Why Give to Annual Fund

Why is your support of the Annual Fund so important to LaGrange Academy’s students?

Q: My family is already paying tuition. How does my child benefit when we make a gift to the Annual Fund as well?

A: Your financial contribution to the Annual Fund supports the people and programs that make LaGrange Academy the great school that it is: talented teachers, small classes, enriching arts and athletics programs, library and instructional resources, technology, and much more. Your child’s education is financed by both your tuition and your Annual Fund gift. Because tuition only covers approximately 80% of our operating budget, charitable gifts are a necessary part of LaGrange Academy’s healthy financial profile. Unlike tuition, contributions to the Annual Fund are 100% tax- deductible and allow each family to give at the level at which they are able.

Q: How much should I give to the Annual Fund? What difference can my gift really make?

A: Your gift, regardless of size, ensures that we raise the necessary additional funds for our students above and beyond what tuition covers to support our program, faculty, and facilities. Your participation also encourages others to give and helps the school secure foundation grants. Annual Fund gifts range from $10 to more than $5,000. Pledges can be paid monthly, quarterly, in one lump sum, or any other timetable that works best for you. This makes it possible for families to spread out payments throughout the year. For example, a Leadership Level pledge of $1,000 can be paid in 10 monthly installments of $100. We are happy to send you pledge reminders if you would like. Every gift counts!

Q: What is the difference between a gift and a pledge?

A: A pledge is a promise of money that you will donate to the school by June 30. A gift is cash, check, or a credit card charge that you give outright to the school.

Q: When should I make my Annual Fund gift or pledge?

A: The earlier we receive your pledge or gift, the earlier we can put it to work for our students. If you make a pledge now, then you have until June 30th to pay it. It is a significant help to the school to receive all pledges by Dec. 31st so that we can plan for expenditures during the second half of the school year.

Q: Is LaGrange Academy eligible for Employer Matching Gifts?

A: Yes! Please ask your employer about Matching Gift Programs that support K-12 schools. This is a great way to double and sometimes triple your gift to LaGrange Academy.

Q: How can I help?

A: First, make a gift or pledge to this year’s Annual Fund! Second, as an ambassador for LaGrange Academy, your positive endorsement of the program to the broader community helps attract and retain mission-appropriate students. Third, encourage others to contribute to the Annual Fund, such as grandparents, who want to support the LaGrange Academy and its mission.