Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Academy Ascending goal?
- If I give to the Academy annually already, why should I give to the Academy Ascending campaign?
- Aren’t campaigns like this one just for people who can make very large contributions?
- Who decided these projects are necessary?
- Will a gift to the Academy Ascending campaign be tax deductible?
- I’m interested in helping. Does the Academy need any volunteers?
- What are the naming opportunities associated with Academy Ascending?
- Can I give some stock I own to the Academy Ascending campaign?
- I want to put the Academy in my will. Will that help the Academy Ascending campaign?
- May I pay my gift in installments?
- How will the new buildings and redesign be paid for?
- Why should I give to the Academy Ascending campaign when it may not directly benefit my child?
- For grandparents/alumni/friends of the Academy, why should we contribute to Academy Ascending?
- If the Academy is shifting its teaching styles, how will teachers be prepared to lead in a new environment?
- Is there someone specific I can contact to ask questions about the campaign?
While annual giving is a necessary component of balancing the operating budget, annual giving funds do not support capital projects. New construction and renovations are not included in the operating budget. These projects must be funded through fundraising and other revenue sources.
As with a donation to annual giving, a donation to the capital campaign is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Unique naming opportunities and various giving levels will be forthcoming as architectural designs are completed. All gifts may be made in honor of or in memory of a special individual or collectively on behalf of a family.
A bequest or planned gift is a wonderful way to support the Academy Ascending campaign. In fact, the Academy has a goal of acquiring at least 20 new bequests or planned gifts through the Academy Ascending campaign.
True to the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the Academy is committed to providing a faith-based, exemplary education for children of families from varying economic backgrounds. The rich, cultural diversity of our student body is part of what makes the leaning experience uniquely special, and it is part of what makes our alumni so proud of their alma mater. A future bequest gift will support this charism either by providing endowed scholarships, faculty development or support of another AHN program.
Multi-year pledges are accepted for the Academy Ascending campaign, and they are generally three to five years in duration. In approved instances, pledge periods beyond five years may be agreed upon on a case-by-case basis. Pledges must be secured in writing and recorded by the Advancement Office, which will then generate pledge reminders based on donors’ wishes.
The Academy would be a far different school today were it not for the generosity of its donors--some who never had students attend the school. Students who attend the school today benefit from past gifts, just as the students of tomorrow will benefit from gifts to the Academy Ascending campaign. If we are to ensure the mission of Blessed Marie Rose and the Sisters of the Holy Names remains alive for generations to come, it is important to leave a lasting legacy through the Academy Ascending campaign. Every gift helps us towards our goal.
Our mission at the Academy of the Holy Names is to empower students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives. The Academy's mission reflects the core values of the Sisters of the Holy Names, including to help those who may not be able to afford an Academy education.
In order to support our mission, more than $1.5 million each year in some form of aid is given to 22 percent of our students. Ongoing financial support is vital not only to the Academy’s mission, but also to helping us transform our campus into a facility that supports new and emerging models of contemporary learning and advanced technology. Your generous gift, combined with so many others, will serve Academy students and faculty for generations to come.
In the fall of 2014, the Academy unveiled its new Innovation Lab, or iLab. Eight Innovation Fellows were selected from an applicant pool to teach in the new space. The fellows participated in special workshops with an education planner on the best way to instruct students in a 21st century learning environment. The fellowship provided faculty the support for and challenge to create programs featuring the skills required in students' future lives. This first group of fellows were charged with teaching their peers the most effective and engaging ways to teach in a 21st century space.
The Academy has made sure that all of its teachers are prepared to instruct students in a new environment. What we have found, however, is that our students and teachers are already adapting to 21st century education models; our building, in its current state, is not adapting with them.
Yes! We welcome the opportunity to talk to you one-on-one about the Academy Ascending campaign. Please contact Debbie Gavalas, the Academy’s director of advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 835-3522.