Ways To Give
There are many ways to speed your gift to support St. Mary’s. If you don’t see an option below that best fits with your family’s needs and tax circumstances, we will be happy to discuss other alternatives with you. As a 501c3 corporation, your gifts to St. Mary’s are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Cash or Check
The majority of families choose to make their gift to St. Mary’s by check either as a single donation or as payments towards a pledge. Simply make your check payable to St. Mary’s and deliver or mail it to the Advancement Office.
Make your donation or pay your pledge with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card online at www.smaa.org/give or visit the Advancement Office.
Pledges are a popular way for families to demonstrate their commitment to support St. Mary’s early in the campaign, yet delay payment for a later date that works better for their family or maximizes a tax deduction. Pledges can be fulfilled by cash, check, credit card or securities in one installment or monthly installments before a specified pledge payment period. Pledges can be made online at www.smaa.org/pledge.
Many corporations demonstrate their support to St. Mary’s by matching their employees’ donations to our school. Matching gifts can double your contribution to St. Mary’s. Donors are recognized for the total of the combined amount of their gift plus their employer matching gift. Please consult your company’s human resource to inquire about a matching program or the Advancement Office so we can research that information for you.
These contributions are restricted by the donor for a particular project or program that has been identified by the school as an area of need.
Gifts of Securities
Gifts of appreciated stock and/or securities represent a two-fold savings opportunity. Donors avoid paying capital gains taxes on the increased values of their stocks. In addition, donors receive a tax deduction for the full market value of the stock on the date of the gift.
Planned gifts are made now and distributed in the future. Including St. Mary’s in an estate plan provides for the long-term fiscal health of St. Mary’s and gives donors the opportunity to receive immediate or deferred tax benefits while leaving a legacy. All parents and grandparents are encouraged to consider naming St. Mary’s in their will and making the school aware of their gift.
To realize goals identified in the school’s Strategic Plan, the Board of Trustees will, when needed, initiate a capital campaign in order to meet facilities, program and endowment needs that the school cannot pay for out of tuition funds. A Capital Campaign will support major projects such as new campus construction and renovations to maintain state-of-the-art facilities. Capital campaign gifts are significantly larger than annual fund contributions and therefore are pledges paid over a multi-year period.
Corporate and Foundation Giving
St. Mary’s strives to attain grants and funding from foundations and corporate giving entities for school needs. Because these grants are quite competitive, it is extremely helpful to have a contact within the funding organization. Please let us know if you or your extended family has contacts with philanthropic agencies.
Other Ways to Financially Support St. Mary’s School
How to Give
- Donate online at www.smaa.org/give or make a pledge at www.smaa.org/pledge
- Bring your donation to the Advancement Office.
- Mail your donation to: St. Mary’s, Advancement Office, 7 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656.
For further information regarding these opportunities, please contact Christine Downie, Director of Development at (949) 448-9027 x324 or firstname.lastname@example.org