Support a Fundraising Initiative
"Fundraising is a subject we seldom think about from a spiritual perspective. We may think of fundraising as a necessary but unpleasant activity to support spiritual things [but] from beginning to end, fundraising as a ministry is grounded in prayer and undertaken in gratitude."
(Nouwen, H.J.M. "A Spirituality of Fundraising" 2010).
Amen! Admittedly, the term "fundraising" often conjures negative reactions but it doesn't have to. At Grace Christian School (GCS), we see fundraising as one of the means to invite Christians to partner with us as we steward resources given to us by God to support His purposes in our school.
Throughout our 36 year history, God has provided for the school's financial needs through the generosity of His people who have given of their time, talents and resources. Our tuition is almost half that of comparable schools. We realize that a higher tuition would limit the availability of Christian education for many in our community. Tuition income accounts for just 92% of our operating income, leaving the remaining 8% needed to educate each child to be funded through other means.
And this is why we need you! Your gift to GCS makes a difference to every student. You may make a general donation online or an online gift in support of one of our fundraising initiatives:
Our 4th Annual " Pass It On" Project held on November 2nd was a success!
The "Pass It On" Project is essentially a student-focused, personalized letter writing campaign that culminates in a giant, school-wide community service day and GCS family celebration.
During September and October, students wrote letters inviting relatives and family friends to "pass on" a blessing to Grace Christian School by making a donation in their name on behalf of their school. On November 1st and 2nd, all students and staff left the school campus throughout the day to serve their community through various projects.
After school at 4 pm, students and parents and staff joined us for a fun-filled GCS family social at Memorial Baptist Church.
Why We "Pass It On"
To Pass On Our Faith
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 We are able, called and blessed to be able to love our community because He first loved us!
To Pass On Excellence
Supporting our school supports children growing into adults that have high academic standards, are critical thinkers and have experienced a Christian worldview. Contact us today if you would like to see our data supporting this.
To Pass On Service
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45 Our students are exhorted to live a life for Christ and not for themselves. They are regularly told that loving and following Jesus will result in the best plan and greatest adventure of their lives.
If you have any questions or thoughts to share about the " Pass It On " Project, we want to hear them! Please reach out to Kristen Lihos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Giving Campaign
The Annual Giving Campaign is purposed to provide the GCS community of supporters (alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, friends, businesses, etc.) the opportunity to partner with the school through financial contributions.
Donations to the Annual Giving Campaign are accepted year round and can be designated by the donor to support our Grace Fund, Tuition Assistance Fund, and/or Endowment Fund.
The Grace Fund provides educational enhancements for our students such as technology, fine arts, and athletics, supports our committed faculty, and helps defray operational expenses not covered by tuition income.
The Tuition Assistance Fund enables the school to provide need-based assistance to families who desire a Christian education for their children, but cannot afford the full tuition. As our enrollment grows, so does the economic diversity of our school families, thus making Tuition Assistance a necessary part of our budget.
The Endowment Fund helps us lay the foundation for the future health of the school. As the Endowment Fund continues to mature, it will eventually be used, in part, for future major capital improvements, technology upgrades, and other school-wide projects.
To donate, simply click on this Annual Giving Campaign link.
20th Anniversary Boots & Bandana Benefit Auction
Didn't make it to the auction, but would still like to support the students?
Thank you for making this wonderful event possible! It was a huge success!
“Feed My Sheep” will remain open until April 30th.
Name your student(s) in the note box with your donation HERE and we will mail you your student’s ID Card or give it directly to your student. (suggested donations are $10, $50 and $100)
Friends and family can also support our “Bid For Cause”, which will be open until May 31st. Help us open up 3 more classrooms so we can continue to serve as many students as possible! Donations start at $100.
Gifts may also be mailed to GCS, 19. S. Market Street, Staunton, VA 24401 to the attention of the Advancement Office. Grace Christian School is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and all charitable donations are tax deductible. At this time, we are pleased to receive financial gifts in the form of cash, check or credit card, appreciated gifts of stocks, bonds and other securities, gift-in-kind donations, company matching gifts and United Way donations.
If you have any questions, please contact Janet Cleveland in our Advancement Office at email@example.com or (540) 886-9109.