Community

Community

Support St. Mary's

Our approach to education is both aspirational and goal-oriented. We offer a trans-disciplinary curriculum with high academic standards, coupled with a strong athletics and arts program. At the heart of the St. Mary’s experience is a values-driven atmosphere that helps children become caring, compassionate individuals who are not just critical thinkers, but young people who take ownership for improving the world.
 
We are cultivating world-sized hearts and world-class minds. Our
community plays an integral role in providing this phenomenal educational experience. Our parents, grandparents, alumni and community’s investment is key to the long-term success of our school and outstanding programs.
 
You can make a positive and meaningful difference in your child’s education and in the life of our school community by partnering with us in two meaningful ways –

Engagement
  • Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF)
  • Volunteer – We need you!
  • Attend Events
  • Two Fundraising Events – Golf and Gala
 
Philanthropy
  • The St. Mary’s Fund – 100% Parent Participation
  • Other Giving Opportunities
 
Read the Guide on Engagement and Philanthropy to learn more about this partnership between St. Mary’s School and our families.

St. Mary's Fund

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  • Get Involved - Parent Teacher Fellowship

    One of St. Mary’s strengths is a continued sense of community among students, families, faculty and staff. We foster an inclusive campus culture, which supports and encourages family engagement. Our students, as well as our IB curriculum, are enhanced when our parents are actively involved in school and community-based activities and events.

    Our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) is the volunteer organization that highlights the value placed on community at St. Mary’s. Our PTF provides and builds community-based experiences through all-school events, service learning and parent education. There are many ways to support our children and impact the St. Mary’s community with your time and talents. Participating in these activities makes your St. Mary’s journey that much more rewarding and contributes to the success of our community.

    Volunteering at St. Mary's gives our families more opportunities to be a part of the Falcon community. There are many opportunities throughout the year and we encourage all families to get involved. Our school cannot be successful without you!

    Please contact Lindsay Winn, Parent Engagement and Events Manager, at Lindsay.Winn@smaa.org with questions.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Opportunities are posted on our volunteer page which you can find through MyFalcon.
     
  • St. Mary's Fund

    The St. Mary’s Fund is the single most important philanthropic priority for our school. This Fund supports our community by providing substantial financial support, separate of tuition, to develop and advance our programs. Contributions to the St. Mary’s Fund are directed toward our school’s highest priorities while augmenting the difference between tuition and necessary programming to cultivate world-sized hearts and world-class minds. This funding is imperative to the health of our school. Healthy funds represent the difference between a solid education and a truly exemplary one, where innovative ideas and state-of-the-art resources for teaching and learning practices are not held back by operating budget constraints.

    Like tuition, the St. Mary’s Fund supports the daily operations of our school. Your donation supports low student-to-faculty ratios and our ability to hire exceptional faculty to carry out our mission of developing world-sized hearts and world-class minds. Unlike tuition, gifts to the St. Mary’s Fund are tax-deductible.

    St. Mary’s relies on contributions to the St. Mary’s Fund every year from Trustees, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff. It is our expectation that 100% of our families will partner with us in providing our students with an exceptional educational experience by contributing to the St. Mary’s Fund. How much each family contributes is a personal decision. Our hope is that every family is able to be as generous as possible given their financial circumstances. Gifts range from under $1,000 to over $25,000. Every gift, of any size, has a direct impact on all St. Mary’s School students.
     
    Programs Enhanced by the St. Mary’s Fund
     
    The St. Mary’s Fund strengthens and sustains the educational experience of a St. Mary’s student each and every day. The following six areas represent the core elements of our unique curriculum. Every donor has the ability to choose where to direct his/her gift.
    • Academic Programs
    • Athletics
    • Fine Arts
    • Science
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Faculty Professional Development
     
    Giving Levels
    • Visionaries Circle: $25,000+
    • Millennium Circle: $10,000 – $24,999
    • Head of School Circle: $5,000 – $9,999
    • Sustainers Circle: $3,000 – $4,999
    • Benefactors: $1,500 – $2,999
    • Patrons: $1,000 – $1,499
    • Supporters: $500 – $999
    • Friends: Up to $499

    (All donors are recognized in the annual Report on Philanthropy and are invited to the Donor Appreciation Breakfast. Donors who give $3,000 or more are invited to the Leadership Reception the following Fall.) 
     
