"Catch the Vision" Annual Fund Drive

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Our school, like most other non-profit educational institutions, charges less than the actual cost of the education and makes up the difference through tax-deductible giving opportunities, such as the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the primary source that bridges the gap between fees charged and the overall cost of operating the school. We depend on the Annual Fund not only to meet the basic needs of the school but also to enhance all facets of education in both the Preschool and Academy programs.

Special Guest: Larry Dierker

November 6, 2015


Larry Dierker

Larry Dierker

Where

Bay Area Presbyterian Church

670 E. Medical Center Blvd.
Webster, TX 77598

When

We are honored to have the former Astros pitcher, manager, and broadcaster, Larry Dierker as our guest speaker.

Please join us for our Catch the Vision Dessert kick-off event for our annual fund drive on Friday, November 6th, at 7pm, in the gymnasium. We are excited to have former Astros pitcher, manager, and broadcaster, Larry Dierker as our guest speaker for the event!

Space for the event will be limited and tickets will be for sale to the general public. Tickets are free to WCA and BAPC families, so reserve yours either by emailing the school office or by returning the RSVP card you will soon be receiving in your mailbox.

Former Houston Astro Larry Dierker.  Coach Dierker  is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, manager, and broadcaster. During a 14-year baseball career as a pitcher, he pitched from 1964–1977 for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also managed the Astros for five years (1997–2001). On May 19, 2002, the Astros honored Dierker, retiring his No. 49 jersey.  He will be sharing his experiences while playing Major League Baseball and sharing his faith in Christ.


History of Catch the Vision Annual Fund

In 2005, we determined to eliminate the myriad of labor intensive fundraisers formerly used by the school in place of a single, direct giving campaign. The "Catch the Vision Annual Fund Drive" functions to provide the WCA community an opportunity for direct giving to the Annual Fund to support the school's ministry.

In its very first year, the Catch the Vision program exceeded previous year fundraising by 100%. Since that beginning, our annual fund giving has increased every year and funds raised for the past three years exceed $40,000 per year.

Thank you WCA families, teachers, grandparents, and friends!

How to Give to the Annual Fund

Check - mail us a check made payable to Westminster Christian Academy and note “Annual Fund” in the memo Cash - bring cash to the business office so we can give you a receipt Pledge - click here for the online pledge card.  Pledge now and pay in full or in installments by June 30th. We will contact you regarding payment options, such as automatic withdrawal, installments, or billing your account monthly if you are a current WCA family. Credit Card - use the link below to pay with a credit card using PayPal
Corporate Matching Gifts - many employers offer matching gift programs. Please take the time to determine whether your employer offers such a program - it could serve to double or triple your donation! Here is a list of companies with matching gift programs.

A Look at the Numbers

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Annual Fund FAQ's

Q: Why do we have an Annual Fund? A: Our school, like most other non-profit educational institutions, charges less than the actual cost of the education and makes up the difference through tax-deductible giving opportunities, such as the Annual Fund. The Annual Fund is the primary source that bridges the gap between fees charged and the overall cost of operating the school. We depend on the Annual Fund not only to meet the basic needs of the school but also to enhance all facets of education in both the Early Childhood Education Center and Academy programs.

Q: Why not to raise the cost of the programs to cover the actual costs? A: We strive to keep the Preschool and Academy programs affordable and accessible to a diverse population of families who are seeking excellence in education with a strong Christian foundation. If we increased our fees some families would not be able to afford it, leaving additional higher costs to be absorbed by even fewer families. Additionally, a donation to the Annual Fund is tax-deductible; tuition is not.

Q: How does the Annual Fund income fit into the budget? A: Each year, we forecast Annual Fund income just as we do the income generated from the ECEC and the Academy. We are continually evaluating programs, personnel, operations, and curriculum, with a desire to wisely manage the funds God provides to us through our generous supporters. This prayerful evaluation includes reducing expenses whenever possible without compromising the quality of our people or programs. If we are unable to balance our budget we would be faced with challenging decisions about staff, programs, and other educational enhancements. This year, our Annual Fund goal is to raise $40,000 and to have 100% participation.

Q: Who is asked to give to the Annual Fund? A: Everyone in the school community - alumni, parents, grandparents, church members, the school board, staff and businesses all give to the Annual Fund. Involvement is the key! Our goal is 100% participation. If everyone gives to the best of their ability, we will more than exceed our goal for this year. Your participation generates enthusiasm and encourages others to join you in supporting the school.

Q: What other fundraisers does WCA do? A: In 2005, we eliminated the myriad of labor intensive fundraisers in favor of a single, direct annual giving campaign called “Catch the Vision”. Our only other fundraiser is the auction gala in the spring. That’s it! No wrapping paper, candy, or door-to-door sales.

Q: How does the church support the school? A: Having the support of Bay Area Presbyterian Church is a unique strength of WCA. The church spends 57% of its budget on facilities, including the cost of major upgrades, maintenance and utilities. In contrast, WCA expends only 6% of its budget to rent the facilities at a below market rate.

Q: How and when is the money spent? A: Annual Fund donations are put into action the moment you make a gift. Your gift enables us to meet this year’s operating expenses. That means your gift is paying for the salary of your favorite teacher, new software, nap mats, toys for the gym, projectors, soccer balls, white-boards, and so much more!

Q: How much should we consider giving? A: Every gift, no matter the amount, is invaluable. We ask only that you give to the best of your ability. Gifts of any size can make a significant impact at WCA and we hope you will consider making WCA a priority in your charitable giving.

Q: Does it matter when we give? A: This year we are asking that you consider giving prior to our annual “Catch the Vision” dessert to be held on Friday, November 8th, at 7:00pm. At that event we will announce and celebrate what God has accomplished through your generous donations and pledges.