The Annual Fund is the foundation of St. Cecilia Academy's development program and is the most important source of unrestricted funds available to the school. Each year, Annual Fund contributions provide necessary funds to the school’s general operating budget to help offset expenses not covered by tuition.
The Annual Fund accomplishes two primary goals. First, it provides ongoing support to the operating budget, allowing us to offer competitive salaries to faculty, sustain and update existing curricula, and maintain a campus that has become as important to our students as any other part of their St. Cecilia experience. Secondly, the Annual Fund allows us to explore new possibilities each year for our community including technology, professional development, and new programming. The dollars raised go directly into the budget and are used the same year they are received.
The goal for the Annual Fund, which runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, is $350,000.
Donations to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible, and can be paid by cash, check, credit card or through stock transfers. Pledges are accepted and can be paid in monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annual installments.
Every gift counts – gifts of all sizes are welcome. Each gift, regardless of size, strengthens the school’s participation rate and demonstrates a vote of confidence in a St. Cecilia education.
If you have any questions, please contact Deb Fay, Director of Development or call (615) 279-3885.
Annual Fund Frequently Asked Questions
Annual Giving funds support students and faculty through the school’s operating budget. In addition to our Academic Program, your Annual Fund gift supports all aspects of the SCA experience. Below are some of the fundamental elements of SCA’s programming that your gift will support.
Providing opportunities for students to express themselves through art, music, and dance is an important part of our heritage and mission of educating young women. Your gift will ensure continued exceptional instruction for all students at all levels.
Integrating technology across the curriculum and obtaining and maintaining up-to-date hardware and software is a school-wide priority. We recognize the importance of a robust technology infrastructure and the proper tools needed to support an engaging and collaborative learning environment.
In order to support St. Cecilia’s curriculum and ourmission of educating tomorrow’s leaders, your gift provides a quality library collection of relevant and current books and online resources – an ongoing commitment for St. Cecilia.
Physical education at St. Cecilia Academy enriches our student’s lives, develops social and moral character, and enhances the physical skills of each young woman. Your support allows the school to provide the equipment and programming necessary to maintain a high level of quality in physical education.
Having a dedicated faculty is key to ensuring excellence at St. Cecilia. The skills and experience our faculty gains through professional development have a direct impact on the quality of education our students receive. We believe in and support a strong professional development program for St. Cecilia faculty.
A commitment to tuition assistance provides support to academically qualified students who could not otherwise attend St. Cecilia.
Yes. St. Cecilia Academy is grateful for the generosity of all benefactors. The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation remember all benefactors in their daily prayers.
The school has various giving levels for the St. Cecilia Academy Annual Fund. Donors at the $1,000 level and above are honored for their generosity every May at the Evening of Excellence & Gratitude Dinner. All donors are also recognized in an annual report for gifts made in the July 1 - June 30 fiscal year.
The 1860 Club - Gifts of $10,000 and above
In 1860, four Dominican Sisters from Somerset, Ohio, came to establish an Academy for the higher education of young women in the Diocese of Nashville. St. Cecilia Academy was established in that year.
Coat of Arms Club - Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999
The coat of arms of St. Cecilia Academy was designed by Mr. Pierre de Chaigon de La Rose of Cambridge University. The symmetrical shape of the shield is symbolic of the unity of the Dominican Order.
Dominican Cross Club - Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
The black and white of the Dominican Arms is emblematic of penance and purity. The cross ending in a flower symbolizes the fruitful victory of faith and the good works which characterize the saints of the Dominican Order.
Shield Club - Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499
The red field of the bottom of the shield symbolizes the martyrdom of St. Cecilia. Red is also the color associated with the virtue courage.
Harp Club - $500 to $999
The silver harp is symbolic of St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music. She is also the patroness of both the Congregation and St. Cecilia Academy.
Scarab Club - $250 to $499
The scarab is an ancient symbol of rebirth or regeneration.
Red & White Club – Gifts up to $249
Red symbolizes the martyrdom of St. Cecilia. Red is also the color associated with the virtue courage.
Every gift counts – gifts of all sizes are welcome. Each gift, regardless of size, directly benefits St. Cecilia students. We have worked to reduce the number of solicitations we make while we emphasize the Annual Fund so it is important for us to ask each friend to carefully consider how they can most effectively support the school. We have defined gifts at and above the Donor Cross level as leadership gifts. Support at this level is critical as it truly defines the size and impact of the Annual Fund each year. That being said, gifts of all sizes are critical as participation levels are not only important to our own community, but also impact our ability to apply for grants from area foundations and corporations.