  • Giving Online

  • Golf Classic

    More than 80 members of our community participated in the St. Mary's annual Golf Classic at Aliso Viejo Country Club on Monday, Nov. 11. It was a beautiful day filled with camaraderie and school spirit. Thank you to all of our golfers and volunteers for supporting our school!
     
    A special thank you to our presenting sponsor SeneGence and the many in-kind and hole sponsors, including: Chronic Tacos, Straub Distributing, Audi Mission Viejo, CutWater Spirits, Marque Medical, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Bioreigns, Pana Orthodontics, Frito-Lay, Stradling, Attorneys at Law, the Zeigler Family and BakerHostetler.
     
     
     
     
  • Spring Gala

    Save the Date for our next Spring Gala, April 4, 2020!

    St. Mary's 2019 Gala - Galapalooza

    Galapalooza had more than 270 parents and supporters gathered together at Hotel Irvine to celebrate our school and students at our annual gala. It was a magical evening filled with color, comradery and fun! We were fortunate enough to have the night culminate with a record breaking fundraise.
     
    We are so pleased and humbled to share that our 2019 Fund-a-Need Outdoor Spaces: Shade, Play and Hang Out raised nearly $300,000. Your children and families will return to school this fall with enhanced outdoor spaces on our campus. Because we well exceeded our goal, we are working closely with our planning committee to finalize plans to create even more shade, play experiences and appropriate social spaces for students. 
     
    We are all so blessed and thankful to have such generous families in our community. We would like to recognize Marni Grass and Greg McCollum, Gala co-chairs for passionately championing such an important event for St. Mary's. Your efforts, alongside your remarkable Gala committee made the evening so special and beautiful. We appreciate all the work, love and time that went into creating the most successful Gala in our school's history. 
     
    2019 Gala Highlights
    • Band Sound 404 (featuring St. Mary's alum) opened the cocktail reception with fantastic vocals.
    • Dinner began with a beautiful song by students in the school musical "Wizard of Oz," followed by an outstanding performance by our Middle School dancers. 
    • The Gala raised $492,000; $297,400 for Fund-a-Need Outdoor Spaces: Shade, Play and Hang Out!
    • 270 tickets sold! For the first time ever, every teacher and faculty member in attendance were underwritten through donations.
    • Congratulations to the Capalbo family for winning the opportunity drawing: a St. Mary's parking space for the 2019-2020 school year!  
    If you would like to contribute to the Fund-a-Need, please click here.
     
    Once again, we continue to be inspired and in awe of our community. We appreciate and thank everyone who attended and/or supported the Gala. If you attended and would like to share feedback about your experience, please email gala@smaa.org.

    All photos from the evening are available for viewing and download in our Photo Library-Vidigami under All School Events. Enjoy!
     
                          
     
     
  • 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.

    Credit Card

    Make your donation or pay your pledge with a Visa, MasterCard or American Express card online (click here!) or visit the Advancement Office.

    Pledges

    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. (Click here!) 

    Matching Gifts

    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.

    Restricted Gifts

    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 Giving

    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.

    Capital Campaign

    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.

    How to Give

    • Donate Online or Make a Pledge.
    • Bring your donation to the Advancement Office.
    • Mail your donation to: St. Mary’s, Advancement Office, 7 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. 

    Other Ways to Financially Support St. Mary’s School

    • Gifts of tangible personal property
    • Attend fundraising events
    • Event Sponsorship/Underwriting
    • Register your debit and credit cards with eScrip (ID 137122061) and your Ralph's grocery card (#80397); these stores will make contributions to St. Mary’s when you use those cards.
    • Support St. Mary’s when you shop on Amazon at smile.amazon.com. Choose St Mary and All Angels Christian Church as your organization to support and we will receive .5% back on all eligible purchases.
     
    For further information regarding these opportunities, please contact Christine Downie, Director of Development at (949) 448-9027 x324 or christine.downie@smaa.org