In this second part of the series on Giving at GRACE, we will unpack where our Annual Fund dollars have come from in the past and how we would like to change the composition going forward.
Between 2010 and 2016, a variety of annual fund “events” have been held including several golf tournaments, a couple of black-tie dinners and, more recently, the Boosterthon fun and color runs. All of these events share a “give to get” structure that requires a significant portion of the funds raised to underwrite the event giveaways. As a result, participation in these events supported both GRACE and the organization that we partnered with in providing the event.
The pie chart below displays the sources of Annual Fund giving for 2016-2017. The three blue wedges represent contributions made by the GRACE community either as “direct donations” to the annual fund or through participation in one of the aforementioned fundraising events. Overall, 84% of giving has come from these mechanisms and only 16% from other sources.
As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, our goal is to increase contributions from other sources to 30% and reduce the portion of the Annual Fund that comes from direct donations made by GRACE families. We accomplish this by moving away from “give-to-get” events like Boosterthon and its predecessors so that we can maximize the dollars donated by the GRACE community. Additionally, we would like to increase our participation in Affinity Programs and Corporate Gift Matching programs. Next week, we will highlight these two programs and how you can increase your contributions to GRACE without doing anything differently than you have been doing in the past.
The above chart reveals that the Business Partner program has doubled in size from last year. We are so thankful for the support of these business owners and would like to use the space that remains to thank the businesses who have made a significant impact on the GRACE Annual Fund. We encourage the GRACE family to support these businesses when you have needs that they can meet and refer them to your network of friends when possible.
Golden Eagle Partners ($5,000 Annual Contribution)
- Dr. Kelly Ritter Orthodontics
- CBS Roofing
- Heartridge Builders
- The Marks Team Real Estate
- Hendrick Cary Auto Mall
- Dr. C. Ashley Mann, DDS
- Ritter Garden Design
- Stephanie Hudson – MEI-Travel
Silver Eagle Partners ($3,000 Annual Contribution)
Bronze Eagle Partners ($1,000 Annual Contribution)
Thank you for taking the time to review this information. We hope that this is helpful as we begin the new school year. As always, thank you for selecting GRACE Christian School and partnering with us in the education of your child.