Support SJA

A dedicated faculty, up-to-date information technology, strong library resources, state of the art vocational programs, and excellent arts and athletics programs all combine to make St. Johnsbury Academy an exceptional school. All are funded in part through generous donations.

Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends are crucial to our success. We rely on your support to help ensure St. Johnsbury Academy's high quality of education. Every gift counts. Every gift makes a difference. Look behind any activity at the Academy, whether in classrooms, athletics, or residential life, and you will find three primary kinds of gifts that help sustain St. Johnsbury Academy's unique approach to education: gifts to the annual fund, gifts to the endowment, and gifts to special projects. We hope you will join us in supporting the Academy. The fiscal year runs from July 1 - June 30.

Annual Fund

By reducing the Academy's reliance on tuition revenue, your contribution, large or small, will expand the educational opportunities for the entire school community. The mission of the St. Johnsbury Academy’s Annual Fund is to provide consistent, yearly support for programs and activities that make a difference to every student.

Endowment

The endowment provides financial sustainability in perpetuity for current and future generations of Academy students.

Special Projects

On a campus as large and complex as St. Johnsbury Academy, special fundraising projects arise. Currently, we are preparing for a major overhaul of Brantview. The last time that Brantview had any work done was back in the 80's. Brantview is in need of some major repair to save the building. To learn more about the project, click here.

Other

If you prefer to direct your gift to something specific, please let us know.

Ways To Give To SJA

Being creative in the way you think about supporting a charity that is near and dear to your heart can allow you to make a gift larger than you ever thought possible. The tax benefits might also surprise you.

Cash Gift
The simplest method of giving is an outright gift by personal check or credit card.

Appreciated Securities
A gift of long-term appreciated securities not only receives an income tax deduction equal to the market value of the securities, but also avoids capital gains taxes on the transfer.

Real and Personal Property
A residence or other real property may be given as an outright gift with a tax deduction equal to the value of the property. If a donor gives a residence or vacation home, they can retain the right to occupy it for life.

Bequests and Retirement Plans
Provisions in a will allow a donor to make a contribution without diminishing the assets during their lifetime. Since bequests are deductible from the taxable estate, significant estate tax savings are possible. Naming a charity as a beneficiary of a retirement plan also avoids income tax when the charity receives its distribution from the plan.

Charitable Gift Annuity
In exchange for a gift of money or securities, a charity will pay the donor and/or a loved one a fixed amount annually for the rest of their life. A portion of this income is not taxed. The donor also receives a charitable deduction for part of the gift as calculated with IRS tables.

Charitable Remainder Trusts
A donor can use an irrevocable trust to provide themselves and/or a loved one with a fixed annual income or an income which varies with the value of the trust. Part of the gift qualifies for an income tax deduction, as calculated with IRS tables. At the death of the last income beneficiary, the corpus of the trust is distributed to the charity.

Charitable Lead Trusts
A donor can support a charity for a term of years or for the life of an individual by creating a charitable lead trust. Income will be paid to the charity of the donor’s choice each year during the term of the trust. When the trust terminates, the assets in the trust revert to the donor or to individuals the donor wish to benefit.

Life Insurance
When a life insurance policy is given to a charity, the cash surrender value of the policy is deductible as a charitable contribution. If the donor continues to pay premiums after their gift, these premiums are also deductible.

Annual Giving

Look behind any activity at the Academy, whether in classrooms, athletics or residential life, and you will find two primary kinds of gifts that help sustain St. Johnsbury Academy's unique approach to education: gifts to the endowment and gifts to the Annual Fund.

By reducing the Academy's reliance on tuition revenue, your contribution, large or small, will expand the educational opportunities for the entire school community. The mission of the St. Johnsbury Academy’s Annual Fund is to provide consistent, yearly support for programs and activities that make a difference to every student. The endowment provides financial sustainability in perpetuity for current and future generations of Academy students.

Make Your Annual Gift Today!

Please contact Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Tammi Sullivan Cady '88 by phone at 802.751.2011 or by email at tcady@stjacademy.org with questions about securities, estate planning, or other.

If you have a matching gift form or would like to send a gift directly to the Academy, please send to:
St. Johnsbury Academy
Development Office
P.O. Box 906
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819

The Thaddeus Fairbanks Society

The mission and purpose of The Thaddeus Fairbanks Society is to recognize those who provide financial resources necessary to secure the future of St. Johnsbury Academy.

Thaddeus Fairbanks Society members are recognized annually at a special Headmaster's luncheon.

Four Categories of Thaddeus Fairbanks Society Membership:

Academy Lifetime Members are those who have cumulative giving of $20,000 or more.
LEGACY CLUB $1,000,000 and above
HERITAGE CLUB $500,000 - $1,000,000
COOLIDGE COUNCIL $250,000 - $500,000
MORSE COUNCIL $100,000 - $250,000
COLBY COUNCIL $50,000 - $100,000
LIFETIME MEMBER $20,000 - $50,000

1842 Circle Members are those who have made a planned or deferred gift to the Academy.

Loyalty Members are those who have loyally donated to the Academy for 20 or more consecutive years.

Annual Members are those who have contributed annual gifts of $1,000 or more during the Academy's fiscal year.

For questions about The Thaddeus Fairbanks Society, planned or deferred giving, or giving to the Academy in general, please contact Tammi Sullivan Cady '88, Director of Development, at 802.751.2010 or tcady@stjacademy.org.

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