Every day at Judge Memorial, we witness the impact a single action can have on our entire school community. One gesture of kindness that inspires the generosity of spirit from many. One question during class that engages a lively and meaningful conversation. One experience that sparks a lifetime passion. One smile that creates a new friendship. One teacher that imprints on your heart and mind forever.
The same holds true for the Annual Fund, the cornerstone of Judge Memorial’s fundraising efforts that allows us to maintain and enhance the excellent education provided to our students. Your single contribution has the power to impact the educational experience of all Judge students as well as the remarkable work of all Judge teachers. It signals your confidence in our mission to inspire confident, compassionate, independent, and creative thinkers who embrace lifelong learning.
WHY GIVE? WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Give to the Annual Fund because you believe in the work of our school, the dedication of our teachers, and the impact a Judge education will have on a student’s future.
Your contribution to the Annual Fund will be put to work right away to help pay for budgeted expenses – from classroom materials to technology to science lab consumables – just to name a few. Your gift strengthens the education opportunities available to our students by: improving academic and athletic programs, supporting faculty development, providing tuition assistance and offering the best learning environment possible.
Why do we ask for your generous donation, in addition to tuition? In today’s complex and competitive world, students need more than just a solid education – they need an extraordinary one. If we relied on tuition alone to pay for everything that makes Judge distinct and special, tuition costs would skyrocket.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE AND WHEN?
As much as you can! Whether your contribution is $5 or $50,000, it’s an affirmative statement of your passionate belief and pride in your family’s Judge experience.
The earlier we receive your donation, the earlier we can put it to work for all our students. We encourage all families to make their pledges by December 31, though payments are accepted until June 30.
Judge’s faculty and staff give 100% of themselves every day, and we challenge our donors to match this same commitment by increasing their last contribution by at least 10%.
By making a gift every year, in any amount, help to build upon our legacy of academic excellence and directly impact the success of our students.
MY FAMILY IS ALREADY PAYING TUITION . . . WHAT DOES MY STUDENT GET WHEN WE MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO JUDGE?
Your financial contribution to the Annual Fund supports the people and programs that make Judge the great school that it is: talented teachers, small classes, library and instructional resources, technology advancements, enriching arts, athletics programs and tuition assistance. Judge relies on a combination of tuition income, charitable donations, income from auxiliary programs, and interest income to balance its annual budget.
Could Judge operate on tuition alone? Not without looking significantly different. Judge would be less innovative in our approach to education. Essentials like low student-to-teacher ratios, faculty and curriculum development, state-of-the-art technology, a rich arts program, and athletic equipment – all integral components to our rich and robust program would be compromised. Charitable gifts are a necessary part of our school’s healthy financial profile.
IF JUDGE WAS RUN MORE LIKE BIG BUSINESS, COULDN’T THEY CHARGE THE FULL COST AND AVOID HAVING TO ASK FOR GIFTS?
Judge Memorial is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution. Unlike a for-profit business, which aims to make money, Judge aims to provide our students with the very best education. In order to provide the best programs and competitive compensation to our outstanding faculty and staff, we continually evaluate and assess tuition increases, auxiliary programs and effective fundraising initiatives.
And unlike tuition, contributions to Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible and allow each family to give at a meaningful level to which they are able.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE TO THE ANNUAL FUND AND HOW MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE CAN MY GIFT REALLY MAKE?
Ideally, current parents identify Judge as one of their top philanthropic priorities and recognize that their contributions make a significant impact. Annual Fund gifts range from $20 to over $20,000. Your gift, when added to those of hundreds of other supporters, can have a large impact. Your participation encourages others to give and sends a message to our community that Judge makes a difference. Every gift counts! Every gift matters!
SHOULD I GIVE IF I RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID?
Even though many families make financial sacrifices to pay their tuition, it is still important for every member of our community to participate in the Annual Fund at some level.
WHEN SHOULD I MAKE MY ANNUAL FUND GIFT OR PLEDGE?
The earlier we receive your gift, the earlier we can put it to work for all our students. We encourage all families to make their pledges by December 31, though payments are accepted until June 30.
IS JUDGE ELIGIBLE FOR EMPLOYER MATCHING GIFTS?
Yes! Judge is grateful to the many corporations that support Judge through generous matching gift programs. Please ask your employer about Matching Gift Programs. This is a great way to double and sometimes triple your gift to Judge.
HOW IS THE ANNUAL FUND DIFFERENT FROM THE ENDOWMENT?
The Annual Fund enhances the current year’s operating budget, while a school’s endowment is its long-term savings account. A large endowment, well invested, can provide financial stability and a source of income beyond tuition and annual gifts.