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The King's Annual Fund: A Heart for What Matters supports every aspect of King's Schools operations. Like other private schools and universities, King's relies on the generosity of parents, grandparents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends to keep our school flourishing. Community support is what allows our school to be an exceptional school with unique programs, terrific teachers, and innovative curriculum. Without the Annual Fund, our students experience would be dramatically different.
Your investment directly benefits every King's student. Funds are used for technology, faculty professional development, financial aid, athletics, the arts, and all of the things that set King's apart.
Please give generously. Your participation is important and every gift, regardless of amount, is vital as King's continues its proud tradition of inspiring hearts and equipping minds.
Updated: January 11, 2013
Annual Fund FAQs
What is A Heart for What Matters?
Our Annual Fund theme: A Heart for What Matters captures the essence how the fund supports the King's Schools mission.
At King's, our hope for our students goes beyond just seeing them go on to great universities and careers. We start with the heart. Our rigorous academic curriculum, athletic programs, and ever-flourishing extracurricular activities are fueled by our desire for students to know, love, and serve God. Creativity, initiative, and a passion for learning stem from students discovering purpose and a sense of calling for their lives. With an exceptional King's education and a heart for God, the possibilities are endless.
Community support of the Annual Fund is what makes our unique approach to education possible. While tuition dollars are vital, King's relies on the generous support of the entire community to secure an outstanding education for each one of our students.
Each year, it is your support of the Annual Fund that ensures that we continue to inspire and equip every student with a heart for what matters.
How is King's funded as a private school?
The operating budget is supported by tuition and fees, income from our endowment, and donations from our generous community. Gifts to the Annual Fund, as well as proceeds from the Annual King's Auction, make up the difference between the actual cost of operating the school and the income received through tuition and endowment.
Why doesn't tuition cover the cost of educating King's students?
Like most independent schools, tuition at King's only covers a portion of the cost to educate each student. The School simply could not charge the full cost without limiting the number of qualified students who could afford to attend. We seek to make King's as affordable as possible for as many families as possible. This helps optimize enrollment and maintain a diverse student body that is an important part of our community culture and the King's experience.
In addition, donations to the Annual Fund are tax-deductible, while tuition is not. Donations, therefore, benefit families more than simply raising tuition.
How much am I expected to contribute?
We ask everyone in our community to make a donation to the Annual Fund. The amount is of less importance than your participation. Please give generously with whatever amount you are able.
Will I be asked to give again? What about the auction and the STEM Center Capital Campaign?
The Annual Fund drive happens each fall. We encourage everyone to make a gift or pledge prior to Dec. 31. A pledge can be paid anytime prior to the end of our fiscal year on June 30.
In addition to the fall drive, King's requests auction donations and your attendance at the Annual Auction in March.
The Annual Fund is our most important annual fundraiser. While many student clubs and activities raise fund throughout the year, we hope that you will make the Annual Fund your top priority.
Unlike annual giving, capital campaigns raise funds for specific building projects and endowments. King's is currently constructing a new science, technology, engineering and math building. Fundraising efforts for this new building are ongoing as construction is underway.
What is the Annual Fund goal for 2012-2013?
This year the goal for our Annual Fund drive is $300,000 and 100% community participation.
How are monies raised through the Annual Fund spent?
Your donation to the Annual Fund benefits every facet of the King's experience:
- textbooks and classroom supplies
- field trips and student retreats
- chapel speakers and activities
- technology and library recourses
- curriculum development
- faculty professional development
- arts and language programs
- physical education and athletics
- And so much more...
Can I designate my Annual Fund contribution to a specific King's program or a department I care about?
You may designate your donation to the area of the school that matters most to you:
- Athletics: Our athletic program provides important opportunities for our students' personal growth and achievement. Your gift helps pay for league fees, coaching staff, and team transportation.
- Faculty: Your donation will help provide compensation, benefits, and opportunities for professional development for our beloved teachers.
- Financial Aid: King's is committed to providing a diverse student body. Your donation will help King's offer need-based tuition assistance to students.
- Library: Your gift will purchase library books and recourses, fund librarian salaries, and provide stipends for author visits.
- Technology: Technology plays an increasingly vital role in the lives of our students. Contributions will help support hardware and software upgrades and provides internet access.
- Where the School needs it the most: Undesignated gifts to the Annual Fund, allow the school to direct your gift to the area in which it will have the most immediate impact and provide broad-based support for the operating budget.
*All Annual Fund gifts are unrestricted and will go to the budget relieving area designated by each donor. Any overflow will go to King's School's highest priorities.
I prefer to give later in the year, why should I pledge my support in the fall?
Annual Fund contributions directly affect our operating budget. If we fail to meet our goal our budget must be adjusted in order to balance it. We regularly revaluate our budget and make adjustments if funding is not on track. A pledge is a commitment to make a gift. By letting us know in the fall that we can count on your support this year, we can budget accordingly and ensure that all of our programs and activities are fully funded. Pledges can be paid any time before the end of our fiscal year on June 30.
Can I make my contribution with my tuition payment or in monthly installments?
Yes, Annual Fund pledges can be made for the following fiscal year during reenrollment and will be billed with your tuition according to the payment schedule you chose.
Gifts can also be made in monthly installments. Sign up online for automated monthly giving with a credit/debit card or submit a pledge and request monthly reminders by mail.
Can I make a give of stock?
Gifts of stock can be made in two ways. You may have your brokerage firm electronically transfer shares from your account to CRISTA's account or if you hold the certificates, you may bring them to King's Schools and we will arrange the transfer.
Oppenheimer Company, Inc.
500 108th Ave NE, Suite 2100
Bellevue, WA 98004
Oppenheimer DTC number: 0571
CRISTA account number: G711629894
To ensure proper posting of your gift, please notify Tom Burley of your transfer at tburley@CRISTA.net