What is the Annual Appeal?
“The fragrance of a rose remains in the hand of its giver
long after the flower has been passed.”
Someone recently conducted a survey of retirement home residents. “Do you have any regrets?” they were asked. Here’s what they said:
- First, they wished they’d spent more time loving people.
- Second, they wished they’d taken more risks.
- Third, they wished they’d done some good that would last forever.
Anything you can do for Archbishop Williams High School will last forever. Its fragrance will never leave your hands. Young lives will be changed. An eternity of tomorrows will be brighter because your gift will be their sun. You owe us nothing. Please give more than you owe. Join us for a friend-raiser event. Contribute to a fundraiser activity.
Your caring donation to our Annual Appeal helps us enhance and strengthen the programs and services we provide our students, meet current operating expenses, and maintain our physical facilities.
Whether you give or not, know that you will be part of the fabric, fiber, and family of our school forever -- simply because of all you have already given of yourself.
Carmen Mariano, Ed.D ‘64
The Annual Appeal
The annual Appeal is made up of annual gifts from the above mentioned constituents. The unrestricted funds are added to the general fund of the school's budget for use in:
- Meeting current operating expenses
- Maintaining the physical plant, and
- Enhancing the student programs and services
Traditionally, strong institutions have strong Annual Appeals. Catholic secondary schools should be no different than any other school, college or university. An annual gift to the operating budget is a tangible vote of confidence in our school's total program.
Tell me more!
The Annual Appeal is part of the Development program at Archbishop Williams High School. Key alumni called Class Agents work with the development office to coordinate the internal operations of the campaign by organizing mailings, phonathons, special events and communications. The Annual Appeal is built on a fiscal year basis. The solicitation of gifts begins in the fall, and all gifts recorded on or before June 30th will be credited for that fiscal year. Opportunities to give will be available through "snail" mail, phone or personal contact.
Ways to Give
Gifts of cash make funds available for immediate use, and are fully tax-deductible for donors who itemize deductions.
- Matching Gifts
Many businesses and corporations match their employees’ gifts to educational institutions. Please check with your human resources department to see whether your company offers such a program. Check this list to see if your workplace matches gifts!
Pledges allow you to make a commitment to be paid over a period of time based on an agreed upon schedule of payments.
- Planned Giving read more
What are Giving Societies
Giving Societies are a method or approach to securing a number of gifts at all levels. If our Annual Appeal is to be successful, we believe it must reflect the balance between leadership gifts and broad participation. These various societies were formed to encourage donors to feel a sense of affinity with Archbishop Williams as members of a particular society while also hoping they may increase their gifts. Through heightened recognition, they give our generous donors a sense of belonging to something special. Our Current Societies are leveled as follows.
|President's Circle||$10,000 or more|
|Bishops Benefactor||$5,000 to $9,999|
|Archbishop Williams Circle||$2,500 to $4,999|
|Principal’s Circle||$1,000 to 2,499|
|Mitre Circle||$500 to $999|
|Caritas Club||$250 to $499|
|Blue and Gold Club||$100 to $249|
|Contributor|| Up to $99|
The simple answer to this question is twofold. First, Archbishop Williams High School is worth your additional investment! Second, Archbishop Williams needs you to make a difference in the lives of our current students. If you would like to receive more information or have additional questions about the Annual Appeal, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at: 781-843-3610