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Extend the Gift Over the years, Valley Christian Schools has been blessed by hundreds of individuals and families that have supported our school’s philanthropic initiatives and provided the means to fund our Quest for ExcellenceTM. Although our beautiful Skyway Campus is now a model of modern Christian education, VCS was not always blessed with such an impressive facility. Throughout its early years, VCS was a nomadic school—low on funds, frequently changing campuses, and fighting to fulfill the dream of providing a premium Christian education to the Silicon Valley. In a true answer to prayer, God provided the resources to fulfill this dream through the dedication and generous giving of time, talent, and treasure by thousands of Valley Christian’s friends, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff. While we have come a long way, the dream is renewed each year through the philanthropic efforts of VCS supporters. It is the privilege and responsibility of our current families to ensure that the Quest for Excellence is alive and well both now and in the future. This conviction has led our Development department to take the name Extend the Gift, as it is our charter to procure the resources necessary for Valley Christian Schools to extend the gift of premium Christian education to future generations of Bay Area students. Valley Christian Schools is an independent Christian school that is not subsidized by any specific church, charity, or other religious organization. In order to maintain this necessary autonomy, we also do not receive any funding from the government. From our humble beginnings to the development of the Skyway Campus, Valley Christian Schools has relied on the generosity of donors to support our mission. Valley Christian must acquire all funds for operations and capital improvements through tuition and fees, annual charitable contributions, and occasional capital campaigns. We follow the Independent School Financial Model, wherein charitable giving finances enhancements to our student and teacher programs. At Valley Christian Schools, these enhancements—our Quest for Excellence—are funded by annual giving to the WARRIOR FUND. The solicitation of these tax-deductible donations is intended to enable our families to give based upon their ability and calling rather than forcing their hands by only raising tuition. Every student at Valley Christian Schools is a beneficiary of charitable contributions made by past and present donors. These gifts continue to allow VCS to cultivate Warriors: tomorrow’s leaders, properly equipped to serve God and family while positively impacting their communities and the world. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with you as we invest in the lives of the incredible young people who walk through our doors each year. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the various ways to give to Valley Christian Schools, as outlined in this brochure. We truly believe that God will continue to bless the ministry and impact of VCS, and your generosity is a vital component of extending the Valley Christian legacy into the future. “Just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving,” (2 Corinthians 8:7).

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Frequently UNasked Questions Valley Christian Schools has a tradition of philanthropy, and your gifts help ensure that the Quest for Excellence is realized in our school and students. Every aspect of the school is touched by annual giving through the WARRIOR FUND, including our A3 curriculum (Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty, and Athletic Distinction); Youth With Promise (financial assistance); and Teacher/Staff Compensation Support. Parents often come to VCS with very different views of and experiences with philanthropy, and many have questions. It is our philosophy that all members of our school community should support annual giving at a level that is appropriate for them. To offer a better understanding of our philanthropic philosophy, we provide this list of frequently “un-asked” questions, featuring topics that you may have questions about but feel uncomfortable addressing.

What is the Quest for Excellence? VCS is committed to a Quest for Excellence in all of its educational programs, and provides a comprehensive kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum with a rigorous college preparatory program. Firmly founded on Christian values, Valley Christian Schools challenges youth to aspire toward lives of character, service, and influence while pursuing their individual Quests for Excellence.

Why does Valley Christian have the annual giving campaign (WARRIOR FUND)? VCS, in a manner consistent with many Independent Schools, relies on income beyond tuition to fully support its students and programs. Annual gifts to the WARRIOR FUND are used during the year in which they are received and are the primary source for bridging any “Gap” between tuition and the true cost of educating our students. Ensuring broad support of the WARRIOR FUND, through annual giving, is the most crucial part of VCS’ fundraising initiatives, and these gifts have the most direct and immediate impact on the school.

