Everything we call “ours” in this world really belongs to God. After supporting your local church, we ask you to prayerfully consider whether God is calling you to share some of the resources with which you have been blessed with GRACE Christian School. Helping to equip tomorrow’s leaders with academic excellence from a biblical worldview is a gift that honors our Creator and has eternal implications.
GRACE Christian School receives no financial support from federal, state, or local governments. Additionally, as a non-denominational and independent school, we receive no church subsidies. Our entire budget is funded solely through the tuition and fees paid by our GRACE families. All financial contributions are greatly appreciated and will have a direct impact on the lives of children. GRACE Christian School is a 501c3 organization, so all gifts are tax deductible. Our federal tax ID number is available upon request to our donors. Checks can be sent to GRACE at 1101 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
We are aware that throughout the school year, many financial requests are made of you. We would like you to better understand these requests so that you can make informed decisions throughout the year.
The GRACE Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is the most important area of fundraising for GRACE and provides the resources to make improvements to our campus facilities, instructional technology, and professional development opportunities that otherwise would have to be delayed or eliminated. While GRACE accepts Annual Fund donations throughout the year, the school encourages participation at three times during the school year:
- Annual Fund Campaign (Fall)
- End of Year Giving (End of December)
- Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Event (Early Spring)
Please review this list of how Annual Fund donations have been invested: Annual Fund Expenditures
There are several methods to participate in the Annual Fund in addition to individual donations, including affinity program participation, corporate gift matching, and business partnerships.
Affinity programs rebate a percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice. In addition to amazon.com, almost all the local grocery stores participate in some sort of give back program. If you have not already done so this year, take a moment to use the instructions listed below to link your account to GRACE. Note: Most grocery store programs require families to re-link your account each school year. You can also download No Effort Fundraising if you would prefer a hard copy of the information below.
Amazon – smile.amazon.com
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Select GREATER RALEIGH AREA CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, INC. to designate GRACE as your charitable organization.
Harris Teeter – Together in Education
Harris Teeter’s Together In Education program gives schools a chance to earn funds when you link your VIC card and shop Harris Teeter brands. There are NO LIMITS to how much a school can earn. Link your VIC card to GRACE by selecting 2768 GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL RALEIGH on the Harris Teeter Together in Education Webpage. Note: You MUST re-link every year!
With Cart to Class, Lowes Foods designated schools will be rewarded based on the amount of Lowes Foods Private Label items you purchase. Select GRACE from the eligible school list on the Lowe’s Back 2 Schools website.
Through Publix Partners, all purchases made at Publix will help earn money for our school. For every $37,500 spent cumulatively by GRACE families, Publix will award GRACE $250. Pick up a Publix Partner bar code card at either campus reception desk and scan it at check out.
Box Tops for Education
Each box top is worth 10¢ for our school! Look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products, clip, and submit to either campus office. No registration or linking is required, although you can earn bonus box tops by joining on the Box Tops website. Search for 27606 (swipe left to see the full list of schools) and select GRACE.
Corporate Gift Matching
Many corporations match donations made by employees to a wide range of nonprofits, to support employee charitable giving, and to extend corporate philanthropy.
Matching donations, or matching gifts, are free money that nonprofits often miss out on because of limited information on donors’ employers, complex corporate giving programs, and because the corporate matching process is usually unknown for employees.
In light of this, GRACE now subscribes to a service named Double the Donation to make it easier for GRACE families to find out if their companies provide corporate gift matching. Go to https://doublethedonation.com/gracechristianschool to locate your company and links to instructions and forms to multiply the donation you already plan to make to GRACE. Below is a partial list of the top employers in the Raleigh-Durham area that have gift matching programs:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC
- Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T)
- Citrix Systems
- Credit Suisse
- Duke Energy
- Eli Lilly & Company
- Fidelity Investments
- Merck & Company
- Red Hat, Inc.
- SAS Institute
- Time Warner and Subsidiaries (Synapse, Time, Turner, Warner Bros)
- United Airlines
- Wells Fargo & Company
- Xerox Corporation
GRACE is grateful for the local business owners who support us throughout the year. Please visit our Business Partnership Page to learn more about this program and the companies that are already participating.
Thank you for taking the time to review this information. We hope that this is helpful as we begin the new school year and we ask that you begin now to prayerfully consider how you can support the GRACE Annual Fund.
Gifts of all kinds are welcome, including cash, property, and securities. Additionally, there are many forms of planned giving (such as bequests, trusts, and annuities) that may be explored. To discuss this type of gift to GRACE, please contact our CFO, Karen O’Conner, at KOConner@GRACEChristian.net.