Monarch Giving Day is our school community’s 1981 minute fundraising effort to support our Annual Fund. This high-energy, fast-moving, incentive-driven 33-hour fundraising event will begin on Tuesday, 11/12/19 at 12:01 a.m. PST.

Dollars from the Monarch Annual Fund are what allow us to respond to new opportunities for students and faculty each year with a resounding YES!

Proceeds are used to boost four critical areas:

  • STREAM – Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Math
  • Literacy Program Enhancements
  • Professional Development
  • Tuition Assistance

Be it curriculum enhancements, new tools for the classroom, fine arts opportunities, or professional development experiences for our faculty, your support for the Annual Fund allows our teachers and students to DREAM BIG & DO MORE!

Click on the link below to watch our 2-minute video about Monarch Giving Day and the importance of our Monarch Annual Fund.

What is Monarch Giving Day?

Monarch Giving Day is our school community’s 33-hour and 59 second fundraising drive to support our Annual Fund. This high-energy, fast-moving, incentive-driven 33-hour fundraising event will begin on Tuesday, 11/12/19 at 12:01 a.m. PST.

Why 33 hours and 59 seconds?

St. Edward Parish School was founded in 1981. Break 1981 into hours and minutes and you get 33 hours and 59 seconds! Monarch Giving Day will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, 11/12/19 and conclude at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 11/13/19.

What does Monarch Giving Day Support?

Monarch Giving Day is our one-day effort to raise money for our Annual Fund. The total fundraising goal of our 19-20 Annual Fund is $135,000. Our goal is to secure $65,000 on Monarch Giving Day.

Dollars from the Monarch Annual Fund are what allow us to respond to new opportunities for students and faculty each year with a resounding YES!

Proceeds are used to boost four critical areas:

  • STREAM – Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art & Math
  • Literacy Program Enhancements
  • Professional Development
  • Tuition Assistance

Be it curriculum enhancements, new tools for the classroom, fine arts opportunities, or professional development experiences for our faculty, your support for the Annual Fund allows our teachers and students to dream big and do more!

Why doesn’t our tuition support these things?

Our tuition covers our school’s basic operating costs such as salaries, health benefits, and maintaining our facilities and grounds. Each year, the school does budget for some professional development, STREAM & literacy programs and Monarch Tuition Assistance. However, the Monarch Annual Fund gives a necessary boost to these areas.

Ultimately, the Annual Fund is instrumental in keeping tuition increases down. Also important –

St. Edward’s tuition fully funds the annual school operating budget. Thanks to our school’s fiscally responsible stewardship, the Monarch Annual Fund does not bridge a gap to support the school budget as is common at many independent schools.

Has Monarch Giving Day been done before?

Yes! The first-ever Monarch Giving Day was held during the 18-19 school year. The 33-hour (and 59-second) fundraising event was filled with many exciting activities for the entire St. Edward community. The event exceeded our expectations both in school family participation and money raised. 77% of our school community participated and we raised $76,296 in 33 hours.

What is the goal of the Monarch Giving Day?

100% Monarch Participation! A broad base of support, from our entire St. Edward community, is the key to our success. Each gift, no matter the amount, makes an impact on our school.

Why give on Tuesday, November 12th?

Your gift will go further and have a bigger impact, thanks to generous Monarch supporters who have funded more than $10,000 in multiple challenges! Your donation or pledge to our school on Tuesday, 11/12 will have a double impact.

What are the Day of Giving challenges?

There will be several giving challenges—one with a dollar goal and one with a participation goal. The challenge funds will be announced and “unlocked” at different points during Monarch Giving Day.

Where does my gift go, and where do the challenge funds go?

100% of all donations received through Monarch Giving Day go directly to the Monarch Annual Fund. Your donation will support faculty/staff professional development, literacy programs, STREAM programs and tuition assistance. Our annual fund runs from July 1 through June 30. We run this one-day event to maximize our annual fund efforts.

How can I make sure my gift counts on the Monarch Giving Day?

You can make your gift in one of two ways:

  1. Online at stedschool.org/MonarchGivingDay between 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, 11/12/19 and 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 11/13/19 PST.
  2. By phone at (949) 496-1241, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday, 11/12/19.
Can I write a check instead of donating online?
  • Yes! We love to receive donations via check. It saves on credit card processing fees!
    Make your check payable to St. Edward the Confessor Parish School and write “Monarch Giving Day” in the memo section.
  • Drop off in Welcome Center: Attn: Advancement Office | 33826 Calle la Primavera | Dana Point, CA 92629
Is my gift tax-deductible?

Absolutely! Your gift is 100% tax-deductible. You will receive an acknowledgement letter that will serve as your receipt for tax purposes.

Will Monarch Giving Day only take place online?

In addition to online giving, we will have a Monarch Giving Day headquarters on campus. It will be a hub of activity and fellowship! More information will be announced soon, but some of the activity highlights over the course of the 33-hour (and 59 second) event include: Drop-Off Donuts, Thanks a Latte Coffee Hour, Sol Agave Evening Food Truck & Family Fun on 11/12, and more!

This sounds great for our school. Besides giving, how can I help the Monarch Giving Day?

Sign up to be a Day of Giving Ambassador! We have a number of activities taking place throughout the day and we need your help! Please contact the Advancement Office if you’d like to get involved.

How can I get more information?