At CAIS schools, we all know that school fundraising is important because the relationships and resources that are cultivated ensure that students benefit from enriched programs and facilities. Without “friend-“ and “fund-“ raising initiatives, schools that receive no government funding would have a hard time supplementing their budgets. At Matthews Hall, we are very thankful for our families and other stakeholders who support our school’s mission and vision each year.
There are many reasons why financially supporting your child’s non-profit school are important. Ultimately, it comes down to making your children’s school a priority in your annual giving of time, treasure, and talent. Each of the three “Ts” of philanthropy are crucial for any independent school that is serious about advancing its mission for its most important clients – its students.
At Matthews Hall, our mission to inspire academic excellence and a lifetime of joyful learning is only possible if we can depend on the generosity, commitment, and energy of the families that we serve. And it’s about more than just fund-raising. Our philanthropic efforts benefit the students of today and tomorrow in several ways.
To begin with, learning to support institutions and causes that are important begins in the home when children are young. They watch and learn that it’s important to give back to meaningful initiatives that serve a worthwhile societal or community good. When parents give openly and discuss the reasons why, children learn that their own allowance should be sorted into three jars: one for saving, one for spending, and one for supporting others! Giving can (re)introduce our kids, friends, and family to the importance of generosity. Knowing someone who gives to a charitable cause can be a catalyst for giving to one yourself. By giving , we remind others of causes that they themselves are passionate about and may like to support.
Supporting an organization with a mission that makes a difference can also create a sense of community —within the organization or group itself – and within the community as a whole. When students, teachers, governors, and families work together toward a common goal, they develop a deeper appreciation for one another and their work together. Contributing time, talent, and treasure also means reaching out within our own families, and to local businesses or members of our community for help on occasion.
On May 6th, we will have an opportunity to pony up at our fast-approaching spring fundraising gala! Our Wild West dinner and auction (…for grown-ups only!) will take place at the London Hunt and Country Club beginning at 6:00 PM.
Don’t miss an evening of Wild West fun including live music, silent and live auction, dinner and an after-hours saloon with line dancing, poker, roulette, ring toss, whiskey tasting, and more!
Tickets are still available and we want to see you and as many MH supporters as possible there to enjoy the fun and celebrate and support our school, our kids, and our dedicated teachers!
The great volunteers in our Matthews Hall Events Committee are working hard to show us all a hog-ropin’ good time!
Hope to see y’all there, pardner!
Sherriff Anderson, Head of School