CAll for thunder

2019-2020
Will you answer the call?

The Call For Thunder is an annual fund that exists through the generosity of St. James Academy families. It is designed to enrich our students’ experiences in all areas – academically, spiritually, socially, athletically and artistically. Our goal this year is $225,000. Will you answer the call?

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Why Give to Call for Thunder?

St. James Academy relies on annual, unrestricted giving to help cover the gap between tuition, parish support and the actual cost of educating each student. These funds are critical to advancing our mission as a school community. Your tax-deductible gift supports.

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Help Us Bridge The Gap

St. James Academy is a young school with young alumni and without an endowment. There is a $896 budget gap per student. Your participation in Call for Thunder is essential in helping us reach our goal of $225,000.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Call For Thunder so important?
The Call For Thunder is an annual fund that exists through the generosity of St. James Academy families. It is designed to enrich our students’ experiences in all areas – academically, spiritually, socially, athletically and artistically. A gift to the Call for Thunder validates your support of our mission and directly impacts the lives of our students.
Doesn’t tuition cover other expenses?

Tuition revenue provides only 86% of the school’s operating budget. St. James Academy relies on annual, unrestricted giving to help cover the difference between tuition, parish support and the actual cost of educating each student. For the 2019-2020 school year, that difference is $896. These funds are critical to advancing our mission as a school community.

Why not set tuition high enough to cover expenses?
  • Higher tuition might keep some parents from enrolling their children. We want to make a St. James Academy education available to as many people as possible, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
  • Contributions to the Call For Thunder are tax-deductible.
If I can only make a small gift, does it really make an impact?
Absolutely! Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. Your gift, combined with those from other parents, alumni, and friends, provides substantial support for the ongoing needs of the St. James community.
Why does my participation matter?

Participation matters because many foundations only fund schools that demonstrate wide support by their own parents and alumni. Your participation is a demonstration of your commitment to the school and a sign of St. James Academy’s strength of community.

How can I make a gift?

You can support Call for Thunder by making a gift of cash, check, credit card, matching gifts or appreciated assets. All gifts are tax-deductible. To make a gift online, go to our secure online donation form.

How can I make a stock transfer?

Gifts can be made through gifts of appreciated securities. For more information and instructions on making a stock transfer, please contact Jenn Godar, Director of Fundraising at 254-4231 or jgodar@sjakeepingfaith.org.

I would like to keep my donation confidential. Is that possible?

Yes, simply indicate this request on your donor form or notify Jenn Godar, Director of Fundraising at 254-4231 or jgodar@sjakeepingfaith.org.

Our IMPACT Report

From Our Alumni & Parents

“I have had 3 children graduate from Saint James Academy and I am beyond happy with the education they received! The study skills they learned prepared them for college and they have flourished in their advanced studies. The teachers and staff really care about your children. The atmosphere is welcoming and the faith formation is integrated into all aspects of their education.” 

“St. James is an excellent school with regard to preparing students for college and for a faith-based life.”

“Overall, I loved my experience at St. James Academy and I would not change a thing. The teachers were outstanding and you could tell they actually cared about the students. Not only was I prepared for college academically, but I was also prepared spiritually. My faith has been strengthened in ways I never could have imagined through all of the daily prayer, retreats, and adoration that St. James offered. I also met my life-long friends there and could not have asked for a better experience!”

“The sense of community is like no other! I am so grateful that I got to attend such a great high school and build lifelong friendships. I feel like the teachers and staff prepared me for college and I would recommend to anyone getting ready to send their kids off to high school.”

“I graduated from St. James Academy in May of 2012 and still feel as though my High School experience was one that has positively impacted my life and shaped me into the young adult I am today! The entire administrative staff as well as each and every teacher who contributed to my education was always positive, uplifting, and encouraging while teaching proper discipline. Being able to attend this Catholic School educated me not only in common curriculum, but instilled a deep desire to cultivate an organic and fruitful relationship with God. At St. James Academy, openly having a relationship with Our Lord is not only encouraged but HIGHLY sought after! And for an atmosphere such as this, to have trudged through the awkward high school years in, I will be forever grateful!”

“My child was provided a strong education by dedicated teachers and staff. He was extremely prepared for college.”

“I had a wonderful experience at St. James Academy. I would not be the person I am today without this school. I created lifelong friendships that mean so much to me. My faith life was established here and developed tremendously throughout my four years at SJA. The teachers genuinely care about you not only in your schooling but beyond graduation. I was able to be very involved during my time at SJA. I felt like there were many sports, clubs, and leadership positions for people to invest their time in. SJA brought my family closer by allowing opportunities for my parents and younger siblings to be involved in what SJA is all about. I feel that my education at SJA properly prepared me for college.”

Every Gift Makes A Difference

A gift to the Call for Thunder validates your support of our mission and directly impacts the lives of our students.