Supporting Our Mission

Philanthropy at St. Michael's

St. Michael’s is made stronger through our community’s investment of their time, talent and treasure. This investment directly impacts our faculty and students each and every day.

Philanthropy, no matter the size of the gift, is a personal matter which requires much thought and is an important part of the culture of St. Michael’s. Your support makes so much possible at St. Michael’s—from exceptional academics and competitive athletics to unrivaled fine arts programming and a newly renovated campus.

Whether you make an immediate difference by giving to The Crusader Fund or help secure the School’s future through Planned Giving or a gift to HALO (Hub for Advanced Learning Opportunities), your gift supports the formation of our students to lead lives of service, courage, personal integrity and intellectual curiosity.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the many ways you can support St. Michael’s Catholic Academy, please feel free to contact us in the Advancement Office.

On behalf of all the students and staff at St. Michael’s, I thank you for your generosity!

Sara-Blake Jernigan
Assistant Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations
512.328.2323 ext. 305

Why Your Gift Matters: Annual Giving at St. Michael's

Like all independent schools, tuition does not cover the true cost of a St. Michael’s education. The Crusader Fund is a critical source of non-tuition revenue and helps the school meet yearly operating expenses. The Crusader Fund provides the school with the financial means to attract and retain the very best faculty, serve a talented and diverse student body and enhance and maintain state-of-the-art facilities. Additionally, donations to The Crusader Fund are 100% tax deductible, and many donations qualify for additional contributions from corporate Matching Gift Programs.

Annual Giving currently contributes approximately 11% of the school’s operating budget, which helps to support and sustain the educational opportunities central to St. Michael’s mission. Donations to The Crusader Fund act as immediately expendable income for funding for student activities, the fine arts programs, tuition assistance, state of the art technology, support for athletic programs, and faculty salaries, among other things.

Gifts to The Crusader Fund help to make up the difference between the dollars brought in from tuition and the actual cost of educating a St. Michael’s student each year. Without a strong Crusader Fund, costs would be passed on in the form of higher tuition.. Continued growth in The Crusader Fund is essential to maintaining excellence in every aspect of life at St. Michael’s.

St. Michael's Funding Model

Tuition + Donations = Cost of a St. Michael’s Education

As an independent Catholic school, St. Michael’s is financially independent of the Diocese of Austin and operates as a 501 c 3 non-profit organization.

St. Michael’s uses a financial model that combines tuition and charitable donations to balance the school’s operating budget. Used by many of the United States most successful independent schools, this model designates that 80-90% of operating costs are covered by Tuition and Fees and the remaining 10-20% of operating costs are covered by donations.

This funding model allows:
  • St. Michael’s to maintain a healthy enrollment by keeping tuition as low as possible
  • Enables families to receive a tax deduction for a portion of the cost of their child’s education
If tuition were raised to meet 100% of the costs, many families could not afford to send their children to St. Michael’s resulting in a drop in enrollment and diversity, followed by a cutback of programs, and steeper tuition.
 

OUR TEAM

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  • Sara-Blake Jernigan 

    Assistant Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations