The Cornerstone Fund serves as the most critical fundraising effort of the year. It is a partnership that exists between the school and the Cornerstone Christian community to ensure an outstanding educational program for each and every student. Gifts to The Cornerstone Fund are the most important source of unrestricted support to our school, and have a direct impact on providing students with a superior education experience. By keeping tuition accessible to the community, Cornerstone Christian Academy is able to grow and attract famiies who share in the common goal of providing children with Skills for Life and Faith for Eternity.
CCA is blessed that tuition covers 100% of our operating budget. The Cornerstone Fund allows us to explore possibilities outside of the operating budget. Some of the many things that The Cornerstone Fund has made possible are:
CCA is a registered 501(c)3 organization, meaning that we are tax exempt and operate much like a charity. One prominent benefit to being a non-profit organization is that we are able to accept major donations from corporations and foundations, which are usually more willing to fund projects and improvements if a school has a consistent and robust Annual Fund. A high participation rate in our Annual Fund shows that you know and care about what is going on fiscally at Cornerstone Christian. Without raising tuition to extremely-high levels, we could never afford to improve the facilities, upgrade technology, improve curriculum, and provide professional development for our staff and faculty at the level we do. The Cornerstone Fund is a vital part of the Cornerstone experience. If we were to raise tuition to a level that would allow us to do everything we need and our families expect, it would put a Cornerstone education out of reach for many families. Additionally, tuition is not tax-deductible; however, a gift to The Cornerstone Fund is.
It is common for donors and foundations outside of the CCA community to ask about those closest to the school, especially staff and families. A high rate of participation shows that our community is bought in and, also encourages others to be generous to Cornerstone. Our goal is 100% family participation. In 2014 – 2015, we had a record breaking 61% participation in only our third year of the Annual Fund. By November 2016, we set another record with 90% family participation. For the 2017 - 2018 school year, we broke another record of 96% family participation.
Yes. When you make a pledge or donation, the participation credit is applied to each of your children.
Everyone in the Cornerstone Christian Academy family–parents, grandparents, school employees, board members, and friends of the school. Each fall we are asked to make a gift or pledge payable by April 30. Giving Levels are recognized in our Annual Report each year.
Support for The Cornerstone Fund is critical to the school's mission, Skills for Life and Faith for Eternity, and should be a prayerful consideration for each family. We encourage our donors to give thoughtfully and to their ability, knowing that gifts make a difference and collectively provide students with the opportunity to receive an outstanding faith-based education. Whether you give $25, $250, $2,500, $25,000 or somewhere in between, every gift makes an impact and investment in Skills for Life and Faith for Eternity.
There are several ways you can make your gift.
Many companies will match their employees’ gifts to a non-profit organization. CCA will handle all the paperwork necessary to facilitate these matching gifts. Please ask your company if they provide matching gifts for charitable contributions by employees. Contact Jennifer Nall, Advancement and PR Associate at (281) 566-3125 for more information.
The Leadership Circle recognizes families who contribute $2,500 or more to The Cornerstone Fund. We realize that this is a substantial amount and not appropriate for all families. However, a meaningful number of donations at this level is crucial for the overall success of The Cornerstone Fund. Donors who make gifts at this level are invited to An Evening with the President dinner.
Make a pledge (a promise to give that can be paid at a later date). You can email your pledge to Jennifer Nall at firstname.lastname@example.org. You have until April 30 to donate the amount pledged. Donations to the Annual Fund by check are preferred to avoid any fees incurred by CCA.
Many companies offer programs that will match charitable contributions made by their employees, employee’s spouses, or retirees. Corporate gift matching can sometimes double a donation to CCA, extending the benefits that our students receive through your generosity.
To find out if your company will match your gift to CCA, please contact your employer’s Human Resources department or Jennifer Nall, Advancement and PR Coordinator at (281) 565-3125.
It may be advantageous to donate stock, mutual fund shares, or from your IRA directly to CCA because it is a 501c3 charity. You will generally be eligible to claim a tax deduction in the amount of the full fair market value, and neither you nor CCA will pay any taxes on the gain. Contact Jennifer Nall, Advancement and PR Assicoate, for more information.
The spring gala/auction has been a staple over the years and has taken many forms. Proceeds from this event benefit special projects around campus and directly benefit our students. By participating, you are supporting our ongoing commitment to improving technology, professional development for teachers, keeping our campus secure, and maintaining and improving our facilities. Since our basic operating budget is funded by tuition, we can devote all additional funds to enriching our student programs and beautifying our campus.
Did you know that you can give back to CCA by making purchases at Amazon, Kroger, and Shutterfly? We also collect Box Tops for Education.
Every October and November, CCA partners with First Colony Church of Christ to provide Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in Honduras.
Upper elementary and middle school students come together to bless those in need during the holiday by adopting a local family in need. Contact Campus Minister Corey Waters at email@example.com for information.