As we approach the end of 2020, I’m asking for our community to consider joining in the Timothy Year-End Matching Gift Challenge. A very generous donor will match any sized gift dollar for dollar up to $15,000! Any amount counts—big or small gifts, they all add up!
There are many reasons why we’ve been one of the very few PreK-12 schools to offer a full in-person school option for our families. Of course, our teachers and building leaders and board have led the way. We must also acknowledge the health team and so many other staff members. Certainly credit is due to our parents as well, and I’d have to put our students at the top of the “thank you” list. Most importantly, people from around the world are praying for us and rooting for us. But there is another reason for our success thus far that doesn’t make the Timothy headlines or our social media feeds -- we’ve spent a lot of money!
Whether it’s additional staff, health team personnel, technology, cleaning protocols, PPE, plexi-glass, and so much more -- it all adds up! I’ve said “yes” to more budget requests this year than my previous 10 years at Timothy combined. Moreover, we’re offering record tuition assistance this year. Our commitment to excellence is evident in everything we do -- even as it relates to schooling in a pandemic. The pursuit of excellence always has a cost...and this time even a monetary one.
Over the years, we’ve developed a strong reputation for being fiscally conservative. We do not have any debt, and our foundation assets have just passed $5MM. We’ve managed to keep our tuition among the lowest in Chicagoland for schools of similar size and programming, while offering an overall superior blue ribbon school experience. At Timothy, we’ve always achieved one of the rarest attributes for any organization: “more with less”. So these additional expenses, although critically necessary this year, are an unfamiliar burden.
Just recently we were accredited by the ECFA. This is widely considered the accounting, financial, and fundraising blue ribbon award for non-profits and represents the highest business standards in any non-profit industry. This rare and coveted status means that an outside, third party group of financial experts has declared Timothy to be among the elite in fiscal integrity and accountability. This should give even another layer of confidence when you make a gift to our school.
If you are able, would you consider joining the Year-End Matching Gift Challenge by making a gift to The Timothy Fund this December? And I’d like to ask everyone reading this to pray for our school. We’re halfway through this mission impossible, and we need your help. Our mission is worth your investment. My wife, Julie, and I will be participating as well. Thank you for your consideration and prayers. We make a great team!
Very truly yours for the mission of Timothy Christian Schools,
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