St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School

St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School
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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is an integral component of the Day School's overall budget, and the School's largest source of income after tuition. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide the financial resources that enable St. Matthew's to maintain and expand its exceptional programs, hire and support our excellent faculty and staff, offer tuition assistance, improve facilities and stay on the leading edge of advances in educational technology.

Unrestricted funds make up the largest percentage of gifts and allow the Day School to apply financial resources where it is needed most. This also provides the flexibility within the budget to respond to initiatives that arise throughout the year.

Ways to Give
Thank you for considering a gift to St. Matthew’s. There are a variety of ways in which you can support the School’s funding priorities. For more information please call the Development Office at 650-342-5436, ext. 719



Matching Gifts

Stock & Securities



Memorials and Honors

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Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why not raise tuition to the full amount necessary?
A. Like other independent schools, St. Matthew’s relies on Annual Fund and event income to make up the roughly 10% difference between tuition revenue and the expenses associated with operating the School. This helps moderate tuition increases and keeps a St. Matthew’s education within reach of more families, thereby fulfilling our mission. In effect, thanks to the generosity of our parents, grandparents, and community, each student’s tuition represents a “discount” from the full cost of achieving programmatic and personal excellence.

Q. What is an appropriate Annual Fund contribution?
A. The size of a gift depends on your means, and a gift from every parent is our goal! All gifts are greatly appreciated and make a difference. Gifts at the Pioneer level ($2,500 - $4,499) help meet the shortfall between tuition income and operating expenses. However, the School receives a range of gifts from the Mustangs giving level to Visionary and beyond. Families are encouraged to make their children’s school a top giving priority, and their generosity is evident in the high level of participation in the School’s Annual Fund program.  The new giving levels this year, 2016 - 2017, are:

Visionary:       $15,000 and above
Trailblazer:     $10,000 - $14,999
Pathfinder:     $7,500 - $9,999
Innovator:      $4,500 - $7,499
Pioneer:         $2,500 - $4,499
Adventurer:    $1,500 - $2,499
Explorer:        $500 - $1,499
Mustangs:      Gifts up to $499

Blue & Gold Young Alumni Society (Class of 2002 to 2016)

Q. What is the intrinsic value of having 100% participation in the Annual Fund?
A. Knowing that everyone contributes to the Day School's fundraising programs helps strengthen and unite our community behind the School's mission, and the total becomes greater than the sum of its parts. 100% support for the Annual Fund includes faculty, administration and staff.
Linda Handalian
Director of Development & Communications

Rakhee Kaushik
Assistant Director of Development & Communications
Annual Fund Calendar
Annual Fund Kick-Off:
October 2016

Annual Fund Closes:
June 30, 2017

Fiscal Year for Gift and Pledge Payments:
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Annual Fund Co-Chairs:
Mike Buckley and Sam Shank