Ways to Give

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • 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 directly to the school.

    St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
    ATTN: Advancement Office
    3000 Barton Creek Boulevard
    Austin, TX 78735
  • 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.

    Please check with your company's Benefits or Human Resources department to request a matching gift form.
  • 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 donors 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 Suzanne Bautch in the Advancement Office at sbautch@smca.com or check the recurring option on the online giving form.

    Current St. Michael's families may also donate through their FACTS account on the Crusader Fund Giving Options page.
  • 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. Gifts of appreciated securities held longer than one year are exempt from capital gains taxes and entitle the donor to a tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities at the time of transfer.

    To receive transfer instructions, please email donations@smca.com or contact Suzanne Bautch in the Advancement Office to receive a PDF with our broker’s contact information and instructions to make a transfer via DTC.

    Note: It is extremely important that donors (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 St. Michael's, 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. Please visit www.smca.com/giving to make a donation.

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

Planned Giving

A significant goal for St. Michael’s Catholic Academy is the concept of “asset-based giving” or giving from accumulated wealth. The most common and simplest method of funding a gift is to give from your income stream. While cash gifts are beneficial and greatly appreciated, they can be limiting. There are other methods of giving that allow donors to contribute greater dollars at lower costs. Structured and well-planned giving from total wealth can dramatically raise the ability to make a gift.

As with all legal and financial matters, St. Michael’s recommends that donors consult with their personal legal, tax, and financial advisors before funding a gift.
Planned or deferred gifts are recognized through the Trumpet Society.

The St. Michael's Advancement Office can be a resource for your gift planning by providing general information on estate planning and tax and income benefits for a variety of planned gifts. A tax advisor is your best source for designing a giving plan for the benefit of St. Michael's Catholic Academy.

The Trumpet Society recognizes individuals who have named St. Michael's Catholic Academy in their wills or who provide for the future growth and financial stability of our institution through planned giving. By sending us written notification that St. Michael's is part of your estate planning, you will become a member. Please contact Suzanne Bautch, Director of Donor Relations, in the Development Office at 512.328-2323, ext. 1838 for additional information on planned giving.

Bequests can often be a way to reduce estate taxes and can be a percentage of the estate, the residual of the estate, a specific dollar amount, or an item.

A charitable gift annuity is a contract between a donor and St. Michael's, whereby the donor transfers cash or property to St. Michael's in exchange for a partial tax deduction and a lifetime stream of annual income from St. Michael's. The amount of income is determined by a variety of factors. If you would like more information regarding this form of planned giving, please contact the Advancement Office.

The 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.

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St. Michael's Catholic Academy is mindful of its mission to prepare the student holistically for leadership, service, and decision making consistent with Catholic values; and admit students of any race, color, or national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the school. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, or gender in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. St. Michael's Catholic Academy does not discriminate against students with special needs; a full range of services might not be available.