Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund consists of gifts raised annually (July 1 to June 30) to
support current operations of SUA that are not covered by tuition and
fees. It allows for the ability to provide the best education for the
young women “entrusted to us” by attracting and retaining talented
faculty, improving and maintaining the campus and providing financial
assistance to families in need. Alumnae, parents, grandparents, faculty,
staff, and friends of SUA all support the Annual Fund.
Why doesn’t the Academy charge enough to cover operating costs?
If tuition was increased to cover the actual cost of operating St.
Ursula Academy, many families may not be able to send their daughters
here. Remaining accessible to students of diverse economic background is
central to our mission. An increase in tuition could mean a severe drop
in our enrollment, resulting in a cutback of our programs and higher
tuition increases in order to fund all operations; all of which would
affect the education of our young women today.
Is giving to the Annual Fund unique to our school?
No. Private, independent schools have long relied upon the generosity
and loyalty of their constituents to advance their institutions. Very
few, if any, private, independent schools, colleges or universities meet
full operational costs with tuition alone.
Who gives to the SUA Annual Fund?
In 2008-2009, $457,245 was raised through the Annual Fund. With 1,824
donors contributing, 54% were alumnae, 13% were current parents and 18%
past parents. The remaining 15% came from the Board of Trustees,
corporations, foundations, friends, grandparents, faculty and staff.
What does the Academy expect in terms of the Annual Fund?
Providing the best quality education in the Ursuline tradition, with the
best faculty and facilities require the support of many. St. Ursula
Academy has a rich history of thousands of people who have expressed
their belief in and support of an Ursuline education by supporting the
Annual Fund. Participation from all constituents that includes the
alumnae, parents, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff is crucial in
ensuring the best quality education for our young women today.
Does one gift really make a difference?
Every gift makes a difference, no matter what the amount, and helps to
inspire other donors. Participation in the Annual Fund is an indicator
of the value alumnae, parents and friends place on educational
experiences. It is a gauge by which overall support for SUA is measured.
Broad-based annual participation plays a major role in encouraging
corporate and foundation donors to support the Academy.
How much should we give?
Only you can decide. We hope you will choose to participate at the
leadership giving level and join the St. Angela Merici Society. Remember
that all gifts are tax deductible to the extend allowed by law. The only
gift too small is no gift at all!
What can an individual expect?
Each fall, the new fiscal year begins with the new Annual Fund Campaign
(the fiscal year runs July 1- June 30). Alumnae, parents, grandparents,
and friends are mailed a letter from the Annual Fund Chair or Committee
Chairs with a brochure outlining the Annual Fund.
A volunteer Annual Fund committee member or representative of the
Academy may follow-up that letter with a telephone call to ask for
support of the new campaign and to answer any questions. Volunteers
consist of alumnae, parents and past parents.
When will the fund drive begin?
You will receive a letter asking for your support in September. We ask
that you make your commitment right away to keep the fundraising costs
down since the Annual Fund is designed to offset annual expenses. If you
pledge a gift, you may make quarterly or monthly payments to be
completed by June 30.
Who can I call to ask additional questions?
Please feel free to call the Advancement Office, 513-961-3410, ext. 148.
To make your gift online