How much is the “Gap”? Valley Christian Schools’ “Gap” varies from campus to campus and year to year. The following are approximate amounts:

HIGH SCHOOL - $3,000/student

JUNIOR HIGH - $2,500/student

ELEMENTARY - $2,000/student

See back page for more information

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Why doesn’t Valley Christian Schools operate like other businesses and at least charge the full cost of its educational offerings through tuition? Valley Christian Schools employs the Independent School Financial Model, which is similar to most of our Bay Area private school counterparts. This model understands as fact that tuition dollars alone cannot support the breadth and quality of curriculum, activities, and facilities in the Bay Area’s stellar private schools. The amount of tuition necessary to fund our current level of education would price Valley Christian well beyond our counterparts and further restrict the number and types of families who could afford to attend. If tuition equaled or exceeded cost, enrollment would be limited, which in turn could mean a cutback in programs and opportunities for students. More importantly, it would negatively impact the socio-economic diversity of our student body. The solicitation of tax-deductible donations helps our families give based upon their ability and calling rather than by forcing their hand through raising tuition. Finally, a gift to Valley Christian Schools is tax-deductible. Tuition is not.

Why does Valley Christian Schools ask that I support the WARRIOR FUND as opposed to giving to a specific program or teacher? There are many reasons why we have implemented the WARRIOR FUND as the primary source to fund the Quest for Excellence. Two of the most important points are as follows: Directed giving towards a specific program or teacher does not ensure that the Quest for Excellence is maintained throughout our entire curriculum. Valley Christian is committed to maintaining the highest standards in all areas of our A3 curriculum. Directed giving can not only skew funds solely towards high profile programs; it can also cause the administration to be subject to the unpredictable financial capacity of parents with children currently involved in certain programs. A school must be able to predictably support all of its programs, and cannot let a program’s success rise and fall as determined by specific parental involvement. Furthermore, one of our most important programs, Youth With Promise (financial assistance), is not a program that can be supported by its direct beneficiaries. Creating Warriors and equipping students, as our mission states, requires contributions that benefit all students in their personal Quest for Excellence. Although rarely discussed or directly desired, restricted giving to a program or teacher creates an unspoken contract between the giver and the receiver that is extremely undesirable in a Christian school environment. Some direct givers expect preferential treatment for their children and are disappointed if such treatment is not forthcoming. Conversely, some teachers/coaches feel pressure to give preferential treatment to the student of a giver, even if no such treatment was expected or desired. This unspoken contract can also exert influence over a specific program in a way that is similarly dysfunctional. Valley Christian Schools is committed to providing equal opportunity for all of our students, families, and employees, regardless of socio-economic status. Directed giving makes this commitment difficult to maintain, both practically and perceptually. The WARRIOR FUND is the vehicle that makes our commitment to equal opportunity possible.

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Getting Involved Volunteer Giving at VCS means more than just dollars. Using your gifts, talents, or expertise to help organize and execute special events, help in your child’s classroom, or act as an ambassador of the school in your circle of influence are vital responsibilities of our current families. In addition to helping with our main fundraising events, there are opportunities to get involved with our campus PTPFs and make an impact. To get signed up as a volunteer for the 2016-17 school year, please contact Shannon McClellan at smcclellan@vcs.net.

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Honoring our Supporters Valley Christian Schools is grateful to those who give their time, talent, and treasure to advance our mission. We recognize and thank our supporters through community recognition: their names are included in the appropriate giving categories of our Annual Giving Report (see below), which is published each September. Furthermore, all those who donate $2,000 or more are invited to the annual Leadership Circle Appreciation Dinner with President Dr. Cliff Daugherty, which is held each fall.

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DAVID AND EDIE WALLACE FOUNDERS COUNCIL Membership in the David and Edie Wallace Founders’ Council is awarded to those whose lifetime contributions to Valley Christian total $200,000 or more.

DR. CLIFFORD E. DAUGHERTY QUEST FOR EXCELLENCE SOCIETY Membership in the Dr. Clifford E. Daugherty Quest for Excellence Society is awarded to those whose lifetime contributions total $50,000 to $199,999.

