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The Mount Fund, Mount St. Mary Catholic High School's annual giving program, is paramount to the overall mission of our school.  A gift to The Mount Fund is an individual's best way to make an immediate impact on the school.  These gifts connect our family and friends to our cause and allow them an avenue to partner in our mission.  The Mount Fund allows us to identify and cultivate prospects, build relationships that offer long term and sustainable support, and build revenues that can have an immediate impact on student life here at The Mount. 

The following frequently asked questions may help you as you consider a gift to The Mount Fund.

 

THE MOUNT FUND - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. WHAT IS THE MOUNT FUND?

2. WHY IS THE MOUNT FUND NECESSARY?

3. THE MOUNT FUND AND THE SCHOOL BUDGET

4. HOW IS THE MOUNT FUND OPERATED?

5. WHAT ARE GIVING SOCIETIES AND CLUBS?

6. WHAT IS THE CORNERSTONE SOCIETY?

7. WHAT ARE MATCHING GIFTS?

8. WHAT IS THIS YEAR'S MOUNT FUND GOAL?

9. IS MY GIFT TO THE MOUNT FUND TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

10. CAN I DESIGNATE HOW MY GIFT WILL BE USED?

 

 


 

1. WHAT IS THE MOUNT FUND?

The Mount Fund is made up of annual gifts from alumni, parents, parents of alumni, board of trustee members, faculty & staff, grandparents, vendors, and friends of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School. These unrestricted funds are placed separate from the school's operating budget and are to be used in:  

  • Capital improvements on the School Campus
  • Enhancing the extra-curricular programs
  • Improving technology and classroom resources

Traditionally, strong institutions have strong annual funds. Independent high schools should be no different than any other school, college or university. An annual gift to the school remains a tangible vote of confidence in the total school program.

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2. WHY IS THE MOUNT FUND NECESSARY?

The Mount Fund is paramount to the overall mission of our school. It serves as a primary avenue for connecting and getting people to partner in our mission. It allows us to identify and cultivate prospects, build relationships that offer long term and sustainable support, and build revenues that can have an immediate impact on student life here at The Mount.

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3. THE MOUNT FUND AND THE SCHOOL BUDGET

The Mount Fund is not part of the yearly school budget, but if necessary a portion a this fund may be used to supplement the school's operating expenses.

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4. HOW IS THE MOUNT FUND OPERATED?

The Mount Fund is part of the Advancement Program at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School. The Advancement Office, along with the assistance of key volunteers on the Mount Fund Leadership Committee, coordinates the internal operations of the effort by organizing all mailings, phone calls, and communications.

The Mount Fund is run on a fiscal year basis. Solicitations for gifts begin in September and all gifts recorded before June 30, 2012 will be credited during the campaign year. Opportunities to give are made through the mail, phone calls, internet, and/or personal solicitations.

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5. WHAT ARE GIVING SOCIETIES AND CLUBS?

Giving societies and clubs offer a way for all constituents to feel a sense of affinity with The Mount as members of a particular society and club. They give donors a sense of belonging to something special and provide an opportunity for all donors to feel connected, involved and a part of the overall-giving program at The Mount. Each donation, large or small, makes a difference in our ability to reach our goal.

 

THE MOUNT FUND: Gift Societies and Clubs
 

The Cornerstone Society

Sister Jane Mary Leadership Society
$10,000 +

Sister Mary Martina Society
$5,000 - $9,999

Sister Mary Ada Society
$2,500 - $4,999

Sister Mary Hortense Society
$1,500 - $2,499

Sister Deborah Society
$1,000 - $1,499

Loyalty Club Gifts

The Grotto Spirit Club
$500 - $999

The Steeple Heights Club
$250 - $499

The Rocket Pride Club
$100 - $249

The Blue and White Club
$1 - $99

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6. WHAT IS THE CORNERSTONE SOCIETY?

The Cornerstone Society is a formal organization of lead investors in the future of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School. Membership is open to all individuals, families or organizations that make a minimum $1,000 annual gift to The Mount Fund. Each year the School will count on leadership gifts such as these to provide the backbone for program enhancements in the areas of technology, faculty enrichment, and student venues and activities. Each year, members of the CORNERSTONE SOCIETY will be invited to a reception hosted by the Board of Trustees in recognition of their leadership generosity and their names will be placed on a wall of recognition in the school.

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7. WHAT ARE MATCHING GIFTS?

Over 500 companies across the country will match their employees' gifts to elementary and secondary schools. Many companies will match gifts at a greater than one-to-one ratio. Donors must visit their Personnel Offices to pick up the appropriate form, fill it out and send it to Mount St. Mary Catholic High School with their gift. The Advancement Office will take care of completing the form and returning it to the company's office to receive the match money. This is an easy and wonderful way to increase your support for The Mount.

Mount St. Mary High School counts company-matching funds as part of the donor gift total. Therefore, if a person makes a $500 gift and receives one-to-one matching funds, our records would record a $1000 gift and therefore, the donor would become a member of the Sister Deborah Society and Cornerstone Society rather than the Grotto Spirit Club.

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8. WHAT IS THIS YEAR'S MOUNT FUND GOAL?

This year's Mount Fund goal is to raise $325,000 in gifts. Last year this fund raised $314,000 with the money being designated to renovations on the third floor of MSM for additional classroom space.

This year, money that is raised will be designated towards funding all school clubs and organizations (the school has eliminated all fundraisers to take a burden off our parents and constituents), along with additional improvements to school facilities.

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9. IS MY GIFT TO THE MOUNT FUND TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Yes, Mount St. Mary Catholic High School is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift to The Mount Fund is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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10. CAN I DESIGNATE HOW MY GIFT WILL BE USED?

Yes, you may designate your gift towards a specific program or project at The Mount. However, to best advance the mission of the school, your non-restricted gift allows more flexibility in funding prioritized needs as established by the Principal and Board of Trustees.

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