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Commonly Asked Questions

I don’t get my bonus until next year. Should I pledge now or when I get my bonus?

Either is fine. If you know what you’ll want to contribute, go ahead and make your pledge now. If you’d like to see what your bonus will be before contributing, it’s perfectly fine to wait to pledge or contribute at that time. All pledges and donations can be adjusted as needed and the deadline for participation is June 30, 2019.

My company will match my pledge. What form do I need to get?

Many companies participate in gift matching programs. Some companies will even match gifts made by retirees and spouses of employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy, you can pick up a Company Matching Gift list from the Academy Administrative Office or simply ask your HR department at your place of employment. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. The Academy will do the rest. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled.

Can I use a credit card?

Yes, you can use a credit card. You can give online with your credit card or enter your charge card number on your pledge card and return it to Alison Stephens in the Development Office.

Can I make a pledge now and then another one in the new year?

Absolutely. You may pledge and contribute as often as you like and whenever you like up until the close of the campaign on June 30, 2019.

Is there a minimum amount?

There is no minimum amount that you must contribute. The key to success of the Annual Fund campaign is participation. That said, the question is often asked about the amount of the average gift. For the 2016-2017 Annual Fund campaign, the average parent gift was $936.00.

Can I make monthly payments to fulfill my pledge?

Yes, you have many payment options. You can pay in full or make monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual gifts. On the back of your pledge card is an area to specify how you’d like to fulfill your pledge.

Can I specify what I want my money to be used for?

Annual Fund gifts are most effective when deposited into a general unrestricted fund that allows MBCA to bridge the gap between what tuition dollars cover and what it costs to actually provide students with a Mt. Bethel education. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund are critical in helping us fulfill our mission of delivering Christ-centered academic excellence, while keeping tuition as low as possible.

Is participation mandatory?

Participation is not mandatory, but encouraged. MBCA needs every member of the Academy community to make the school a priority for charitable giving by making a gift to the Annual Fund. When we approach foundations and corporations for grants, they strongly consider the percentage of parental and community support.

I can only pledge $50. Should I bother?

Absolutely. No amount is too small or too large. Again, the critical need is to get full participation from all constituents to help us reach our stated goal.

When is my payment due?

Payments and pledges are due in full by June 30, 2019.

I need specifics on what the money is used for. How will my child benefit?

Your participation will support continued expansion of our unrivaled technology program, fund faculty and staff professional development grants, provide financial assistance to deserving families who may be facing short-term need, and continue to provide the faculty with the necessary instructional tools to deliver a quality education to our children.

Do I get a receipt for tax purposes?

Yes, you will receive an acknowledgment letter from the Academy confirming receipt of your tax-deductible contribution.

Can I pay online? Is there a link?

Yes, you can pay online by going to Give Online

I have my pledge card completed. Where do I drop it off? Can I send it in my child’s backpack?

You may do either. The safest delivery is in person, dropped at the front desk or mailed in the self-addressed return envelope. Alternatively, you may send it into the school in your child’s backpack. Either way, they will be given to the Development Office for recording and deposit.

I lost my pledge card. Where do I get a new one?

Pledge cards are available at the reception desk or in the Development Office. You may also call or email the Development Office to request a pledge card be sent home in your child's backpack.