Guiding Tomorrow's Hearts and Minds

The St. Matthew's Fund

Why is your gift to the St. Matthew's Fund important?
The St. Matthew's Fund is the largest source of revenue for the school. Fundraising events, like the auction, also help to support the school’s operating expenses. Together, these resources fuel the learning that distinguishes an exceptional educational programs.
The Impact You Can Make
A gift to the Fund is the most important gift parents can make to the school. The St. Matthew’s Fund is vital to ensuring the continued excellence of our children’s St. Matthew’s experience and enriches it by:
  • supporting our resources for recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff
  • solidifying our commitment to diversity by enhancing our tuition assistance program
  • honoring our commitment to staying on the leading edge of advances in educational technology, curriculum and instruction

Unique to this year, the Fund will ensure the high quality of our exceptional programs during the COVID-19 crisis through:
  • providing additional teacher professional development for distance learning
  • supporting the purchase of equipment for COVID-19 safety and social distance protocols, such as air filters and classroom furniture consistent with required protocols
  • supporting the recruitment of additional faculty/ staff required to supervise the student cohorts in each grade, and help support their health and safety

All proceeds from the St. Matthew's Fund are used to support the ongoing operational expenses of the school as needed in the current year or in future years.

Meet the Team

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Rakhee Kaushik

    Rakhee Kaushik 

    Director of Development

FAQs

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Why is my gift to the St. Matthew's Fund important?

    Outside of tuition, the St. Matthew’s Fund is the largest source of revenue for the school. Events, like the auction, also help to support the school’s operating expenses. Together, these resources make it possible for us to hire and retain outstanding teachers, have a socio-economically diverse community, offer comprehensive programs in the maker lab, arts, world languages, and experiential learning which set our students apart in high school and beyond.

    Unique to this pandemic year, the Fund will ensure the high quality of our
    exceptional programs during the COVID-19 crisis through:

    • providing additional teacher professional development for distance learning
    • supporting the purchase of equipment for COVID-19 safety and social distance protocols, such as air filters and classroom furniture consistent with required protocols
    • supporting the recruitment of additional faculty/ staff required to supervise the student cohorts in each grade, and help support their health and safety
  • What is the St. Matthew's Fund money spent on?

    The St. Matthew’s Fund supports our faculty and our programs. Salaries and benefits represent 68% of St. Matthew’s operating expenses, which is in line with the national average. The St. Matthew’s Fund supports all the operations of the school including the financial aid program. About 11% of our students receive financial aid.
  • What is an appropriate contribution?

    All gifts ensure an exceptional experience for every student, in each class. The size of the gift depends on individual means, and a gift from every family is our goal! All gifts are greatly appreciated.

    We are an economically diverse community and each family is asked to thoughtfully consider a gift that will be personally meaningful. Each family is requested to participate to the best of their ability. In appreciation, all donors who give $3,500 or more are considered leaders within St. Matthew's philanthropic culture, and are invited to the Leadership Reception in the fall.

    Our Giving Levels are:
    Visionary:      $20,000 and above
    Trailblazer:    $15,000 -  $19,999
    Pathfinder:    $10,000 - $14,999
    Innovator:     $7,000 - $9,999
    Pioneer:        $3,500 - $6,999
    Adventurer:   $1,500 - $3,499
    Explorer:       $500 - $1,499
    Mustangs:     Gifts up to $499
    Blue & Gold Young Alumni Society: [Class of 2006 – 2020]
  • Why not just raise tuition?

    Raising tuition to the actual cost of educating each student would place too large a burden on many families, making it impossible for their children to attend St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School. By containing tuition costs through your support of the St. Matthew’s Fund, we are able to fulfill our commitment to attracting talented as well as diverse students. All donations to the St. Matthew’s Fund are fully tax-deductible.
  • Why is 100% participation important?

    Knowing that everyone contributes to the Day School's fundraising programs helps strengthen and unite our community behind our mission, and the total becomes greater than the sum of its parts. 100% support for the St. Matthew's Fund includes trustees, current and alumni families, grandparents, faculty, administration and staff.
  • Is my gift tax-deductible?

    Yes. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School is a nonprofit organization recognized as tax exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3). Your charitable gift is fully tax deductible as defined by the IRS. Tickets, auction items and gifts in kind may or may not be fully tax deductible under certain circumstances.
  • What is the Day School Foundation

    The Day School Foundation (DSF) was established as a non-profit, charitable foundation in 1995. Its purpose is to manage funds raised by St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School in support of the school’s operations, educational programs and facilities. Donations to the St. Matthew's Fund, Capital Campaign, Fund-A-Need and event net revenue are made directly to the Day School Foundation. The DSF is managed by an independent, five-member board comprised of current and alumni parents in close collaboration with the Board of Trustees of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School.