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Annual Appeal

Why Should I Give To the Annual Fund? 

Your contributions help to keep St. John's Prep financially sound and support us in continuing to provide a quality Catholic education for the young people of our City.  Your contribution to the Annual Find:

  • Demonstrates your commitment to the Prep
  • Ensures that current Prep students continue to receive a well-balanced Catholic education deeply rooted in the spirit of the Vincentians, Sisters of Mercy and Christian Brothers.
  • Serves as a positive barometer for foundations and businesses considering making a grant to our school.

 

Ways to Give

Cash gifts may be made by:

  • Personal check or money order
  • Credit card (American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa)

 

COMPANY MATCHING GIFTS 

Your contribution to the Prep may qualify for a matching gift from your employer.  Some employers honor spouse and retiree contributions as well, (please check with your personnel office.)

STOCKS AND SECURITIES

Long-term, appreciated stocks and securities are almost always an excellent way to contribute to our school.  Gifts of securities can be used to support the Annual Fund or to establish planned giving arrangements and provide a double benefit to you - a current income tax deduction and avoidance of capital gains taxes.

PLANNED GIVING

For individuals who would like to make provisions in their estate plan for St. John's Prep, there are a number of ways you can make a planned gift to the school.  Here are a few gift examples:

  • Bequests
  • Living Trusts
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Life Insurance
  • Deferred Income Plans

      Note: If you have already made St. John's Prep a beneficiary in your estate plan, please contact the Office of Development

GIVING LEVELS

FOUNDERS CIRCLE                    $25,000 and above  (Lifetime Giving)        

Rev. John V. Newman, C.M.Circle            $10,000-$24,999

Msgr Thomas P. Campbell Circle                   $5,000-$9,999

Trustees' Circle                                                 $2,500-$4,999

Principals' Circle                                               $1,000-$2,499    

Benefactors' Circle                                               $500-$999

Patrons' Circle                                                       $250-$499

Supporters' Circle                                                   $249 and below

Recognition for support to our Annual Fund 

Founders Circle

The Founders' Circle was created to honor individuals who have generously supported St. John's Prep/Mater Christi financially throughout the years.  It is the Prep's most prestigious donor recognition organization.  Benefactors whose lifetime giving to the school surpasses $25,000 attain membership in one of the lifetime giving societies and are honored with special invitations to school events and a donor recognition dinner during the year.  Founders' Circle members also receive special recognition in the "Founders' Hall" as an expression of our gratitude for their outstanding support.

Lifetime Giving Societies:

Moore Society                                                                         $100,000+

Loughlin Society                                                                     $50,000+

McEntegart Society                                                                  $25,000+

Through the Lifetime Giving Societies, the School Honors the leadership and extraordinary support of alumni, and friends.  Private donors have a vital role in shaping the School's future, and the Societies provide the means to recognize its most generous supporters.  As an inaugural member of the Founders' Circle, individuals provide a foundation of financial support for the current student body of St. John's Prep.  These funds collectively support scholarship and endowment and necessary capital improvements.

Founders Circle Giving Societies

Moore Society

Very Reverend John W. Moore, C.M. served as the much beloved President of the College from 1906 to 1925.  In 1927 the Moore Memorial Building located on the Lewis Avenue campus was named in his memory for his tremendous leadership of the college and dedication to the Prep. Named in memory of the Very Reverend John W. Moore, C.M., the Moore Society honors those who contribute one gift or a series of gifts totaling $100,000 or more to St. John's Preparatory.

Loughlin Society

In 1865, Right Reverend John Loughlin, First Bishop of Brooklyn, wanted to open a day school "where the youth of the city might find the advantages of a solid education and where their minds might receive the moral training necessary to maintain the credit of Catholicity."  In memory and recognition of this extraordinary man, the Loughlin Society honors his vision and those individuals whose lifetime contributions total $50,000 or more to the school.

McEntegart Society

Bishop Brian J. McEntegart, Fourth Bishop of Brooklyn, was primarily responsible for creating Mater Christi High School.  In his letter to the first graduating class he stated that it was in the summer of 1959 he placed his plans and hopes and dreams for this new school in the hands of the Mother of Christ.  His memory is honored in the McEntegart Society, which recognizes individuals who have made lifetime contributions to the school totaling $25,000 or more.

Our fiscal year:

September 1 through August 31

Gifts and payments on pledges will be counted in the fiscal year in which they are received.  Your gift must be received before August 31 in order to be counted in a specific giving campaign within that fiscal year. 

Should you have questions about ways to give to St. John's Prep that are consistent with your own charitable giving goals, please contact our Office of Development at (718)721-7200 ext. 686 or email alumni1@stjohnsprepschool.org

Please send contributions to:

St. John's Preparatory School
Office of Development
21-21 Crescent Street
Astoria, New York 11105