each and can be purchased here; be sure to note your student’s full name to be shown on the brick.