Each year all-four schools rely heavily on the generosity of our alumni, parents, grandparents, Catholic community and friends to support our mission. Tuition and fees only cover 46% of the cost to educate. This year we need to raise $291,000 or $305 per K-12 student by June 30, 2018 in the annual Spirit Fund. For the sixth straight year, enrollment has increased and we are now educating nearly 1,100 students in preschool through 12th grade. Spirit Fund provides funds to cover the cost of programs that directly impact every school. The Spirit Fund is critical to funding teacher pay and future wage increases – by far the largest portion of our budget. With everyone’s support, we can continue to offer a high quality Catholic education to all who desire it.
MAKING A GIFT BEFORE DECEMBER 31ST
Take advantage of state and federal tax benefits by making a gift to the Spirit Fund by December 31. Make your gift online now or call the Advancement Office at (765) 474-7500 to make your gift today!
- Make a credit/debit card gift by midnight December 31 to receive credit for the 2017 tax year.
- Call the Advancement Office from 8:00am to 5:00pm EST to give or get more information on how to make gifts of appreciated stock or mutual funds.
- Mail must be postmarked “December 31” to receive credit for the 2017 tax year. Gifts can be mailed to: LCSS/Advancement Office/2410 S. 9th Street/Lafayette, IN 47909.
LCSS ADVANCEMENT HOURS
The Advancement Office WILL BE OPEN beginning Wednesday, December 27 – Friday, December 29 from 8:00am to 4:30pm EST. During the holiday weekend from December 30 – December 31, gifts can be made online and through mail.
RECURRING GIFTS ARE BUDGET FRIENDLY
Make a big impact while working within your budget. More people continue to spread their gift over twelve months or four quarters.
DOUBLE YOUR GIFT
Take just a few minutes to double the impact of your gift. Visit our list to see if your company will match your gift to LCSS. Some will even match gifts by retirees, spouses, or partners of employees. What’s even better is that most companies with these programs will match donations made at any point during the last year!
USING YOUR TRADITIONAL IRA FOR GIVING
Tax legislation now allows those who are 70-1/2 or older to give up to $100K per year to LCSS through their Traditional IRA. If you are taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) into your income, you can take advantage of the IRA Rollover to satisfy in part or in whole your RMD. For more information, click on Charitable IRA Rollover Instructions.
USE AMAZON SMILE WHEN SHOPPING ONLINE
If you are purchasing gifts online this holiday season, think about using Amazon Smile – which donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. You can select the Lafayette Area Catholic School Foundation or Central Catholic Athletic Association for your charity. This will not provide you with any personal giving credit, but you can know that you are making an impact even while you shop.