Development Office Phone Numbers
540-989-6641 x 271
540-989-6641 x 284
540-989-6641 x 258
In Support of the School’s Operating Budget
Our annual operating budget includes the revenue and expenses our Board deems necessary to run the school, to provide each and every student an exceptional educational experience, and to fund the school’s operations each year, e.g.- faculty and staff compensation, utilities, vehicles, facility maintenance, and non-benefit insurance.
Annual operating budget revenues come primarily from tuition and fees parents pay. Tuition and fees are set intentionally at a level lower than the actual cost to educate each student - approximately 91% of the cost to educate each child and operate the school. This keeps our school more affordable.
The lion’s share of the financial gap comes from money raised by our Development Office through its fundraisers.
Additional revenues supporting the annual operating budget come from renting the school’s facilities - CAC memberships, CCA Marlins swimming, and gym rentals to athletic teams. To meet our goal of a balanced budget each year, unrestricted gifts to the annual fund and the other development office fundraisers are critically important. The following fundraisers support the North Cross operating budget.
North Cross Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is the most important and most efficient way to support North Cross and the education each and every student—including your own—receives. Unlike other methods our Development Office uses to raise money for the school, the Annual Fund is not a special event. With little volunteer help and minimal expense, development raises funds through a number of appeals to each of our constituencies—our faculty and staff, trustees, current and past parents, grandparents, alumni, businesses, corporations, and foundations.
The most attention is given to the Annual Fund in the beginning of the school year when we ask for gifts and pledges. Depending on those gifts and pledges, additional appeals may be made during the year, and certainly at the end of the year.
Winter Gala and Auction
The Gala is a community building special event - an evening of fun, friends, great food, dancing--and the school’s second largest school fundraiser. This is a black-tie optional event open to North Cross and non-North Cross families and friends and over 400 people attend to enjoy the evening and participate in its silent and live auctions. Gala is a great opportunity to volunteer and get to know others in our community. Make sure to reserve the date and plan to attend.
Big Flea Sale
Big Flea is a community service special event and fundraiser. During the year, our parents and others in the North Cross community donate new and used items—clothing, furniture, appliances, equipment—to the school. If you have furniture, appliances, sporting goods, household items to donate, Big Flea accepts them year-round. These items are stored until the sale in March. Over 3,000 people come to our campus, including members from our North Cross community, to bargain hunt in a giant flea market. Volunteers are needed to support this event, and parents are a major source for volunteer help.
Corporate Sponsorships and Banner Sales
Corporations are approached each year to support North Cross and given a menu of giving level choices from Gold Level $10,000 Presenting Sponsorship to purchasing advertisements in our publications. Outside corporations and foundations pay particular attention to participation in our Annual Fund.
Outside the School’s Operating Budget
Not everything that divisions or departments want to have each school year makes it into the budget to keep tuition and fees reasonable and to ensure the essential programs are delivered. During the school year, there are additional fundraisers, conducted by other parts of the school (not the development office) which raise funds for purchases of services or items that fall outside the annual operating budget. The Divisions and departments within the school submit a “wish list” for items that did not make it into the budget, and entities such as Parents’ Association, Friends of the Arts, Boosters, and the athletic teams will hold fundraisers to support these purchases or other things they wish to purchase outside the school’s operating budget.
The following fundraising activities support purchases of items that are not covered within the school’s annual operating budget:
Parents’ Association (PA)
Kroger Community Rewards program
The Kroger Community Rewards Program is the PA's largest fundraiser. Pay for groceries using a Kroger Plus card linked to North Cross School and the Parents’ Association will receive a rebate check at the end of each quarter for up to 2% of your purchases. These rewards from Kroger are used to provide the school with items that are not in the budget but enhance our children's educational experience. Some examples of items PA has purchased include Promethean boards for lower school classrooms, a 3D printer, and new lights for the auditorium. Click here to learn more about the program and learn how to link your Kroger Plus card to North Cross School.
Friends of the Arts Concessions and Coffeehouse
During the year, the Friends of the Arts (FOTA) sell concessions at arts events and performances, conduct a greenery and plant sale, and on November 14th, 2014, FOTA will hold a special fundraiser, the FOTA Coffeehouse, at the South County Library.
Boosters’ Club Concession Sales
During the athletic events held at home, concessions are sold to attendees. The revenues are used for a variety of athletics-related purposes for purchases of items outside the school’s operating budget.
Bus Rental for Away Games
The school has purchased an upgraded bus for travel to athletic events; however, on occasion, additional upgraded buses may be rented—as requested by parents—so athletes can ride in greater comfort to away contests and arrive fresher to play when trips are longer than an hour and a half. This is also a safer way to travel greater distances and cuts down on coach-driver fatigue issues. Parents volunteer to support these rentals.
Football and Soccer Golf Tournament
Tournament takes place at Ballyhack Golf Course. Individual and team registrations, and hole sponsorships are available.
Girls Volleyball and Basketball Cookie Dough Sale
Team members sell boxes of frozen cookie dough to family, friends, and neighbors. Proceeds from the sale purchase team supplies outside the annual athletic operating budget.
Spring Mulch Sale
Dates: April 2015
Run by: Spring sport coaches
Supports: Net proceeds go to participating team budgets
Team members sell mulch to family, friends, and neighbors to support team budgets.
Senior Class Gift
Each senior class has traditionally given a major gift to the school. Students and their parents sell items such as biscuits, do fundraisers such as car washes, and contribute during the year to reach a financial goal for the gift they have chosen.
Rescue Mission toilet paper drive
Parents are asked to donate toilet paper for the Rescue Mission
Box Tops collection
During the year, children will ask parents to donate canned goods and other food items for community school children and to help fill backpacks for children in need.