Ways to Give

St. Michael’s students thrive thanks to the generous support of our parents, alumni, and friends. The excellence of St. Michael’s experience is made possible by the vision and commitment of generous parents, alumni, past parents, and friends. Guided by our mission, your gift to the Crusader Fund will impact every student, every day, giving students a strong foundation and inspiration to transform our communities and our world.

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Employer Matching Gifts

    Many corporations offer matching gift programs for their employees and their families. Most programs match dollar for dollar but there are some companies that match 2:1 and even 3:1. Such gifts are an excellent opportunity for donors to increase the amount of their contribution.

    Corporate Matching Gifts contributed more than $25,000 last year to St. Michael’s. Parents receive donor recognition for their initial gift PLUS the amount of their matching gift.
  • Recurring Payments/Installments

    In addition to one-time gifts, recurring gifts can
be made yearly, quarterly or even monthly. St. Michael’s accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. Recurring gifts allow parents to increase the size and impact of their annual gift by deducting a monthly or quarterly contribution from their credit card or checking account on specified dates.

    To do so, contact Sara Blake Jernigan in the Development Office, or complete the recurring gift section on the giving envelope sent home with this year’s Crusader Fund brochure.  
  • Check/Cash

    The majority of the gifts received by St. Michael’s are outright cash contributions. Cash gifts can be made by check. Checks should be made payable to St. Michael’s Catholic Academy and mailed in the reply gift envelope that were enclosed with all with all written solicitations pieces to:

    St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
    ATTN: The Crusader Fund
    3000 Barton Creek Blvd
    Austin, TX 78735
  • Gifts of Stock & Appreciated Securities:

    Donating gifts of appreciated securities that have been held for more than 12 months can be advantageous to many donors. To receive transfer instructions, please email donations@smca.com or contact Sara-Blake Jernigan in the Advancement Office.

    Note: It is extremely important that parents (or his/her representative) notify St. Michael’s when transferring securities into St. Michael’s account. Securities cannot be sold until the donor has been identified. Additionally, their name and address are required for tax deduction and acknowledgment purposes.
  • Pledges

    Donors willing to make a commitment to The Crusader Fund, but not yet wishing to make a payment, may do so by making a pledge which can be fulfilled any time before June 30. The St. Michael’s Advancement Office will mail pledge reminder letters throughout the year. Encouraging donors to make a pledge, particularly early in the fund year, is an important tool for establishing momentum.
  • Credit Card

    St. Michael’s accepts MasterCard, VISA, and American Express. To make a gift using a credit card, donors must provide the gift amount, card number, expiration date, CVV number, billing address, and name as it appears on the credit card. This information may be supplied on the giving envelope, over the phone, or at:

    www.St. Michael’s.com/CrusaderFund

    *Please note there is a 3% service fee associated with credit card donations.

Methods for Donating

Phone: Donors may call Sara-Blake Jernigan in the Advancement Office at 512.328.2323 ext. 305 during regular business hours to make a gift.

Mail: Donors can mail credit card gifts:
St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
ATTN: The Crusader Fund
3000 Barton Creek Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751

If mailing in pledge/gifts remember to include:
  • The card type (Amex/MasterCard/Visa), account number, CVV, and expiration date
  • The amount of the donation
  • The name, as it appears on card
  • Never email or fax your credit card
  • Your class!

Giving Levels

  • Visionary - $25,000.00+
  • Founder- $15,000- $24,999
  • **Head of School’s Council - $10,000-$14,999
  • Crusader- $5,000-$9,999
  • *Academy Leader - $2,500-$4,999
  • Innovator- $1,000-$2,499
  • Scholar- $500-$1,000
  • Supporter - Gifts up to $499
*All donors are recognized by giving level in St. Michael’s Annual Report on Giving published each Fall. Donors that give to the Academy Leader level through the Crusader Fund are invited to be part of the 1984 Society, our newly established leadership giving circle and to attend an exclusive reception in the spring of 2019.

**Those that give to the Head of School’s Council or above to the Crusader Fund will additionally receive special recognition in the Annual Report on Giving and acknowledgement the night of the 1984 Society Reception.