Donations & Fundraising

Ways to Give
 
2020 Year-End Appeal 
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Why Give?

 

 YOUR DONATION CAN ENHANCE SAFETY FOR OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF

 

As a tuition-free, public school, Aristoi is funded through state and federal dollars. However, on average, Aristoi receives $3,000 less per year per student compared to other local public schools and the gap continues to increase each year. 

 

Gifts to Aristoi help make up the difference between state and federal funding and the actual cost of educating our students.

 

What will the funds be spent on?

  • Security features such as cameras on campus
  • Training for students, teachers, and parents

 

What is the goal?

The goal of Aristoi Classical Academy’s School Safety Program is to ensure a safe and secure environment for all students, staff, visitors, and the surrounding community and to prepare the school to effectively respond to all emergencies. Aristoi's School safety committee has prioritized projects to improve school safety. Additional school safety projects will be completed in the coming years to include additional signage, capital projects, and hiring additional staff. Overall, these projects will take more than $500,000 to complete. When you donate to the 2020 Year-End Appeal you will be supporting our 2020 goal to raise $30,000 to finish out the first phase of these projects. 

A letter from Brenda Davidson
 

Dear Families and Friends of Aristoi,

 Brenda Davidson, Superintendent/Headmaster and graduating 2020 senior, Aubrey L.

Thank you for your commitment to providing students the best choice and opportunity in academics while encouraging them to become responsible citizens of virtuous character. The students at Aristoi Classical Academy need your support today to continue enjoying the classical model of education which focuses on the innate desire of children to know more.

 

Your support today will help create and maintain a culture of safety and peace in a secure school environment.

 

Almost all of Aristoi’s funding comes from the State of Texas at an estimated $3,000 less per student annually than independent school districts such as Katy ISD. Your support ensures that the students and teachers at Aristoi continue to develop in wisdom and virtue and are equipped to improve their communities and the world around them.

 

By December 31st, our goal is to raise $30,000. These funds will go directly towards safety features such as security cameras on campus and various training for students, teachers, and parents.  Keeping our campuses safe allows students to look forward to being in an encouraging environment that provides a disciplined culture of excellence. This environment fosters intellectual curiosity through a partnership with the students, their parents, and the community.

 

The reward for your help is a new generation of students who listen carefully, write well, reason critically, and communicate clearly. Please donate today. 

 

Thank you for your dedication to Aristoi Classical Academy and for making it possible for us to help each child become who he or she is meant to be.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brenda Davidson

Superintendent/Headmaster

Year-End Donation Teacher Drawing

 

Every dollar donated counts as a point for teachers and staff to win prizes!

 

½ Day Off with Pay

Any teacher or staff member with more than 1,000 points will receive ½ day off

 

Lunch off campus with another teacher or staff member

Any teacher or staff member with any points will be entered into a drawing to see who wins

 

    Casual Dress   

Teachers and staff members can earn a casual dress day for every 25 points they receive-up to four casual dress days

 

How to participate

On the back of the donation form or after donating online, you will receive a link to list the name of the teacher you would like your donation to count towards for a prize.

 

Winners will be announced on Facebook on January 6, 2021

Follow us at: facebook.com/aristoiclassicalacademy

Mail or email form to:

Aristoi Classical Academy 5610 Morton Road Katy, TX 77493

Natalie DeJong ndejong@aristoiclassical.org

OR

Donate directly online           aristoiclassical.org/give/

Donations are due at the Aristoi Classical Academy Business Office by

December 31, 2020

to be counted towards the Year-End Appeal and Teacher drawings.

What have Year-End Appeal funds been used for in the past and how much money has been raised? 

 

The tradition of raising money during the last part of the calendar year began in 2018 when parents and community members were asked to give to provide for campus items that were desperately needed. The goal was to raise $15,000 which would go towards a transportation van for Aristoi's Upper School, and mounting projectors and an outdoor classroom at the Aristoi Katy Elementary School. The goal was reached and today, students and teachers are still enjoying the support given by so many. 

 

In 2019, the goal to raise $20,000 was met allowing for the purchase of soundproofing in the Katy Upper School cafeteria and the installation of new copiers and printers at the Aristoi Katy Elementary School. 

Other ways to give throughout the year
Volunteering your time is a big investment. Earlier this year, Independent Sector released the 2019 value of volunteer time at $25.43 per hour! This dollar amount along with keeping a log of hours volunteered helps other organizations understand the incredible contributions that volunteers make here at Aristoi.
 
Some companies will also match hours their employees make with actual cash donations! 
 
For on-campus volunteers, please log your hours on the laptop provided at the end of each shift.
 
Volunteers can also log their hours from home by visiting www.aristoiclassical.org/volunteer/.
 
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for yourself or a group, please contact Natalie DeJong at ndejong@aristoiclassical.org
Amazon Smile
  1. Sign into smile.amazon.com
  2. Go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select Aristoi Classical Academy as your charitable organization

When you select Aristoi as your charity of choice and shop through smile.amazon.com link, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Aristoi Classical Academy.

 
 
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You must link your card every year starting August 1
 

Link your Kroger Card

  1. Create a digital account at www.kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards
  2. Link your card to Aristoi Classical Academy, Organization Number: YF671
 
Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based on your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.
 

As a donor, you may be able to double your contribution to Aristoi with the help of your employer. Employee Matching Gifts are donations an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Some companies may also give grants or gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts.


Guidelines and amounts vary with each company. Check with your Human Resources department, check to see if your company is on this list, or contact Natalie DeJong for more information about matching gifts.

A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. You can designate Aristoi as a beneficiary of your estate, 401(k), insurance policy or other planned account. Planned giving is a way to support Aristoi by enabling philanthropic individuals to make larger gifts than they would make from ordinary income. Some planned gifts provide life-long income to the recipient. Other gift plans use estate and tax planning to provide for charities and heirs in ways that maximize the gift and/or maximize the benefit to the donor’s estate. Commonly donated through a will or trust, planned gifts are most often granted once the donor has passed away.


If you are considering a planned gift or would like more information about making a planned gift, please contact Natalie DeJong.

FAQs 

Aristoi Classical Academy is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, EIN: 76-0495959. All gifts that are directly donated to Aristoi and support the mission of Aristoi Classical Academy are deductible to the full extent allowable by law. 

As a charter school, Aristoi Classical Academy receives funding from the state under a formula that pays the school an amount per pupil based on average daily attendance. This amount is, on average, $3,000 less per pupil than the amount paid to the neighboring Independent School Districts. Additionally, charter schools are not allowed to fund facilities through taxpayer approved bonds; consequently, charters must pay for all spending (including for facilities).


Aristoi utilizes resources to deliver the very best classical education to students that would not otherwise have access to this level of academic rigor and character development.


Supporting education and the development of our youth is important to all of us, and our success depends on your support.


Gifts to Aristoi help make up the difference between state and federal funding and the actual cost of educating our students.

 

 Aristoi earned a 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency. By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and vision, we are highlighting the difference we help to make in the world. Check out our updated profile
on GuideStar: https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/8195873

 

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Help us expand and improve our campus to better serve the children of the Greater Houston Area!  
 
Thank you in advance for your continued support.  
 
DONATIONS
Donate online by using the button below. 
Checks should be made out to: 

Aristoi Classical Academy
5610 Morton Road, Katy, TX 77493

**Donations may be mailed or dropped off at the Business Office during school hours.** 

Please direct all questions and/or concerns regarding donations, corporate giving, and grants to:
Natalie DeJong
Telephone: (281) 574-6177