Directing Your Gift
What’s your passion?
It’s hard to imagine what Worthington Christian School would be today without the generous financial blessings and sacrifices made by our community. Since 1973, many have walked with us as together we prepare young men and women to engage this ever-changing world for Jesus Christ. We are indeed blessed and thankful. If you would like to talk confidentially about supporting WC, contact Polly Shoemaker, director of advancement, by email or at 614-410-4231.
ADOPT A STUDENT
The gift of a lifetime.
An inherent quality of Christian education is making available financial assistance to mission-minded families who have a qualified financial need. Your gift to Adopt-A-Student or the WC Fund touches the lives of 225 students in a very personal way.
The margin between good and great.
Annual gifts made to the WC Fund are the lifeblood of the school. Reoccurring gifts made on an annual basis amplify tuition and provide the margin of excellence on which WC was founded and continues to flourish today.
In a day and age of special interest giving, the need for unrestricted gifts (gifts made without limitations) is escalating. Unrestricted gifts to the WC Fund enables school leaders to act nimbly and decisively at moments when doing so can make a real difference. For example, providing just a little more financial aid for the promising student of a single parent; enhancing a start-up package for a brilliant faculty candidate; improving the lights and sound in the auditorium for an upcoming theatrical production; replacing worn-out equipment in the strength and training room, or defraying expenses for faculty and coaches who engage students outside the classroom in discussions about God, school, relationships, and life in general. The WC Fund touches every area of the school—literally! Think of it as the Five A’s of the WC Fund.
Developing in students the mind of Christ is job #1. Since we’re a school (not the home or church), we accomplish this through rigorous academics taught by passionate, credentialed, and caring faculty.
A key distinctive of a WC education is the discipleship of students outside the classroom. Alumni repeatedly cite stories of passions that were flamed, skills that were developed, and spiritual truths that were caught through interaction with faculty and fellow students while engaged in chapel, student government, mission trips, field trips, events, service clubs, and more.
An inherent quality of Christian education is making available tuition assistance to mission-minded families who have a qualified financial need. Your gift to the WC Fund touches the lives of 225 students in a very personal way.
God’s Word tells us God is the original artist (Genesis 1:1), the one of whom the word “creator” is truly descriptive. At WC, we’re committed to giving students the opportunity to pursue their passion for the fine and performing arts. In fact, it’s one of WC’s fastest-growing programs.
The Reverend Billy Graham said, “One coach will impact more young people in one year than the average person does in a lifetime.” With over 70 percent of students in grades seven to 12 students participating in the athletic program, the opportunity for life-changing impact is enormous.
COVID-19 FAMILY RELIEF FUND
Initiative designed to increase financial aid for families impacted by COVID-19
The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has placed significant financial hardship, including unexpected expenses and lost income from employment, on many Worthington Christian School families. In response, we established a COVID-19 Family Tuition Relief Fund to help families continue enrollment at WC by increasing financial aid for the 2020-21 school year. The COVID-19 Family Tuition Relief Fund supplements our Adopt-A-Student financial aid program in order to support the increased number of families requesting and qualifying for financial aid.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FUNDS
A life-changing adventure with a purpose.
Since 2000, WCHS has partnered with S.C.O.R.E. International to offer a Senior Capstone trip to the Dominican Republic. The life-changing experience is a highlight for WC graduates.
This biennial trip allows WC graduates to return to the site of their senior capstone experience and to serve alongside fellow alumni. Gifts to this fund assists with trip expenses including serving the physical and spiritual needs of adults and children.
Gifts to this fund enable WC students and alumni to serve the physical and spiritual needs of adults and children when traveling to the Dominican Republic. Projects vary from year-to-year and can range from painting and roofing to purchasing craft supplies and music for VBS.
Gifts to this fund assist WC seniors who fall short of their individual fundraising goal; therefore, making it possible for them to participate in this annual capstone experience. Gifts may not be designated for a specific student.
Leaving a legacy for generations to come.
Planned gifts are made in lifetime or at death as part of an individual’s overall financial and estate planning. While some planned gifts provide a life-long income to the donor, others use estate and tax planning techniques to provide for WC and other heirs in ways that maximize the gift and minimize its impact on a donor’s estate.
The WC Foundation was established in 2012 for the express purpose of giving families a vehicle to create funds or contribute to existing funds intended for the future growth and development of WC. The WC Foundation is housed at The Columbus Foundation where gifts are invested in socially responsible stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. The proceeds from investments are either reinvested or distributed back to WC for their intended purpose.
A minimum gift of $25,000 is required to establish a new fund, but families are welcomed to contribute donations of any size to these existing accounts:
General Endowment Fund
This is a restricted fund designed to provide a long-term, stable source of revenue for WC that is not dependent upon tuition.
Above and Beyond in Christ Fund
This is a restricted fund where individuals may acknowledge and thank current and former WC faculty and staff who made an extraordinary impact on their life. Investment earnings and dividends provide continuing education dollars to faculty and staff, as well as supplemental classroom materials and supplies over-and-above the general operating budget.
