The Lourdes-Joseph Fundprovides our school with the ability to educate students throughout the MS Delta, including Chicot County Arkansas. St. Joseph Catholic School (SJCS) strives to ensure that every family that desires a challenging, structured education has that opportunity.
Since 1888 St. Joseph Catholic School has been the leading Catholic educational institution in the Delta. With our dedicated faculty, Catholic environment, family atmosphere and proudly diverse student body, SJCS prepares leaders for college and beyond. Our fair and affordable tuition ensures that finances are not the reason a family feels unwelcome or faces challenges at home.
As little as $1 a day will not just positively impact the school, it will ensure that the education and environment that our future Christian Leaders are receiving is competitive and supportive. It allows us to give them the tools they need to become the best version of themselves.
The annual fund is an amazing way of saying two things: Thank you and You Got This!
Every gift to St. Joseph Catholic School, no matter how large or small, makes a significant difference and assures that our students are inspired, supported and lifted up by our Fighting Irish community each year, building on a strong tradition of philanthropy.
Here's a brief video walking you through the process:
How much should I give?
The monthly gap to educate each student is $150 a month. By everyone contributing something, this will ensure that the GAP is closed. While we know not everyone can afford $150 a month, it is urgent that we get 100% participation from alumni, parents, faculty, friends, parish members and family of students and alumni. With everyone participating in the Lourdes-Joseph Fund at any level, we can guarantee that St. Joseph Catholic School can progress and improve the curriculum each year.
Why not raise tuition?
We do look at the GAP and our current costs to educate each year. We have raised tuition when necessary and will do it again in the future when our GAP goes over a certain amount. With most families bringing in an average of $42,998 a year, making education affordable for everyone regardless of income, ethnicity, ability, and religion is our mission. So to raise tuition would instantly disqualify many amazing students. We take our dedication to the Delta very seriously and live by Matthew 25:40 and the values of St. Joseph.
May I dedicate my funds to a particular area or subject within the school?
Absolutely! If you'd like your funds to help with tuition, support our faculty, athletics, curriculum or a specific subject you can write that into the comment box when setting up your monthly draft. Typically most people either elect to have their contributions go where ever the greatest need is or just to the school in general.
How will I know if my contributions are being spent the way I asked them to be?
We are 100% transparent. We will have pages set up where you can see your contributions grow and how they are spent. Should you donate funds to our band department so that we can purchase instruments, we will gladly show you the receipts and the equipment we bought. You're even invited to watch them play. I know that would mean the world to the students.
Are there other ways I can help if I can only give a small amount each month?
YES! We are set up with Smile.Amazon, Kroger Rewards Card, Shutterfly, Box Tops, Coca-Cola, endowment funds and employer that offer matching funds. There are also many in-kind donation opportunities. There are tangible items and services that we will always need. Along with all of these opportunities, you can share SJCS with friends, family and your church. You can also add us to your prayers each week or night if you're so inclined.
Do I have to put my contribution on a credit card?
NO! And actually, we'd rather not create debt for you by helping us. We use GivingTools.com to help us take online payments. They offer the opportunity for you to use your checking account to have your monthly contributions withdrawn. They only charge us $.19 per check. They also give you the option of paying that $.19. There is the option of using a debit or credit card should you prefer to do that. MasterCard, Visa, and Discover will charge us 1.9% + $.20 per transaction, but again, you may elect to cover those costs for us so that we may benefit from 100% of your contribution. There is also the option to send a check in the mail each month, quarterly or even yearly. Just write the check to St. Joseph Catholic School at 1501 V F W Rd. Greenville, MS 38701
Is my donation tax-deductible?
YES! To the fullest extent that the law allows. Check with your accountant or the person that handles your taxes each year. You will receive a receipt from the school each January showing your financial and in-kind contributions.
Who can give?
Everyone! Your parents, your sisters, and brothers, members of your church, businesses in the community, mainly anyone that wants to promote higher quality education in the Delta. Once you've set up your monthly contribution take a moment to share with others. You can share by emailing, calling, posting on social media or visiting face-to-face. Tell them why SJCS is so important to you. Share stories that show what sets us apart from other educational institutions.
In the event we haven't covered an issue or you have further questions, please email the Development Director Laurie Bariola, firstname.lastname@example.org She'll be happy to answer any question you may have.