What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a critical campus-wide fundraising effort that raises monies for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Maryville, and Valley Catholic School. Annual Fund revenues are dedicated to the operating budgets of each corporate entity. Employees, faculty, staff, parents, grandparents, friends of the Sisters, friends and families of Maryville, and Valley Catholic alumni are invited to support this all-important campaign. This year’s Annual Fund goal is $600,000.

Why are gifts to the Annual Fund important?

Your gifts provide the financial resources that enable the Sisters and their sponsored ministries (Valley Catholic School and Maryville) to fulfill their missions.

Your gift also demonstrates the community’s commitment to the Sisters and their ministries. Funding organizations examine the level of financial support that is provided by the community’s members as part of determining which organizations will receive grants and corporate gifts. A high percentage of donor participation, particularly among our school community, increases the likelihood of securing grants and corporate funding.

Is my gift tax deductible?

The SSMO Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law as determined by IRS regulations. A letter from the SSMO Foundation will be provided to you following the receipt of your gift. Please retain this letter as proof of your tax-deductible donation. Donors will also receive a calendar year-end tax statement from the SSMO Foundation for their records.

Donors who make gifts to the SSMO Foundation before December 31 are eligible for a deduction in that year. Stocks must be transferred and mail must be postmarked by December 31 to receive tax credit for that year.

Which should I support: the Annual Fund Campaign or the Capital Campaign?

We ask that the Annual Fund campaign be your first giving priority. Currently, there are no formal capital campaigns in progress. Since gifts to the Annual Fund cover the current year’s operating expenses, they have an immediate impact on a number of critical areas. They benefit every child in our school, every resident at Maryville, and each Sister every day in the same year the gift is given.

When can I expect to be asked for a contribution to the Annual Fund?

Every year, in October or early November, information about the Annual Fund and a request for your support will arrive in the mail or via email. We hope that you will support this request at a level that is reasonable for your budget.

When is the fiscal year?

July 1 through June 30.

Can I make a pledge now and pay later?

Yes! Choose a payment schedule that works best for you: monthly, quarterly, or annually. The Foundation office will send a periodic reminder until your balance is paid. For an Annual Fund gift, we ask that your pledge be paid in full by June 30 of the fiscal year.

Will you remind me of my pledge?

Yes. Once your pledge is made, we will send you a reminder with a return envelope. After that, periodic pledge reminders will be mailed.

May I make a gift using a credit card?

Yes, you can make a credit card gift using VISA, MasterCard or Discover card by using our secure online web form.

May I donate something other than cash?

Yes. We accept gifts of stock, which should be electronically transferred to maintain its tax-deductible status. Call the SSMO Foundation Office at 503-718-6481 to notify us of your intentions. Learn more about Gifts of Securities.

Why ask parents for contributions in addition to the tuition and fees they already pay?

Tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of a private Catholic school education. Our fundraising efforts help bridge the gap between the income generated by tuition and fees, and the actual cost of educating each student at Valley Catholic School. The money generated by this fundraising helps ensure that Valley Catholic remains a truly exceptional school for every student.

Why doesn’t the school charge the full amount to cover operating costs?

The traditional Catholic School tuition model maintains charging between 70-75% of the true cost of education to keep Catholic education available, inclusive and affordable to all families. As in all private schools, basic tuition revenues are supplements through fundraising programs like the Annual Fund and the Gala.