Jack and Betty Anne Jeffrey Scholarship Fund
This restricted fund directs investment earnings and dividends to provide scholarships to WC seniors who might otherwise not be able to go on the annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Lillian St. Clair Fund
This is a restricted fund where investment earnings and dividends are to be used for general WC operation expenses as determined by the current WC Administration and Board of Directors.
This restricted fund directs investment earnings toward financial assistance by way of a scholarship to teachers for the purpose of aiding in continuing education. The criteria for the scholarship are as follows:
- The teacher has taught at WC for three or more school years;
- The teacher is pursuing a degree in an area that will benefit students; and
- The teacher has shown a commitment to WC.
Lynda Zimmerman Fund
This restricted fund directs investment earnings and dividends to provide additional dollars to help families who desire a Christian education for their children, as well as student scholarships to families in need.
New Teacher Welcome Fund
This is a restricted fund designed to assist Lower School teachers new to WC outfit and personalize their classroom by purchasing materials not covered by the operating budget.
A bright past is worth little without an investment in the future.
You’re likely familiar with the term “capital campaign.” A capital campaign is an intensive, organized, fundraising effort to secure gifts for a specific capital project like facilities. Unlike annual gifts or annual campaigns, capital gifts are pledged and paid over a specific period of time usually three to five years.
The WC Fund is the direct lifeline of the school. We won’t succeed if we obtain capital gifts at the expense of annual gifts. That’s like moving money from one pocket to another. Capital campaigns allow WC to grow on while the WC Fund allows us to live on.
WC is wrapping up its capital campaign entitled Forward Together to consolidate, realign, renovate, and construct facilities.
- Enter into a long-term lease agreement with Grace Polaris Church for 30-acres of land and facilities, including 75,000 square feet of classroom space. (Completed July 2017)
- Move grades 6-8 out of the modular buildings into the newly leased facilities. (Completed August 2017)
- Begin construction on a 30,000 square foot addition of educational space on the northwest quadrant of the current middle school. Upon completion, the new construction, in addition to the existing facilities, will become the new Upper School that serves grades 7-12. (Scheduled to be completed August 2020)
- Renovate the current high school in preparation to move grades K-6 to what will become the Lower School. (Scheduled to be completed by August 2020)
- Sell the current elementary school. (Completed September 2019)
KETTERING FUND FOR PERFORMING ARTS
Worship through the performing arts.
Gifts made to the Randy Kettering Family Performing Arts Fund advances WC’s flourishing performing arts program.
About Randy Kettering and Family
Randy and Jane Kettering became associated with Grace Polaris Church (formerly Grace Brethren Church) and WC in the early 1970s where they served until their retirement in June 2018. Randy and Jane have two daughters—Jeni and Jesi—who graduated from WC in 2000 and 2003 respectively.
“Randy has been faithful in his visionary, compassionate leadership. While music and communications have been his focus, his legacy includes that of a teacher, mentor, counselor, gifted artist, supporter, encourager, risk-taker, talent-recognizer, and friend.” —Kettering Performing Arts Fund Supporter
About the Kettering Performing Arts Fund
The Randy Kettering Family Performing Arts Fund has been established to advance Randy’s legacy of investing in others and using performing arts (band, choir, orchestra, and theatre) to bring honor and praise to the name of Jesus. Gifts to the Kettering Performing Arts Fund are used as follows:
- Financial assistance to help students with instrument rentals, school-sponsored performing arts trips, and other such expenses.
- Equipment or other resources identified by the Performing Arts Directors which enhance the performing arts program and are over-and-above WC’s operating budget.
- Partial scholarships for two students who are active participants in the performing arts program, who demonstrate compassionate leadership and use performing arts to glorify God, and who have financial need.
TIMESHARES FOR TEACHERS
Bless a teacher.
The heartbeat of WC is our faculty—the men and women called by God to educate and disciple this and future generations of Warriors for Christ. It is the influence of faculty that alumni and alumni parents mention most often when reflecting on their WC experience.
WC invites you to participate in a program designed to bless our faculty with an opportunity for respite and renewal. We’re seeking families willing to offer the use of the following at no or minimal charge to WC faculty:
- Privately Owned Vacation Homes
- Vacation Packages
- Airline Miles
- Hotel Points
Timeshares for Teachers gives faculty a rejuvenating vacation that they otherwise might not be able to afford.
How the Program Works
- Families express their desire to offer their timeshare, vacation home, etc. by clicking on the button and completing the online form.
- WC finalizes a list of donated opportunities by November 15.
- The list of possibilities is made available to full-time teachers, who in turn, express their interest by December 1.
- Selection is determined by lottery and communicated to teachers by December 15.
- Teachers make initial contact with donors by December 31 to begin making logistical arrangements.
How to Participate
Please submit the Timeshares for Teachers form by November 15. Donations of time at your timeshare, privately owned vacation home, etc. are not eligible for a tax deduction (IRS Publication 526).