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Guide to Philanthropy

It is hard to imagine a more powerful team than school and parents working together for the good of children. At St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, one of the many ways in which we work together is through philanthropy. Your gifts support the people and programs that make St. Margaret’s so special. You further our efforts to accomplish our strategic initiatives and remind us that fulfilling our mission and vision requires more than tuition alone. At St. Margaret’s, we have a responsibility to elevate the student experience and your philanthropy is a testament to that responsibility. Together, we make a collective investment in each and every Tartan, who in turn make the world a better place. 

There are many opportunities to philanthropically support our Tartan community. Here are some ways you can do so this year:

The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the single most important annual fundraising opportunity. Gifts to the Annual Fund support every aspect of the student experience from faculty excellence and technology to program enhancements. The Annual Fund directly impacts every aspect of the school and each student’s experience. It provides for the margin of excellence in all that we do. The school depends on the Annual Fund to contribute approximately 4% of the operating budget, which translates to $1.3 million this school year. The Annual Fund helps us to moderate tuition increases, which in turn promotes a diverse student body and maintains a tuition that is competitive with our peer schools. All gifts to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible. 

The participation of our entire community is critical to the success of our work, regardless of the amount of the gift. Every student benefits from the Annual Fund. Community support for the Annual Fund reflects the strong culture of philanthropy at our school. Participation is a metric that is used nationally and most easily signifies confidence in the school. Strong parent participation can be an indicator for foundations and other organizations that are considering a gift to St. Margaret’s. Our goal is to reach 100% every year.

Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

The mission of the PTF is to offer cultural, physical, spiritual and educational enrichment to the students, teachers and families of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School through community building and fundraising. All PTF activities are conducted in accordance with policies and protocols adopted by St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.

PTF programming includes community building events, appreciation gifts, and program administration. Additional funds are raised through the following events:

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  • Forever Plaid Fundraiser

    Bringing the entire St. Margaret’s community together, the Forever Plaid Fundraiser provides for an evening of fine dining and dancing to live music. Exciting live and silent auction items are also available. This is our primary fundraiser of the year and all proceeds benefit the school.
  • Library Luncheon

    The Library Luncheon is the longest time-honored event sponsored by the PTF and is held every spring celebrating our love for good books and good friends. Tables are decorated by parent hostesses and the PTF to perfection and all guests enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie and fellowship. All proceeds benefit the library and the PTF Grant Enrichment Program.
  • Online Auction

    The PTF Online Auction consists primarily of priceless teacher/student experiences donated by our generous professional community. Student-centered items will be available for bidding by parents in every school division. All funds raised go directly to the PTF Grant Enrichment Program.

Capital Giving

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  • The Commons Capital Campaign

    The St. Margaret’s Commons, a state-of-the art, two-story building, will serve all Tartans – their wellness, learning and growth. A from-scratch kitchen will be at the center of the Commons serving the entire campus, with on-site chefs preparing fresh, nutritious meals throughout the day. The building will feature a great hall and complementary spaces for dining, community gatherings and collaboration. The Commons will also include a modern, equipped strength and performance fitness center, twice the size of the school’s current facilities, to support the expanding personal fitness and wellness program and all Tartan athletes.
  • The St. Margaret’s Endowment

    The St. Margaret’s Endowment is a pool of funds invested for the long-term where the corpus of the funds are perpetually used to generate capital gains and interest income to support the annual operating budget and some specific initiatives.  
  • Tartan Alumni Legacy Endowment

    The Tartan Alumni Legacy Endowment (TALE) is a restricted endowment to support the school’s Financial Aid program.  Alumni and parents of alumni are asked to support and grow this fund annually.
  • Tartan Open

    The Tartan Open raises funds for need-based financial aid.
  • Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

    Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano is breaking the cycle of poverty through the power of education by serving students from underrepresented backgrounds starting in middle school through college graduation. Breakthrough supports students from middle school to college graduation through tuition-free, college access programming. Nearly all Breakthrough SJC students are from low-income backgrounds and will be the first in their families to graduate from college.
  • Special Camp

    Special Camp was founded by Father Mike Wallens in 1992 to address the scarcity of resources for school-age children with disabilities in the community. With service, opportunity, and love, we will continue to work toward inspiring future generations to eliminate the stigma associated with this beautiful community.
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