With the coming of spring, charitable organizations here in Cheyenne and elsewhere around the country have their pledge-drives, fundraisers, and gala-event planning in full swing. The fact that the beginning of spring coincides with the end of Lent this year means that Christians in particular are considering how they might make their last charitable gifts in the spirit of Lenten almsgiving, giving freely as they have received freely from the Lord Jesus. And, yes, this year as every year, both spring and Lent come right around tax season, which has people thinking about charitable giving for other reasons— not bad reasons, just mundane ones! Charitable contributions made now can’t be deducted from 2017 taxes, of course, but as April 15 approaches, many people have deductions “on the brain,” so to speak, and so make gifts with an eye toward the next tax season.
Here at Trinity Lutheran Church & School we are in the midst of all of that, as well. We are coming to the end of Lent, and our hearts are set on Good Friday and Easter. Above all else, that is our main focus during this holiest of weeks. Yet we also have an eye on the world’s calendar, for the world is where we have been called as salt and light to tend God’s creation and serve our neighbors. With this in mind, Trinity is presently embarked on a spring pledge-drive and fundraiser. Our specific goals for this fundraiser include, but are not limited to, the following:
Providing tuition assistance for needy families — We try to keep tuition as low was possible at TLS, but the reality is that the cost of tuition can sometimes present a barrier to families in extraordinarily straitened financial circumstances.† With such circumstances in mind, TLCS maintains a discretionary grant fund to help defray educational costs.
Books & classroom supplies — The perennial need of private schools. Along with the goose that lays the golden egg, the perpetual-motion machine, and cold fusion, free books and classroom supplies have yet to be discovered. If you could give us any one of the first three items in the list, we’d be thrilled. Barring that, we’d be just as thrilled, and very grateful, to receive help with our books & supplies budget.
Facilities renovation & expansion — In general terms, this refers to the upkeep of the physical plant at the school. More specifically, we have plans to spruce up (and perhaps expand) our playground, paint and re-carpet some classrooms, fix some sagging ceilings, and replace some worn-out classroom furnishings (teacher and student desks, chairs, &c.). Your generous gift would be a blessing indeed as we seek to bolster the look, feel, and longevity of our school building.
These are our foremost needs at present. If you are still planning charitable giving right now, won’t you consider making a tax-deductible gift to TLCS this spring?
“He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9). We know that there are many worthy causes out there vying for your generosity this fundraising season. If you would prayerfully consider giving to support your local Lutheran school, we would be ever so grateful. Your investment is paid back in children’s learning minds, singing voices, and smiling faces. Thank you and God bless you.
How you can give:
Come to the TLS Gala & Auction. This year’s gala is going to be a fun and relaxing night out for TLS parents, friends, faculty, staff, and church family. Come celebrate another successful school year with us and shower some support on our school at our silent auction as we head into the next one! (See gala announcement for more details.) You may purchase a gala ticket from the TLCS office or from any TLS teacher. You can also purchase a gala ticket by following this secure PayPal checkout link or the one on the gala announcement page. Simply present your purchase confirmation to one of the vendors at Trinity, and we will give you your ticket. Please contact the TLCS office if you would like a charitable gift receipt.††
Make a flat pledge. If you’re not able to make it to the gala this year or just not interested— no judgment here!— but would still like to support Trinity during our spring fundraiser, you can make a flat pledge. Write “TLS Spring Fundraiser” on the envelope or memo line, or make a secure donation via PayPal using this link. You can get a charitable gift receipt from the TLCS office.
Become a patron. If you would like to set up regular recurring payments to include the work of Trinity Lutheran Church & School as part of your monthly giving budget, for now the best way to do that is through PayPal. For this option, as well, TLCS can provide you with a charitable gift receipt.
† This determination is made based on a comprehensive need-analysis and financial aid application.
†† Charity-dinner tickets are partially tax-deductible: only the amount that you pay over cost can be written off on your taxes (cf. “Are Tickets to a Charitable Dinner Deductible?”).