ANNUAL GIVING—EXTEND THE GIFT LEADERSHIP CIRCLE The Extend the Gift Leadership Circle honors those whose gifts total $2,000 or more during the fiscal year. Pledges are counted in the year(s) in which they are funded.

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DIAMOND MEMBERS Diamond Membership is awarded to those whose gifts total $10,000 or more during the fiscal year.

PLATINUM MEMBERS Platinum Membership is awarded to those whose gifts total $5,000 to $9,999 during the fiscal year.

GOLD MEMBERS Gold Membership is awarded to those whose gifts total $2,000 to $4,999 during the fiscal year.

ANNUAL GIVING—WARRIOR CLUB (UP TO $1,999)

Members of the Warrior Club support the school in numerous ways, including financial gifts of up to $1,999.

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Planning Your Giving Annual Gifts to the WARRIOR FUND Each family is asked to contribute annually in support of Valley Christian Schools. Annual gifts to the WARRIOR FUND are used to increase the general operating budget for the fiscal year and ensure that each student has the opportunity to succeed. The executive leadership team is committed to being good stewards of your generous contributions by providing excellent opportunities for every student, from academic programs and extracurricular activities, to facility improvements and maintenance. Throughout each school year, current parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni families, and friends of Valley Christian Schools partner with us in raising resources to advance our mission. The WARRIOR FUND was created for this purpose and supports a broad array of programs and services including our A3 curriculum (Academic Achievement, Artistic Beauty, Athletic Distinction); Youth With Promise (financial assistance); and Teacher/Staff Compensation Support.

PERIODIC GIFTS TO CAPITAL PROJECTS Families may be asked periodically to make a gift to a capital campaign for restoring or building a new facility at one of Valley Christian Schools’ campuses. These campaigns, although infrequent, are of the utmost importance and ensure that our state-of-the-art facilities remain excellent.

ESTATE PLANNING VCS provides resources for families who want to leave a legacy, in giving, through estate planning. You can learn more about gift and estate planning at our gift planning website at vcs.myplannedgift.org.

Deciding How Much to Give Valley Christian Schools expects every current family to give, annually, at a level equal to their financial ability AND personal desire to see young people “equipped to become leaders.” Achieving our goal enables Valley Christian Schools to seek additional funding in the form of private foundation and corporate grants, in which participation by current families is a key factor for selection. As each family’s financial situation varies, participation means different things to different members of our community. We are hopeful that the average gift per child is at least $1,500 annually. However, since each family is unique, we understand that not all will be able to participate at such a level. To achieve the necessary funding to maintain the Quest for Excellence, families with higher annual incomes may be able to contribute more money than families with lower annual incomes. In a manner consistent with all philanthropic giving, this system provides that each gift, no matter the amount, is meaningful and matches a donor’s capacity to give. Donors with the generosity and financial ability to make a gift of $2,000 or more will qualify for our Extend the Gift Leadership Circle, and will be invited to our Leadership Circle Appreciation Dinner with President, Dr. Cliff Daugherty.

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Ways to Give Cash, Check, or Credit Make checks payable to “Valley Christian Schools’ Warrior Fund” and use the enclosed envelope to send your gift. You may also visit give.vcs.net to make a gift online using a credit card.

Gifts of Stock

Visit give.vcs.net to download our Stock Transfer instruction form.

Planned Giving For more information about including Valley Christian Schools in your estate plan, please visit vcs.myplannedgift.org.

Matching Gifts Double your gift to Valley Christian Schools! Many gifts qualify for company matches. Find out if your company will match your charitable donations: visit give.vcs.net and click the Matching Gift tab.

Gifts In-kind

Visit give.vcs.net to download the In-kind gift form for use when giving tangible personal property.

Memorial or Honorary Gifts Pay special tribute by making a gift to Valley Christian Schools in memory or in honor of a family member, friend, colleague, or group.

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Extend The Gift  

Warrior Guide to Giving and Getting Involved