We rely on the generosity of God's people to keep education at Calvin Christian School as affordable as possible. In addition to the support of current parents, Calvin is blessed by the contributions of grandparents, former parents, alumni, local businesses, and members of supporting churches.
Most contributions to Calvin Christian School fit into one of three categories:
- Annual fund gifts
Annual fund contributions help pay the day-to-day expenses of operating the school and reduce the costs of education that must by borne by parents through their Fair Share pledges. Read about this year's annual fund here.
- Endowment gifts
Contributions to the Calvin Christian Trust Fund are held in perpetuity to ensure the long-term financial health of CCS. A portion of the interest earned annually is retained to grow the endowment, while the remainder is used for special educational projects and financial aid.
Many supporters have made provision for Calvin Christian in their wills, sharing a final, powerful testimony of their commitment to the school's ministry of Christian education. Planned gifts such as charitable trusts and gift annuities are another way to contribute to CCS. Donors often find that planned gifts allow them to make significant donations while providing them with tax advantages or other sources of income. Most planned gifts and bequests to Calvin Christian are placed in the Trust Fund, unless otherwise designated by the donor.
Planned gifts usually involve the assistance of professionals, such as an accountant, attorney, or financial planner. Calvin Christian is a member of the Barnabas Foundation, a Christian organization that provides free expert and confidential advice on estate planning and planned giving.
- Campaign gifts
Over the years the Calvin community has generously supported major program and facility enhancements. The Sharing in the Vision Campaign, which wrapped up in July 2009, allowed CCS to complete expansion at the Edina elementary campus, continue developing the high school program, and establish an endowment fund for financial aid.