Every gift makes a difference.
The SPS Cares Annual Fund is a community-wide fundraiser supported by current parents, parents of alumni, alumni, grandparents, and the School Board. The SPS Cares Annual Fund drives the unique opportunities and programming that teaches 21st-century skills, unlocking students' limitless potential to positively impact the world. In addition, the fund ensures that more families have access to critical tuition assistance, furthering our mission to create a diverse community.
The SPS Cares Annual Fund is our most important fundraising effort. It is a line item in our current year operating budget, representing about 7% of the total. Annual gifts make up most of the difference between what tuition covers and the actual cost of educating each student (about $5,000 per student).
Our annual giving season is every year from July 1 to June 30 and annual gifts range generally from $10 to more than $50,000. Everyone is asked to participate.
Gifts to the SPS Cares Annual Fund are tax-deductible and support the extra things that make our school great such as small class sizes (that is, teacher salaries), professional development for faculty and staff, and extended financial aid and scholarship program and enhanced and expanded curricular and co-curricular programs.
In the end, it’s all about the students.
Yours in Christ,
Eve Encinas-Loncar, Director of Advancement
Upcoming Giving Events
Oktoberfest and Country Store Oct. 29
Matching Gift Challenge beginning on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30 until Year-end, Dec. 31.
Gala & Auction, March 19, 2022
SPS Cares Spring Run/Walk in partnership with Harvard Sq. Churches Meals Program, TBD
Golf Classic, June 3
“Everyone has the responsibility to continue to give so future generations can benefit from Saint Peter’s educational experience.”
Eve Encinas-Loncar, Director of Advancement
There are many convenient and easy ways to make a gift to the SPS Cares Annual Fund.
Make your gift online, or send a check payable to:
Saint Peter School
C/O Advancement Office
96 Concord Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Together with the contributions of others, your gift to Saint Peter’s School makes possible the school’s core program and activities and helps underwrite new and innovative initiatives. The extraordinary education that your generosity makes possible empowers and inspires students to reach their greatest potential and live lives of accomplishment, faith, and integrity.
The Annual Fund is the primary way that Saint Peter School raises the resources to meet its operating budget, address new and pressing needs, and fortify our academic, arts, and athletic offerings. By providing sustaining support as well as financial flexibility, gifts to the Annual Fund have immediate and enduring impact.
Giving to Saint Peter School demonstrates the loyalty, commitment, and generous spirit of current parents, school board members, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, parishioners, faculty and staff, and friends. Your investment will symbolize your dedication to Saint Peter School and help to unlock countless doors for its students—benefits that tuition alone cannot provide.
The SPS Cares Annual Fund comprises unrestricted giving from all sources and supports all school programs and activities. Teacher salaries, scholarship aid, supplies, technology, building maintenance, and areas of critical need are all funded in part by annual giving.
Capital gifts are contributions specifically designated, by the donor, for a particular initiative, such as endowment funds, or funds for construction or renovation of permanent facilities.
Endowment funds ensure Saint Peter’s future as an institution of the highest quality. Endowment funds are created with a gift or gifts invested in an interest-bearing account, established in perpetuity, and designated for a particular purpose; only the interest may be spent. Endowment funds may underwrite scholarships, teacher salaries, or general purposes, as well as fund new program development.
Memorial gifts can be a particularly meaningful way to contribute to Saint Peter School. A gift in honor or memory of an individual may be made to the Annual Fund or as a capital gift; it may be restricted or unrestricted.
Gifts in kind are non-cash gifts of property such as computers, books, scientific equipment, art materials, etc. Gifts in kind also can make important contributions. The fair market value of such items is deductible for income tax purposes. A formal appraisal is required by the IRS for gifts in kind valued at over $5,000.
Lunches for Learners, established in 2017, is a lunch assistance grant program created to provide hot lunches to students in need.
Financial Aid Scholarship Giving: Saint Peter School strives to remain affordable and accessible to all families who desire a Catholic education for their child(ren). Throughout its history, the school has provided tuition assistance to deserving students who otherwise could not afford to attend—thanks in great part to the gifts of our scholarship donors.
Leave a Gift in Your Will: A planned gift (or bequest) is a wonderful way to support Saint Peter School.
Stocks and Securities: Making a gift of stock is easy and provides significant advantages for many donors.
Matching Gifts: Your employer might match your charitable contributions to Saint Peter School, doubling or even tripling the amount of your gift.