Westminster Fund FAQs
What is the Westminster Fund and where do its dollars go?
Whether it’s inside or outside of the classroom, the Westminster Fund helps Westminster live up to its mission. As is the case with fellow independent schools, the Westminster Fund is a yearly fundraising appeal to bridge the gap between the total cost of running the school and tuition revenue. Tuition alone cannot fund the entire cost associated with a private education at Westminster or any other independent school. Tuition only covers 91 percent of our school’s annual operating budget. Westminster relies on gifts to the Westminster Fund to raise a portion of the additional nine percent needed to sustain the school’s commitment to providing each student with the highest quality education possible.
How does a gift to the Westminster Fund differ from capital and endowment gifts?
Periodic appeals are made for specific needs, such as facility improvements or increases to endowment. These appeals are typical during a capital campaign. A capital or endowment gift will go towards Westminster’s future. The Westminster Fund is primarily used for current operations and is generally unrestricted.
I redirected my Georgia tax liability to Westminster through the GOAL Tax Credit Program. Can that count as my Westminster Fund gift?
No. While we appreciate you redirecting your state tax dollars for financial aid at Westminster, please note that a contribution to the GOAL Scholarship Program, designated to Westminster, cannot be counted as a gift to the Westminster Fund or Bridge Campaign.
How does your gift to the Westminster Fund attract support from outside organizations?
Corporations, foundations and other friends of Westminster look first at the voluntary support provided by Westminster’s community before deciding the level at which they will support our school. A high participation rate from Westminster’s community is critical. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the amount.
What is the 1972 Society?
Founder’s Circle $10,000+
Headmaster’s Circle $5,000-$9,999
Cornerstone Club $2,500-$4,999
Stone Pillar Club $1,500-$2,499
Wildcat Pack $1,000-$1,499
The 1972 Society is made up of all gifts of $1,000 or more directly to the Westminster Fund and does not include gifts to other funds or sponsorships.
Friends of Westminster
Spirit Rock $500-$999
Blue and White $100-$499
The 2015-16 Westminster Fund
Our goal for this academic year is $275,000. Please help us reach our goal and donate to the Westminster Fund.
How Can I Give?
Give via Mail
The 2015-16 Westminster Fund ends June 30, 2016. Checks made payable to Westminster Schools of Augusta (WSA) can be mailed with a donation form to:
Westminster Schools of Augusta Development Office 3067 Wheeler Rd. Augusta, GA 30909
Gifts paid by Visa, MasterCard or Discover can also be made online or by calling 706-731-5260, ext. 2334. Contributions of securities are also accepted. Please call for more information on this option.
Give via Smartphone
Donating via your smart phone is quick and easy. Just visit wsa.net on your phone’s web browser, which will direct you to the mobile website. Scroll down and select “Make Your Gift.”