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Tartan Alumni Legacy Endowment

For St. Margaret’s 40th – let’s all show our Tartan pride with a participatory gift!
Every gift matters and will get us closer to our 40th goal of 20% alumni giving participation.
Who’s class will have the most donors? Can the Class of 2009 hang on to the highest participation at 44%?
The class with the highest participation will win the inaugural T.A.L.E. Trophy Tournament!


We are so proud to share the Tartan Alumni Legacy Endowment – T.A.L.E. has reached the $500,000 milestone, making it one of the largest endowment funds at  St. Margaret’s.
We are calling on all alumni, parents of alumni – and especially those of you who work at a matching gift company to join this movement!
  • Be a part of helping fund a St. Margaret’s education.
  • Be a change maker in the world by fueling a young mind with ingenuity, leadership and vigor.
  • Be #proudinplaid by giving back to St. Margaret’s and help T.A.L.E. cross the $1,000,000 threshold!
Thank you for donating! We are grateful for your support of T.A.L.E.
2019-2020 Alumni Giving Goals:
Participation Rate: 20% - this equals 450 alumni gifts!
Number of Members in the 1979 Club: 250
Alumni Leadership Circle Donors (Gifts of $2,500 or more): 10
Number of new donors: 125
2018-2019 Alumni Giving Stats:
Participation Rate: 8%
Average gift size: $178
Number of new donors: 70
Total donors: 207
Kudos to classes with 25% or higher alumni giving participation: ’89, ’94, '98 and ‘09


T.A.L.E. is a catchy acronym for the Tartan Alumni Legacy Endowment. It was created in 2014 for alumni and other Tartans to contribute directly to St. Margaret’s Endowment and support financial aid in perpetuity. T.A.L.E Giving Week is a set period of time each year when we encourage the entire Tartan community to philanthropically support St. Margaret's through participatory and leadership gifts to T.A.L.E. Tartans Giving Week will take place February 3-7, 2020.

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • Double your Impact

    In 2018-2019 every gift made by alumni to T.A.L.E. will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous Tartan donor. That’s right, your gift will be doubled! If your company has matching gifts – the impact is tripled!
  • Tartan Tradition

    Be a part of the Tartan Tradition and make a gift  – in any amount – to T.A.L.E. Our aim is to grow alumni participation to 30%. Currently we are at 8% - join together with your classmates and friends and be 20% by 2020. 
  • Be a Loyal Scot!

    Launching this fall is our loyalty program  - Club '79 - encouraging and recognizing alumni who make a gift to St. Margaret’s each and every year. Currently, the longest giving streak from an alumna/us is 26 years!  ***All donors during T.A.L.E. Giving Week will become charter members of Club ’79!
  • Be a Leader.

    Curious at what amount you should give? We encourage alumni and parents of alumni to give what’s in their heart and what their budget allows. This past year we had gifts ranging from $1 to $25,000. Take a look at our T.A.L.E. giving levels and decide what makes sense for you…then repeat, year after year as part of our Tartan tradition.

T.A.L.E. - Leave a Legacy. Make an Impact.

The ability to give to St. Margaret's in perpetuity is truly profound. Your gift of say $20.11 with a gift of $1,992 and another of $99 really ads up. Give a nod to your own or your child(ren)'s graduating years with a "number" gift. Show just how #proudinplaid you really are.


List of 9 frequently asked questions.

TALE Giving Levels

List of 7 items.

  • Club '79

    Donor loyalty club for consecutive giving
  • Friends Circle

    *Every donor to TALE will receive a Tartan Lion Pin.
  • Tartan Circle

  • Leadership Circle

    *This year, Leadership Circle donors were treated to an intimate evening on campus in the new Ingrid Andrews Outdoor Classroom that featured interactive demonstrations from each of the student divisions.
  • Highlander Circle

  • Regency Circle

  • Royal Circle

    $25,000 or more
An independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory day school in Orange County, California
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
31641 La Novia Avenue
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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