You probably know that Ben Lippen, as an independent school, does not receive public funding. Instead, we rely on tuition revenue and charitable giving to accomplish our mission of educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ. It is hard to imagine what Ben Lippen would be today without the financial sacrifices and contributions of our community. But have you ever wondered how all the pieces fit together?
It is our true desire to make a Ben Lippen education as affordable as possible and to maintain an inclusive community environment. To protect these things, each year we leave a portion of our needs for the Lord to develop through our donors, instead of simply raising tuition to cover our full operating expenses. The Ben Lippen Annual Fund is the avenue used to meet this need.
Gifts that go to the Annual Fund are simply undesignated contributions, or those that are given without a donor-specified project or purpose. Our donors are connected to the work of our school and believe that students who are deeply rooted in Jesus Christ will, by the power of His Word, bear much fruit. Many, if not all, have been touched by the annual fund personally.
This year, our goal for the Annual Fund is $200,000. Recurring gifts of any size can be made monthly, quarterly, or annually. We also have two online giving opportunities, Giving Tuesday on November 28 and Midlands Gives on May 1, in addition to our annual sporting clay event to be held on April 21. All annual fund gifts are tax-deductible and support every student from preschool through twelfth grade.
We are so grateful for the many donors who make Ben Lippen School a priority. A successful and growing annual fund ensures that our students, faculty, and staff have the resources necessary to achieve and maintain excellence. These funds will continue to be needed as we begin fulfilling the initiatives of our strategic plan that will include a capital campaign. Please look for the monthly thermometer updating our progress towards this vital goal.