Here at St. Francis School we believe in an active and engaged community of students, faculty, alumni, and families. Our exceptional school environment is one that relies on the support and involvement of all in our SFS community. There are many ways to be involved, from volunteering to donating to attending our annual gala!
Síofra Rucker G’84
B.S. St. John's College
B.A. University of Iowa
B.A. Mississippi State University
Each year we ask our St. Francis community to give generously. The Fund for St. Francis is the cornerstone of our annual giving and thanks to the generosity of our current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends we raise $425,000 each year. This fund allows us to retain the best faculty, provide unique classroom experiences, and have the most diverse student body of any Independent School in the region.
Your gift can be directed to:
Scholarship and Financial Aid
Scholarship and Financial Aid
*if any of the directed funds exceed their operating budget, the excess funds will be allocated to Greatest Need.
There are many options and ways to give, and your support will make a real and lasting impact in the lives of our students.
Online: You can choose to give online by clicking here and using Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover. In doing this you can also become part of our SFS Sustainer program which will allow you to select automatic monthly payments and make your gift go further.
Checks: All checks should be made payable to St. Francis School and sent to the attention of the Development Department at 11000 US Hwy 42 Goshen, KY 40026.
Stocks: If you would like to make a gift of stock, please contact Kim Hales at 502-736-1008.
In 2013, we began a $15+ million Capital Campaign that addresses capital and programmatic needs decisively and creates an abundant future for St. Francis. Our Chairs, Nina Bonnie, Dace Brown Stubbs, and Ginny Frazier, are committed to the success of the campaign and bring the broad perspectives of alumni parent, current grandparent, and current parent, respectively, to the campaign.
The Capital Campaign is a phased comprehensive campaign that includes both bricks and mortar facility improvements and scholarship endowment. By phasing the campaign, we can raise funds for a project, complete it, and move on to the next project. This approach fits the School’s needs, as we havemultiple needs on both campuses, rather than one big $15 million building. Our campaign has four (4) bricks and mortar projects, two (2) of which are complete: the Goshen Gym and the expansion of the High School, and one (1) currently under construction, the Goshen Main Amp, Lobby & Theater, scheduled to open summer 2019.
If you would like to join our students and have your name (or a favorite teacher, grandparent, alum’s name) on a theater seat, Capital Campaign gifts of $1,000 – $10,000+ will be commemorated by a named seat.
For any questions about the Capital Campaign, please contact Síofra Rucker, Director of Advancement.
The final building project, the High School gym, will create on-campus athletic facilities to inspire our varsity athletes and add to the school climate.
Volunteer with the Parent Association (PA)
The PA is comprised of all members of the parent body, and its purpose is to help maintain a strong, cooperative, and friendly relationship between parents and the School and to support the School’s Mission. Each family is asked to pay $50 in dues to the PA to support the School. This alleviates the need for any sales-based fundraisers such as candy or wrapping paper.
The PA also hosts many of the community-building events that we have over the school year, including:
- Book Sale (D)
- Back-to-School Picnic
- New Parent Reception (D)
- Taste of St. Francis (D)
- Grandparents’ Day (G)
- Grandparents’ Day (D)
- Holiday Wish Fund*
- Parent – Child Dance (G)
- Parent – Child Campout (G)
- Pegasus Parade
- Ice Cream Social (G)
- Faculty/Staff Appreciation lunches/brunches
- Classroom holiday parties (G)
- Skating Parties (G)
*The Holiday Wish Fund was created by the PA to simplify the holiday gift giving process and make sure all teachers and staff members are thanked for their hard work. You may donate any amount of money you’d like and the PA then purchases gift cards for each faculty/staff member.
Volunteer with Athletics
Parents can support the athletic program through volunteering and fundraising events throughout the year. Here are ways you can help:
- Serve on The Athletic Committee to plan the year’s activities for the committee
- Athletic Banner Sponsorship is a wonderful way to show your support of the athletic program while advertising your business ($250 – $500).
- Be a Team Parent on your child’s team and help with coordination and communication.
- Concessions worker – we need lots of concessions assistance!
- Gate worker – we need parents at every home game/meet to collect entrance fees.
- Purchase season athletic passes to all home games in a given sport.
- Additional Volunteer Opportunities are needed for scoring, announcing, photographing, team parties, and sports banquets.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Additional Volunteer opportunities are available in every area of the school.
- Be a lunchroom volunteer (Goshen Campus)
- Be a Library volunteer (Goshen Campus)
- Be a Book Sale volunteer (Downtown Campus)
- Be a volunteer sub for the front desk
- Be a PA classroom or grade-level rep
- Serve on the Our Good Earth or Imagine! committee
We are committed to making a St. Francis education accessible to all who are admitted, and as such, over 50% of the student population receives some form of aid to attend. This commitment to diversity and scholarships makes us truly unique among other local, as well as national, Independent Schools. In providing tuition assistance to students and their families, our financial aid helps cultivate a student body that more accurately reflects the diversity of the Louisville community. This allows our students to learn to appreciate and work with people from a variety of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which is critical to achieving our mission.
SFS offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships.
St. Francis School recognizes and honors parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends who have included the school in their estate plans. SFS’s Planned Giving Program provides a variety of ways to make a planned gift that do not deplete lifetime assets and, in some cases, can furnish additional income and significant tax deductions.
It may be possible to double your donation, doubling the impact of your gift to St. Francis. Many companies match employee donations, dollar for dollar, to nonprofit organizations like ours. Please consider checking with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program.
We appreciate your interest in and support of St. Francis School. Your attorney or financial planner can provide additional information on how these ways of giving apply to your specific situation. The school can also recommend an attorney who specializes in estate planning and charitable giving.
If you are interested in learning more about these gift opportunities for you and St. Francis School, please contact Kim Hales in the Development Office at 502-736-1008. If you have already designated the school as a beneficiary, please contact the Development Office so that we can recognize your generosity.
Walk of Honor Bricks – Goshen Campus Alumni
To commemorate your child(ren)’s years at St. Francis School, Goshen Campus, you may be interested in purchasing a brick in his/her/their name(s) for the St. Francis “Walk of Honor” located at the entrance of the school. This brick will be a lasting memory of your child(ren)’s experiences at St. Francis and will be seen on every return to the school for visits or other reunions.
Bricks are $250 each and can be purchased here; be sure to note your student’s full name to be shown on the brick.